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SHAPE of Nature

The SHAPE (Species, Habitats, Actions, Policies, and Evaluations) of Nature provides a comprehensive clearinghouse of information on nature and conservation in Canada that is founded on science and accessible to everyone.

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2021 Annual Report

This is our decision decade. In the next 10 years, either we will take steps to embrace biodiversity protection and climate action or we will watch the window close on a last best opportunity to reverse the combined crisis of declining ecosystem health and an unravelling climate.

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WCS Canada scientists get their boots muddy studying wildlife and wild places across Canada in hopes of spurring action to address our growing biodiversity crisis.

10 Canadian Species on the Edge of Extinction

Knowing about wildlife and conservation issues from around the world is important if we are going to save endangered species. But it’s perhaps even more important for people living in Canada to know about the plants and animals we have right here in our own country that are also endangered. Because these are the species where our actions at home will determine if they slip over the brink of extinction.

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22 reasons conservation in Canada matters to the planet

While there are myriad actions that need to be taken to help conserve biodiversity in Canada, one simple action we can all take today is to learn a little more about nature where we live.

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Latest Publications

Microbial isolates with Anti‑Pseudogymnoascus destructans activities from Western Canadian bat wings
Forsythe, A. et al. (incl. Lausen, C.L.). 2022. Scientific Reports 12:9895
Efficacy and ethics of intensive predator management to save endangered caribou
Johnson, C.J., Ray, J.C and St-Laurent, M-H. 2022. Conservation Science and Practice e12729
Developing a national level evidence-based toolbox for addressing freshwater biodiversity threats
Reid et al. (incl. O'Connor, C.M.). 2022. Biological Conservation 269:109533
Coupling validation effort with in situ bioacoustic data improves estimating relative activity and occupancy for multiple species with cross-species misclassifications
Stratton, C. et al (incl. Lausen, C. and Rae, J. ). 2022. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 2022;00:1-16.
Quantifying firebrand production and transport using the acoustic analysis of in-fire cameras.
Quantifying firebrand production and transport using the acoustic analysis of in-fire cameras. Thompson, D. K. et al. (incl. Yip, D.A.) Fire Technology

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WCS Canada's newsletters have stories about our scientists in the field, interesting insights about wildlife and important conservation alerts.

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Latest policy comments

Joint Comment - WCS + Oceans North Letter to Canada re: CITES CoP19 Shark Proposal - July 2022
A joint letter to Adam Burns, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada urging Canada to support strong, science-based proposals to include additional shark species on the Appendix II at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The addition of the requiem and hammerhead shark and guitarfish ray family-level listing proposals would, when combined with the Appendix II shark and ray listings adopted at the past three CoPs, help ensure that only legal, sustainable trade in sharks and rays can continue.
WCS Canada Comments on Discussion Paper - Preparing for Climate Change: Canada's National Adaptation Strategy
Thank you for the opportunity to submit our remarks on the Discussion Paper, ‘Preparing for Climate Change: Canada’s National Adaption Strategy’. We do so in our collective capacity as conservation scientists on behalf of Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. Here we offer high-level comments in support of the strong role that can and should be played by the federal government for Canada to adapt to climate change. Our comments focus on the role of the “Thriving Natural Environment” as one of five “systems” across which Canada intends to “advance climate preparedness”. In general, while we were pleased to see a larger role acknowledged in this strategy for the Natural Environment than has been evident in previous versions, this “system” should not be considered or addressed in isolation.
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada comments on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
We were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft 2022 to 2026 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Here we offer high-level comments in support of the strong role that can and should be played by the federal government in promoting truly sustainable development in Canada. In light of the fact that the Federal Sustainable Development Act compels the federal government to establish environmental goals, targets and set implementation strategies for each target, we are encouraged by the focus of the document on all 17 SDGs, rather than the subset of “environmentally-focused” SDGs that were covered in the 2019-2021 strategy.

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Photo credits: Banner | Susan Morse © News | Mountain landscape: Susan Morse ©,  River: Maitland Conservation Authority ©, Caribou: Don Reid © WCS Canada, Peatlands: Mike Oldham  | Bat with WNS © NPS/Creative Commons License  | Mosaic: Northern Mountains: Hilary Cooke © WCS Canada, Wolverine: Susan Morse ©. Brook Trout: Engbretson Underwater Photography ©, Bat: Cory Olson ©, Wild Places: Hilary Cooke © WCS Canada, Ontario River: Constance O'Connor © WCS Canada, Caribou: Susan Morse © | Black-capped chickadee © Malcolm Boothroyd | Yukon mining: Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle © WCS Canada. 

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