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A tiny natural treasure buried deep beneath a mountain 

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A tiny natural treasure buried deep beneath a mountain 
(January 30, 2023) In Banff National Park, Castleguard Cave becomes one of the first sites in Alberta to be recognized as a globally significant Key Biodiversity Area (KBA).    Researchers exploring the cave. Image: Colin Magee (Banff, January 30, 2023) — Deep in a remote cave system in Banff National Park is a tiny, largely transparent creature that looks something like a miniscule shrimp. Despite its tiny size, this freshwater amphipod crustacean, known as the Castleguard Cave Amphip...

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Lake Sturgeon in deeper trouble than previously thought

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Lake Sturgeon in deeper trouble than previously thought
(December 15, 2022)   Northern Ontario is one of the last strongholds for a species now considered endangered worldwide  15 December 2022, Montreal — As CoP15 negotiations continue in Montreal around actions to address the global biodiversity crisis, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has issued some bad news on one particular species. In a recent update, the IUCN has announced a change to the global Red List status of lake sturgeon, from “least concern&rd...

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Media Availability: What Canada can do at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) to address the nature crisis

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Media Availability: What Canada can do at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) to address the nature crisis
(December 09, 2022)     Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS) Canada scientists seeing this crisis on the ground while working on solutions from coast-to-coast-to-coast  (MONTREAL, December 6, 2022) — The numbers are stark: up to one million species at risk of extinction worldwide, natural ecosystems that have lost half their global area, the biomass of wild animals plunging by 82 per cent, all according to the landmark report released by the Intergovernmental Science-Pol...

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Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s Justina Ray wins 2022 Conservation Leadership Award

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Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s Justina Ray wins 2022 Conservation Leadership Award
(November 01, 2022) SEATTLE—The Wilburforce Foundation announced today it is presenting one of four 2022 Conservation Leadership Awards (CLA) to Dr. Justina Ray — President and Senior Scientist of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada — for her ongoing work on science-based conservation policy and partnerships with First Nations across northern Canada. “Justina sets a powerful example for bringing science to policymakers in compelling, accessible ways that leads to conservation of cr...

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Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan confirms commitment to peatlands

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Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan confirms commitment to peatlands
(May 16, 2022)   -   Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan reaffirms a commitment to “Investing in nature and natural climate solutions” through a $780 million fund to “conserve, restore and enhance Canada’s vast and globally significant endowment of wetlands, peatlands and grasslands to store and capture carbon.” In this article, President and Senior Scientist Justina Ray comments on peatlands as one of the greatest carbon capture systems on Earth.

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10 Years of WCS Canada-Weston Family Foundation Fellowships!

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10 Years of WCS Canada-Weston Family Foundation Fellowships!
(April 07, 2020)   -   With generous support from The Weston Family Foundation, WCS Canada has awarded annual fellowships to graduate students for the past ten years! This report summarizes the impact of the WCS Canada - Weston Family Foundation Fellowships since 2009.

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COVID-19 and conservation: Planetary health has never been more important to human health

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COVID-19 and conservation: Planetary health has never been more important to human health
(March 27, 2020)   -   Learn about what WCS Canada is doing to get to the root cause of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19.

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Tiny Songbird Makes Record Migration, U of G Study Proves

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(March 19, 2019)   -   For the first time, University of Guelph biologists have tracked an annual migration of up to 20,000 kilometres made by the 12-gram blackpoll warbler, one of the fastest declining songbirds in North America.

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Across North America and the Atlantic, Documenting an Enormous Migration Journey for a Tiny Songbird

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(March 19, 2019)   -   AMHERST, Mass. ­– Blackpoll warblers that breed in western North America may migrate up to 12,400 miles roundtrip each year, some crossing the entire North American continent before making a nonstop trans-ocean flight of up to four days to South America. Now a new study led by first author Bill DeLuca at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and project lead Ryan Norris at the University of Guelph, Ontario offers details of the feat.

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Culture Revolution: Scientists Developing Probiotic Cocktail to Combat Deadly Bat Disease

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(October 26, 2017) (TORONTO - October 26, 2017) – Researchers in Canada are developing a new preventative treatment to combat a deadly disease that is decimating bat populations by taking a cue from human probiotics.Think yogurt for bats.The new treatment, which is being developed by Dr. Naowarat Cheeptham of Thompson Rivers University, Dr. Cori Lausen of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada and Dr. J.P. Xu of McMaster University, uses the principle of probiotics - introducing “goo...

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