A tiny gem hidden on a High Arctic island takes the spotlight

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(February 13, 2024) In a steep gully at the head of a fiord on Ellesmere Island grows a moss that forms small brilliant green colonies that have a distinctive “sparkly” appearance. It’s called Porsild's Bryum (Haplodontium macrocarpum or ijju nunami/ᐃᔾᔪ ᓄᓇᒥ in Inuktitut). This moss is designated as "threatened" by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).    Photo: Porsild’s Bryum, by René Belland The few locations whe...

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Discovery of songs of silver-haired bats may help this potentially endangered species

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(January 12, 2024) Discovery of second-known North American bat species to sing A conservation tool for identifying bats in the wild that are coming into increasing conflict with wind power development Demonstrates another fascinating ability for often underappreciated bats A new paper, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, documents only the second known instance of a North American bat singing. Based on recordings made outside two old mine sites used by silver-haired bats in British Columbia and a...

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Southwestern Ontario’s “backyard” gets national recognition as stronghold for wildlife 

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(January 05, 2024) Despite centuries of agriculture and urban development, two natural areas in southern Ontario have gained national recognition for their importance to nature: the Nith River south of Kitchener, and Wainfleet Bog near Niagara Falls. A cooperation between Six Nations Wildlife and Stewardship Office and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada led to the recent acceptance of these sites as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs): places that play an outsized role in maintaining globally and nationally...

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Bats need homes, but they need the right homes

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(November 27, 2023)   -   A new guide to bat houses says bats need a variety of housing approaches to meet their needs.

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New report shows Canada’s trees in growing trouble

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New report shows Canada’s trees in growing trouble
(March 21, 2023) Almost one-quarter of tree species now at risk   Photo: Swamp cottonwood by Matt Reala (iNaturalist). Almost one in four Canadian tree species is now at risk in Canada according to a new assessment by the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada as part of its ongoing SHAPE of Nature initiative to track the health of Canada’s wildlife and wild places.   “For a country so closely identified with forests, this is alarming news,” says Dan Kraus who led...

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A tiny natural treasure buried deep beneath a mountain 

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A tiny natural treasure buried deep beneath a mountain 
(January 30, 2023) In Banff National Park, Castleguard Cave becomes one of the first sites in Alberta to be recognized as a globally significant Key Biodiversity Area (KBA).    Researchers exploring the cave. Image: Colin Magee (Banff, January 30, 2023) — Deep in a remote cave system in Banff National Park is a tiny, largely transparent creature that looks something like a miniscule shrimp. Despite its tiny size, this freshwater amphipod crustacean, known as the Castleguard Cave Amphip...

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The door to a better biodiversity future is now open

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The door to a better biodiversity future is now open
(December 22, 2022) The closing plenary of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, CoP15, in Montreal, December 2022. Photo: UN Biodiversity Convention on Biological Diversity negotiations produce a solid deal that lays the groundwork for more ambitious efforts to address the biodiversity crisis in Canada and around the world. By Justina Ray, WCS Canada President and Senior Scientist Negotiations on a new global deal to save nature reached their tipping point at just about the same time that Lionel...

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Lake Sturgeon in deeper trouble than previously thought

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Lake Sturgeon in deeper trouble than previously thought
(December 15, 2022)   Northern Ontario is one of the last strongholds for a species now considered endangered worldwide  15 December 2022, Montreal — As CoP15 negotiations continue in Montreal around actions to address the global biodiversity crisis, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has issued some bad news on one particular species. In a recent update, the IUCN has announced a change to the global Red List status of lake sturgeon, from “least concern&rd...

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CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas - a tool for effective biodiversity conservation in Canada

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CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas - a tool for effective biodiversity conservation in Canada
(December 13, 2022) This panel event brought together leaders and partners of the KBA Canada initiative to demonstrate how this collaborative project is assembling biodiversity data and knowledge to identify all Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada, and presented the progress made to date. Panelists described the organization of KBA Canada, collaborations with Indigenous partners across the country, how the project is catalyzing the assemblage and organization of biodiversity data in Canada, Canadian leadership in iden...

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CoP15 Event: From Peatlands to the Ocean, a Global Opportunity in Canada

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CoP15 Event: From Peatlands to the Ocean, a Global Opportunity in Canada
(December 11, 2022)   The 90 minute panel brought together Indigenous leaders, scientists and conservation experts from Canada’s Hudson Bay Lowland and surrounding sea. Panelists spoke to their homelands, irrecoverable carbon stores of the Hudson Bay Lowland, the looming  threat of Ring of Fire mining, global stopovers for North America’s birds, tales of living with polar bears and Indigenous-led conservation in the sea. Dr. Lorna Harris, Forests, Peatlands, and Climat...

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