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What’s the Best Way to Welcome Bats to the Neighborhood? The Goldilocks Approach.

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What’s the Best Way to Welcome Bats to the Neighborhood? The Goldilocks Approach.
(September 27, 2019)   -   Recent observations suggest possible problems with bat houses, and a need to revisit artificial roost structures. In fact, existing approaches may only meet some of the varied needs of bats and could, in some cases, create death traps in a rapidly warming climate.

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Fighting a bat killer: B.C. scientists testing new way to combat deadly fungus

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Fighting a bat killer: B.C. scientists testing new way to combat deadly fungus
(August 25, 2019)   -   Our bat research team was interviewed about their work to stop the spread of white-nose syndrome.

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Roosts for Tomorrow - Bat Houses Put into Context

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Roosts for Tomorrow - Bat Houses Put into Context
(June 27, 2019)   -   A webinar by WCS Canada scientist, Dr. Cori Lausen on the considerations that should be made for the use of bat houses.

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Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection

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Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection
(June 04, 2019)   -   Canada has committed to protecting 17% of our land base by 2020. So far, we're only at 10.7%. We also need to do a better job of identifying areas that are well suited to protecting biodiversity. That is why we are excited to launch a new conservation tool called Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Canada. Identifying Key Biodiversity Areas can help us pinpoint areas that serve many different species or that are highly unique and/or under severe threat. 

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Burned and beetle-killed forests need protection too

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Burned and beetle-killed forests need protection too
(June 03, 2019)   -   With forest fire season underway in Western Canada, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada has just released a timely report on the ecological value of burned and beetle-killed forests.

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Saving our caribou forces us to face tough questions

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Saving our caribou forces us to face tough questions
(May 16, 2019)   -   We all benefit from healthy ecosystems and biological diversity. It should not be up to any one community to bear the burden of making long-overdue changes to the way we approach protecting wildlife and wild places. Justina Ray discusses the contentious issue of caribou conservation in British Columbia.

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Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell

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Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell
(May 10, 2019)   -   Dr. Justina Ray, WCS Canada President, provides comments on the changes made to Ontario's Endangered Species Act as the U.N. releases a scientific report detailing Earth's biodiversity crisis.

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Studying the Elusive Wolverine, a Threatened Species in Northern Ontario

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Studying the Elusive Wolverine, a Threatened Species in Northern Ontario
(March 01, 2019) Matthew Scrafford is the Wolverine Conservation Scientist within Ontario’s Northern Boreal Landscape program at WCS Canada. In this piece for the Thunder Bay Field Naturalist, Matt describes how he found himself a wolverine expert, and the challenges and rewards he faces trying to conserve the species in the field. Read Matthew's article in Nature Northwest here

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Life Under the Ice

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Life Under the Ice
(February 20, 2019) With ice melting in Canada’s Northwest Passage, the area will soon be a new route for international shipping. This will have potentially big impacts on the life there. We are studying the area and planning for this with local communities, government scientists, and managers. For one part of that work, we are going to document the marine life in the western Canadian Arctic, in particular the remote and mostly frozen Viscount Melville Sound. Let’s look under the ice!Read more on the&nb...

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Ontario’s review of Endangered Species Act must address long-term ecosystem damage

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Ontario’s review of Endangered Species Act must address long-term ecosystem damage
(January 31, 2019) Are protections for endangered species just another bureaucratic burden that is holding back economic development in Ontario? That’s the below-the-surface premise that seems to lie behind the Ford government’s latest action to “streamline” environmental regulation in this province. Last week, the government announced a review of the Endangered Species Act, saying that the current act is “unclear, administratively burdensome, time consuming and costly for applic...

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