Canada Wildlife

A Letter To The Bishop Blaming Gays For The Fort McMurray Fires

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Instead of focusing on the "stories of Sodom and Gomorrah" and using that in the same conversation about a horrific incident that has left many homeless here in Canada, you should go and find your heart because your comments are shameful and distasteful.

Support For Fort McMurray Makes Me Proud To Be Canadian

Cody Battershill | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

Albertans and Canadians -- and even many outside our borders -- have shown a level of giving, selflessness and strength that is hard to imagine. But you have to see that generosity in action to believe it. It's all very, very inspiring.

Seals And Sea Lions Pay The Price For B.C. Salmon Farming

Jeff Matthews | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Jeff Matthews

"Marine mammal interactions" (a.k.a. deaths) are a well-known and inevitable consequence of open-pen salmon farming. It's hard not to see how putting large numbers of slow-moving, artificially fattened fish directly into the habitat of hungry sea lions is flawed by design.

Will Toronto Go Wild About Wild Bees?

David Suzuki Foundation | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki Foundation

You may be wondering why this all matters. It is important because wild bees and other pollinators are facing similar declines to honey bees. Threats range from pesticides and herbicides to loss of habitat to disease outbreaks and a dramatically changing climate.

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.

Climate Change May Boost Toxic Algae That Can Be Lethal

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

''Is this what the future holds?''

Ending Open-Net Salmon Farming Is The Only Way Forward

Dan Lewis | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dan Lewis

While B.C. salmon runs are greatly diminished from historic levels, what is left is world-class and definitely worth fighting for. Wild salmon face a multitude of challenges, but aquaculture is one which is entirely within our ability to regulate.

Odd Animals You Never Knew Existed (And How To Meet Them)

Aaron Winston Smith | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living
Aaron Winston Smith

While these animals may not star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio anytime soon, nor likely to be chosen as supporting cast for the next Disney blockbuster, they're still in need of attention. These are threatened species -- some due to hunting, others to habitat loss from industrialization. Today, travelers are digging in to preserve their future, and giving them a much needed turn in the spotlight.

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.

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.

Canada Should Be A Global Leader In Natural Habitat Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Canada has a rare opportunity, indeed an obligation, to be a world leader in the conservation of natural habitat and by doing so to contribute directly to the fight against climate change. Conservation of our natural ecosystems is integral to any effective Canadian strategy to slow climate change and to mitigate its effects. Significant scientific evidence shows that the destruction and clearing of forests, grasslands and wetlands, in addition to the burning of fossil fuels, has resulted in a substantial increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere.

We Need To End Trophy Hunting In British Columbia

Andrew Weaver | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

In the grizzly hunting debate, the B.C. legislature appears to be the last stronghold protecting the trophy hunting industry in our province. Economic, scientific, and social justifications for the practice don't add up. Ecotourism and bear viewing companies generate more revenue than their trigger-happy counterparts, and they are far more sustainable over the long term.

Killing More Bears Won't Reduce Human-Bear Conflict

Sheryl Fink | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Sheryl Fink

Killing more bears will do little to reduce nuisance bears while municipalities continue to allow plastic bags of garbage at curbside. Reducing attractants and learning to live with black bears is the solution -- not the expansion of a poorly monitored, scientifically unsupported and inhumane spring bear hunt.

We Need To Save Caribou From Local Extinction

Andrew Weaver | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

We need to protect as much land as possible from all human activities so remaining wildlife populations have the space and resources needed to respond to predation and food supply challenges. The cost of restricting industrial development in B.C.'s forests would be expensive in terms of lost revenue, but it would save us having to micromanage every dwindling species.

Cecil The Lion Hunter Has An Alberta Connection

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Alberta

Palmer's kill is listed as the 187th largest typical mule deer recorded in Alberta.

Parks Canada Wants Public To Report Tourists Who Feed Wildlife

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Alberta

Parks Canada is encouraging people to use their smart phones to record license plate numbers and images of people feeding wildlife.

Do We Love Elephants Enough to Save Them From Extinction?

Lisa Abram | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Lisa Abram

There is an overwhelming urgency to save elephants, the world's largest land mammal, from extinction. Quite simply, there are less of them around than when the world community agreed to create Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

12 Ways to Improve Your Nature Photography Game

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

If one of your goals when you get outside to enjoy Canada's vast natural spaces this summer is to bring home some awe-inspiring photographs, you may be wondering where to start. We spoke with Bruce Kirkby, an award-winning wilderness writer and adventure photographer to get his take on what makes a great nature photo.

Killing Animals Shouldn't Be Called "Conservation"

Stephen Hampton | Posted 05.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Stephen Hampton

Earlier this week, one of the world's last rhinoceroses was killed in the name of saving the species -- at least that's what the hunter who took the shot wants you to think. Eighteen months ago, Corey Knowlton made international headlines when he purchased the "right" to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia. The Dallas Safari Club announced that it would be auctioning off the right to hunt the rhino and Mr. Knowlton sprang at the opportunity, spending $350,000 to win the auction. With less than five thousand black rhinos left in the wild, we should be valuing each one and doing our best to keep them alive.

Most Media Stories About Wildlife Usually End Up Being About Us

Maija Leivo | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Maija Leivo

When I consider most media stories about wildlife, it usually ends up being about us.

Season for Elephant Torture Is Underway in Kerala, India

Sangita Iyer | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The world renowned Trissur Pooram kicks off from April 29-30. More than 100 male elephants will be trucked in and displayed on the famous Thekkingkaadu Maidaan, in the heart of Trissur city. They will be transported from all across Kerala to the state's cultural hub, and paraded day and night, forced to stand for 36 straight hours, most of the time beneath the scorching sun.

Why You Shouldn't Feed The Animals

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

From parks to backyards, we can expect to see a range of different critters all expecting to find an easy source of food and possibly a home for mating and reproduction. Many of us will appease their needs by offering an assortment of foods ranging from seeds to fruits and vegetables. But that act may be doing more harm than good.

Local Hunters or Not, Every Bullet Is the Same to a Bear

Chris Genovali | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Complaining about not getting enough wildlife to kill, as compared to non-resident hunters, has been prominent in the BCWF's calculated messaging. In contrast, provincial mortality statistics show that from 1978 through 2011, resident hunters killed 5,900 grizzlies while non-resident hunters killed 4,100. To those 10,000 bears it was no consolation whether the bullets ripping through their bodies, causing immeasurable pain and suffering, were fired from the guns of resident or non-resident hunters.

The Rewilding of Southern Canada Has Brought Back the Raven

Dan Kraus | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The common raven is part of a pattern of rewilding migrations to southern Canada that have occurred over the last century. Bald eagles, fishers and beavers have similar homecomings. These species originally occurred in southern Canada, but retracted their ranges to northern, wilder homes.

The World Should Learn From Canadian Conservation

Jeff Wells | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada
Jeff Wells

Many of the stories told at the World Parks Congress will emphasize work in parts of the world struggling with fragmented landscapes, greatly depleted wildlife and ecosystems on the edge of collapse. But conservation in Canada is uniquely different.