Stories and op-eds

New insights into an ancient fish
2024-05-09

New insights into an ancient fish

Known as namew in Ililîmowin (the Moose Cree dialect), lake sturgeon in English: these are the largest freshwater fish in Canada.
Claire Farrell
Fewer frogs are a sign of a changing world
2024-04-23

Fewer frogs are a sign of a changing world

The WCS Canada assessment on the State of Frogs in Canada finds that nearly half of all frog species are at some level of risk.
Meagan Simpson
Earth Day first aimed to save species. To do that, we need to think about more than one
2024-04-21

Earth Day first aimed to save species. To do that, we need to think about more than one

Stories about individual animals capture media and public attention, but that focus must extend to the broader human and environmental systems threatening biodiversity.
Justina Ray
What the State of Whales tells us about conservation in Canada
2024-04-04

What the State of Whales tells us about conservation in Canada

Over half of Canada’s 40 whale species remain at some level of extinction risk.
Daniel Kraus, William Halliday, Stephen Insley
Wild species’ survival should shape National Biodiversity Strategy
2024-04-02

Wild species’ survival should shape National Biodiversity Strategy

In Montreal in 2022, Canada committed to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030. The federal government is developing a National Biodiversity Strategy, due later this year, to outline how this commitment can be achieved. Such a strategy is direly needed.
Daniel Kraus
Wildlife without boundaries
2024-03-01

Wildlife without boundaries

Migratory wildlife species are a shared heritage and a shared responsibility.
Daniel Kraus
Public Policy Developments WCS Canada is watching in 2024
2024-02-13

Public Policy Developments WCS Canada is watching in 2024

In this rundown of upcoming initiatives, we look ahead at some of the big public policy decisions expected in 2024 and explain what outcomes we will be pressing for from each. 
Tracking policy developments is just as important as tracking wildlife
2024-02-05

Tracking policy developments is just as important as tracking wildlife

Releasing a wolverine from a live trap can really get your heart pounding. Providing comments on a government policy, a lot less so.
What we all lose as more of Canada’s wildlife disappears
2024-01-24

What we all lose as more of Canada’s wildlife disappears

Canada officially has less biodiversity than one year ago.
Daniel Kraus
We can be the generation that holds on tight to our natural wealth
2024-01-05

We can be the generation that holds on tight to our natural wealth

Looking back over the past few years in biodiversity, there is one measure that stands out: the decline and extinction of wild species.
Daniel Kraus
Singing from the same song sheet: bringing the climate and biodiversity agendas together
2023-12-21

Singing from the same song sheet: bringing the climate and biodiversity agendas together

Earlier this month in Dubai at the COP28 climate talks, the world’s countries finally agreed that addressing the climate crisis will require a “transition away” from fossil fuels.
Justina Ray
More than minerals at stake in Ontario’s claim-staking boom
2023-12-19

More than minerals at stake in Ontario’s claim-staking boom

With a click of a mouse, mining interests have laid claim to more than 72,000 square kilometres of land in northern Ontario over the last five years.
Constance O'Connor
Scouting for Sound in the Arctic Depths
2023-11-15

Scouting for Sound in the Arctic Depths

Our Western Arctic team is tracking the performance of a new listening device – a “glider” that can roam beneath the water’s surface picking up sounds and other ocean state information.
William Halliday
After burn: The new face of fire puts wildlife on the hot seat
2023-11-01

After burn: The new face of fire puts wildlife on the hot seat

How Canada’s wildlife is struggling to cope with the human-induced forcings of climate change
Justina Ray, Hilary Cooke
Reflecting on Canadian Mountain Network’s Knowledge Sharing Summit 2023
2023-10-27

Reflecting on Canadian Mountain Network’s Knowledge Sharing Summit 2023

Cheyenne MacDonald, BSc, L'nua'tikete'w/Indigenous Relations Associate, reflects on September’s Canadian Mountain Network’s (3rd annual) Braiding Knowledge Sharing Summit
Cheyenne MacDonald

Storymaps

Caribou and mining

Caribou and mining

WCS Canada has developed an interactive story map that shows how we can track the cumulative disturbance from mineral exploration on the ranges of boreal caribou in Ontario.

Northern Peatlands in Canada

Northern Peatlands in Canada

This story map will take you on a journey through the northern peatlands of Canada and explain why they are so important for both climate and biodiversity.