Canada Conservation

Small Acts Of Conservation Go A Long Way This Earth Day

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

When it comes to nature conservation, a little goes a long way. Small-scale conservation efforts can have a huge impact and help ensure that we and future generations can enjoy precious natural spaces. This Earth Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada challenges you to partake in at least one small act of conservation.

Canada's Role In Preventing Species' Extinctions

Dan Kraus | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

One of the most powerful tools of nature conservation in the 21st century is our ability to put the protection of Canadian species into a global context. By documenting Canadian species that are not just rare in Canada, but rare everywhere, we can better understand the role of Canadian conservation efforts in preventing global species extinctions.

New Protections Skim Surface Of Canada's Complex Water Issues

David Suzuki | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough? Thinking of the ocean in square kilometres is just skimming the surface. Life thrives throughout the water column, top to bottom.

Sealers Want To Start Annual Hunt During Pup Season. Enough Is Enough

Sheryl Fink | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Living
Sheryl Fink

Allowing the commercial seal slaughter to proceed while helpless pups are still nursing from their mothers is absolutely unacceptable. Harp seals are already facing threats from climate change and commercial exploitation; we should not be removing one of the few remaining protections left for this species.

Discover The Wonderful World Of Canadian Sparrows

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

When asked to picture a sparrow, I think a lot of us, especially the city dwellers, think of the common house sparrow. Though ubiquitous across southern Canada, this little sparrow is not actually native to North America.

Trump's Funding Cuts Would Be 'Devastating' For Great Lakes: Mayors

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Politics

"Great Lakes protection is not a partisan issue."

Mourners Remember Toronto Filmmaker For Environmental Impact

CP | Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Saturday.

Why Canada Matters On World Wetlands Day

Dan Kraus | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

We have not been good stewards of our planet's wetlands. Although they cover only about six per cent of the Earth's surface, wetlands are one of the most impacted habitats. The global loss of wetlands is staggering. Since 1900, more than 64 per cent of the world's wetlands have been lost, with about 50 per cent of this loss occurring since 1970.

Government Report On Salmon Ignores Science, Recommends Grey Seal Cull

Sheryl Fink | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

There is neither scientific evidence that grey seals are impacting salmon stocks, nor anything to indicate that a seal cull would improve salmon recovery. In fact, scientists warn that killing off top predators such as seals could make the situation worse, resulting in unexpected and undesired consequences on salmon and other species.

Saving Our Planet: 10 Good News Conservation Stories From 2016

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

These 10 stories from Canada and around the world show how communities, governments and organizations are providing solutions that are reversing the loss of biodiversity and the ecological services that nature provides.

The Sumatra Wildlife Sanctuary

Jessie Golem | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada
Jessie Golem

Photo by Danielle Da Silva. Anybody should be lucky enough to encounter a situation that causes enough conviction to actively change life's course of...

Canada Doesn't Need A 'National Seal Products Day'

Sheryl Fink | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sheryl Fink

The comment was made that National Seal Products Day "makes a statement, not a holiday." But statements will do little to benefit Inuit sealers who could use real and tangible assistance in accessing the markets for products from their full-use seal hunt. They also fail to provide viable alternatives for fishermen in Atlantic Canada.

Big Is Good, But We Have An Obligation To Go Bigger

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Now is the time for us to take the big step. Conservation is no longer about creating one on one partnerships. Instead, we need to work together to advance the social bottom line, and make a significant difference towards our domestic and global contributions.

Canada's Grasslands: Save The World's Most Endangered Ecosystem

Dan Kraus | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Endangerment comes down to risk - the risk of losing a species, habitat or ecosystem for future generations. When we look at the risk factors for endangerment the winners (actually, the losers) are temperate grasslands, including the good, old Great Plains of Oh Canada.

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
Ecojustice

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 04.22.2017 | 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 04.02.2017 | 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.