Stories and op-eds

What’s the Best Way to Welcome Bats to the Neighborhood? The Goldilocks Approach.
2019-09-27

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

In a warming climate, some bat houses could be death traps. But community-level bat boxes can help give bats more room and options to raise young safely.
Cori Lausen
Muskwa-Kechika: An opportunity for bold conservation action
2019-09-24

Muskwa-Kechika: An opportunity for bold conservation action

By protecting the Muskwa-Kechika, a vast, wild region of mountains, glaciers, and boreal forest in north-central B.C., we can create a climate refuge for vulnerable species
A northern spring: hope for the birds, and for me
2019-07-16

A northern spring: hope for the birds, and for me

You hear them long before you see them: a raspy, gurgling call builds on the horizon. Sandhill cranes.
Hilary Cooke
The Unseen Threat: Noise in the Arctic Marine Environment
2019-06-07

The Unseen Threat: Noise in the Arctic Marine Environment

Increasing levels of underwater noise threaten Arctic whales, seals, fish and other species. A new report offers an opportunity for Arctic nations to lead on the issue.
Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection
2019-06-04

Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection

Decisions around where to establish new protected areas in Canada should consider wildlife and ecosystem health first
Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne
Burned and beetle-killed forests need protection too
2019-06-03

Burned and beetle-killed forests need protection too

Insect life thrives in areas rich with dead or dying trees.
Hilary Cooke
Saving our caribou forces us to face tough questions
2019-05-16

Saving our caribou forces us to face tough questions

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
Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell
2019-05-10

Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell

Some of the most intact wild areas left on earth can be found within Ontario’s borders, remaining strongholds for species at risk of extinction elsewhere. There is a lot at stake here.
Justina Ray
The Birds That Are Helping Save Their Own Species
2019-04-22

The Birds That Are Helping Save Their Own Species

Blackpoll warblers wearing geolocator backpacks are revealing where they rest during migration
Hilary Cooke
A serendipitous stumble: My journey to becoming a wildlife conservation biologist
2019-03-05

A serendipitous stumble: My journey to becoming a wildlife conservation biologist

My journey to becoming a wildlife conservation biologist did not follow a long-planned career path – it was really something I stumbled into.
Studying the Elusive Wolverine, a Threatened Species in Northern Ontario
2019-03-01

Studying the Elusive Wolverine, a Threatened Species in Northern Ontario

Wolverines (Gulo gulo) can be a challenging species to study in the wild.
Matthew Scrafford
Wading in: WCS research scientist Liset Cruz-Font paints a picture of life in the field
2019-02-18

Wading in: WCS research scientist Liset Cruz-Font paints a picture of life in the field

I have been going out into the field for more than 20 years, starting in Cuba, and now in Canada.
Ontario’s review of Endangered Species Act must address long-term ecosystem damage
2019-01-31

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

Are protections for endangered species just another bureaucratic burden that is holding back economic development in Ontario?
Justina Ray
A whale of a problem developing in Canada’s Arctic
2018-10-01

A whale of a problem developing in Canada’s Arctic

Canada actually borders three oceans and it is in that often overlooked third ocean—the Arctic—that the fate of whales could become the next marine crisis for Ottawa.
William Halliday
The many strands of WCS Canada's research in the far north in Ontario
2018-09-21

The many strands of WCS Canada's research in the far north in Ontario

One of the reasons that I like fieldwork is that it always involves learning new skills, and often these are obscure skills that I never expected I would need in my career as a biologist.

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.