Canada Conservation

Wolf And Coyote Traps Are Killing Grizzly Bears

sadie parr | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Alberta
sadie parr

Grizzlies are extremely susceptible to being caught in wolf or coyote killing snares. Although there are designated areas and seasons to protect grizzlies from falling victim to snares, these are quite ineffective in protecting bears. Hundreds upon hundreds of wolves are killed every year for a bounty that also causes the by-catch death of grizzly bears and countless other animals. In this new millennium, Canada has returned to the old adage of "shoot, shovel, and shut up."

Canada's Role As Steward Of The World's Forests Matters

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

anada is a forest nation. About 35 per cent (or roughly 3.48 million square kilometres) of the country is covered by forest. That's an area larger than the size of India! In fact, Canada's forests are bigger than all but five of the world's countries.

Many Birds Are On The Decline, But Canada Has A Solution

Jeff Wells | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Jeff Wells

Stretching from Alaska to Labrador, the Boreal has more intact forest than the Amazon and nearly twice as much carbon in storage as tropical forests. It is a crowning jewel at the top of the globe. Preserving it now will make bird species more resilient as they face climate change and habitat loss along their migration routes south.

40 Canadian Species Are At Risk Of Global Extinction

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The number of Canadian species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has more than doubled since 2010. While some of these species such as the polar bear, sea otter or whooping crane are in the public eye, the fate and future of many is guarded by a just handful of committed Canadians.

Nature's Most Dangerous And Destructive Super Predator – Is Us

David Suzuki | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Predation is an important natural function. But as the human population has grown, we've taken over management of ecosystems once based on mutually beneficial relationships that maintained natural balances. How are we, a "super predator," aligning with or diverging from natural predation processes that shaped the world?

We Need To Work Together To Protect Migratory Bird Habitats

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Migratory Bird Treaty led to important environmental legislation being passed in both the U.S. and Canada to make it illegal for anyone to take or sell any migratory bird, its parts, nests or eggs unless they had a valid permit to do so.

Pushing To Protect Canada's First And Only National Urban Park

Ecojustice | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Impact

The Rouge River and Valley ecosystem is surrounded by more than 100 square kilometres of publicly owned Greenbelt lands in an unusual location -- next to one of Canada's most-urbanized areas. The Rouge is home to sensitive forest and wetland areas, and more than 1,700 species of plants and animals.

We Need To Take Canadian Conservation Seriously

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Our planet is a very different place today than when your grandparents were born. Despite the copious amount of conservation work occurring on a daily basis by citizens, volunteers and environmental groups, biodiversity is continuing to be lost in Canada. We need to restore Earth's "factory settings."

Celebrate The International Day For Biological Diversity With Micro Conservation

Dan Kraus | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

There's nothing like the potential loss of Earth's rich biodiversity and planetary life support systems to make one feel, well, a little overwhelmed. Our individual actions can seem like small roles on a very big stage. But it's important to remember that our current crisis of biodiversity loss didn't result from one catastrophic event.

Canada's Parks Are The Country's Gift To The World

Dan Kraus | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dan Kraus

Canada's greatest contribution to sustaining our planet's biodiversity and ecological services may very well be our abundance. From some of the world's largest intact forests and wetlands, to wild northern rivers, to spectacles of bird and mammal migrations, Canada is one of only a handful of countries with true wilderness and wild spaces remaining.

Cross-Border Conservation Partnership Benefits All Provinces

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

There has been a lot of attention and coverage in recent days about close relations between Canada and the United States and meetings between our respective political leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest. Among these many common issues, one area where there has been friendship and considerable goodwill for more than 30 years is the shared pursuit of conservation.

This St. Patrick's Day, Try Celebrating Snake Patrick's Day

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

To this day, the grassy landscapes of Ireland remain free of any snake species. And despite the popular tale of Saint Patrick banishing them all, they always have. According to scientists, there has never been any fossil evidence of snakes found on the island; proving no snake has ever slithered on Irish soil. It is believed snakes were unable to reach these lands due to the Ice Age, which kept Irish territory too cold for snakes to survive.

Can This Radically Sustainable Home Survive A Cold, Canadian Winter?

David Dodge | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

An earthship is an off-grid home that produces its own energy, captures its own water, treats its own wastewater, grows its own food and passively collects the sun's energy for heat. That's the idea, anyways. But ever since the Kinney Earthship was built in the summer of 2014, Duncan Kinney has received many emails about one particular subject: how does it hold up so far north?

We Should Love Bees, Especially The Wild Ones

David Suzuki | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Public attention in Canada has largely focused on domesticated European honeybees, but research indicates the honeybee crisis is part of a wider problem affecting hundreds of lesser-known but crucially important wild bee species.

Environmentalists Take TransCanada To Court Over Energy East

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Business

They want to subject the Energy East pipeline to Quebec's environmental regulations.

Endangered Dolphin Dies After Being Passed Around For Photos

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada

The Franciscana is one of the world’s smallest dolphins.

The Science Behind The Great Bear Rainforest Deal

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Great Bear Rainforest Agreement was negotiated by such a diverse group of interests that at times consensus seemed all but impossible. Independent conservation science played a key role in bringing these seemingly incompatible interests to the same table. The science helped them find common ground when discussing how to manage and relate to this very special place.

It's Time To Protect The Great Bear Rainforest's Grizzlies

David Suzuki | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The agreement between government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups to protect much of the Great Bear Rainforest should be celebrated. However, while the agreement helps protect grizzly bear and other wildlife habitat, it doesn't protect the bears themselves, contrary to B.C. Premier Christy Clark's claims at a news conference.

Logging Ban Saves The Great Bear Rainforest For Future Generations

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

On the first day of February 2006, a landmark agreement that has been called "one of the most visionary forest conservation plans on Earth" was inked by First Nations elders, the provincial government and environmentalists. Eighty five per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest -- at 3.1 million hectares, an area roughly twice the size of Vancouver Island -- is permanently off limits to logging.

Caring For Canada's Wetlands -- Before It's Too late

Dan Kraus | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Dan Kraus

If you used water today to brush your teeth, cook or quench your thirst, you should probably thank a wetland! World Wetlands Day, celebrated every February 2nd, is an opportunity to learn about the value and importance of wetlands to Canadians. If you're wondering why you should care, consider what wetlands do for us.

Energy East Pipeline Would Cross 828 Bodies Of Water In Quebec

CBC | CBC News | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada

Including 28 beaver ponds.

2015 Marked A Turning Point For Canadian Nature Conservation

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

After years of steady, but slow, steps in nature conservation, our collective stride seems to have lengthened in 2015. We still need to act on commitments to create more terrestrial and marine protected areas. We still have Canadian species that are at risk of disappearing. We still have parks and protected areas that need to be buffered and better connected.

Cute Overload: California Sea Otter Breaks Into Aquarium To Give Birth

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.26.2015 | Canada Living

"We’re talking umbilical-chord-still-attached, whoa-is-that-yep-that’s-the-placenta new-born otter pup."

B.C.'s Wolf And Bear Hunting Policies Ignore The Uncertainties

Chris Genovali | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Genovali

Proposing a year-round open season on wolves primarily based upon anecdotal evidence from special interests who possess a self-serving intolerance of large carnivores, such as trophy hunters, is the antithesis of science-based wildlife management.

End Christy Clark's Unnecessary And Cruel War On Wildlife

Jeff Matthews | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jeff Matthews

For most Canadians, the end of the Harper era brought hope for the return of reason to environmental policy in this country. Not so on the West Coast, where B.C. premier Christy Clark has assumed the Harper mantle of industrialization over conservation and declared her own war against wildlife.