Highlights/conservation

Environment, Indigenous

Canadians strongly support nature conservation: poll

An overwhelming majority of Canadians supports the federal government’s commitment to set aside at least 17 per cent of Canada’s lands and inland waters as protected conservation areas by 2020, according to a new poll. Almost nine out of 10» 

Environment, Society

Prime Alberta ranchland donated for research and conservation.

Two announcements this week have major implications for conservation and animal research. The first was the donation of an entire working cattle ranch to the University of Calgary. The WA Ranches, a large working beef cattle operation worth an estimated $44» 

Environment, Indigenous

Ottawa and Dehcho First Nations create Canada’s newest Indigenous protected area

The federal government and Dehcho First Nations in the Northwest Territories have agreed to a landmark deal that will protect a “breadbasket” wilderness area from resource development for generations to come. The agreement signed by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and» 

Environment, Society

Get out of the house and into the ‘outdoors’

Survey shows appreciation for nature, but growing disconnect Canada is blessed with millions of square kilometres of wilderness, in addition to numerous national, provincial and municipal parks. It’s an ideal place to experience and enjoy nature, and in most cases» 

Environment, Indigenous, Internet, Science and Technology

Conservation groups hope to educate Canadians with new Arctic marine atlas

Faced with dramatic shifts in the Arctic due to joint pressures of climate change and industrial development, a trio of Canadian NGOs released Monday an educational tool they hope will help shape the conversation about protecting the region’s fragile environment» 

Environment, Society

Wilderness preserved: Conservationists acquire large tract of Great Lakes land.

Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater body of water by surface area. It’s location in northern Ontario means it has not had quite the same amount of development pressure. That pressure is growing however as more people seek waterfront» 

Environment, Society

Natural forest corridor, rich biosphere protected

With the help of the government of Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has acquired land to protect 48 hectares along the Rideau Waterway near Lake Ontario. The land is comprised of towering granite ridges, rich forests and pristine shoreline.» 

Environment, Indigenous, International

The end of the south Selkirk caribou virtually certain

They were called the “ghost herd” because there were so few in number, and so seldom seen. Now they’re on their way to become just that, ghosts. Of a herd which once had vast numbers at the beginning of the» 

Environment, International

Scientists alarmed: no right whale calves

No calves spotted this year For decades conservationists, and scientists have been extremely concerned about the population of North Atlantic right whales. Estimates are that there are now less than 450 of the animals left, only about 100 of which» 

Environment

Killing of bear cub was illegal, allege activists

A wildlife advocacy group has taken the government court for the killing an apparently orphaned bear cub in British Columbia. Tiana Jackson found the animal by the side of the road near Dawson Creek in May 2016. She called the»