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Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative: 20 years later


Posted by Elle Barka in Wildlife on Wednesday, October 29, 2014



Green areas indicate 'protected lands,' such as provincial parks and wilderness preserves. Yellow areas indicate other conservation designations, including but not limited to Provincial Natural Areas, Special Management Zones and Restricted Use Wilderness Areas. (Image courtesy: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative)

In 1993, conservationist and Wildlands Project board member Harvey Locke began writing an essay entitled Yellowstone to Yukon, which became the inspirational framework for one of North America’s leading conservation partnerships. 20 years later, that partnership is now celebrating two decades of successfully promoting protected land designations from Northwest Canada to the Western central United States.

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Q&A: Dr. Charles Krebs on a lifetime of science


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Science & Technology on Tuesday, October 28, 2014



Charles Krebs (Photo: Fritz Mueller)

For over fifty-five years, Dr. Charles Krebs has studied diverse mammal populations in the north. Among his groundbreaking achievements: he showed how a rodent-proof fence could impact the population increase of field mice; this fence effect was later dubbed the Krebs effect. In recognition of his life-long dedication to science, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation just awarded him with the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research. Following the announcement, Dr. Charles Krebs talked with Canadian Geographic on the phone from his home on Mayne Island, BC, about what it’s like to win the largest award of its kind.

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Tools for navigating in the North


Posted by Hugh Dale-Harris in Mapping on Monday, October 27, 2014



(Photo: Simon Shek/Wikimedia Commons)

I have a confession to make: I like getting lost.

Not the “no idea where I am” lost. More like the “I’m not exactly sure where we are” lost. If you’re in that kind of position, then you’re taking risks, being challenged and are most likely on an adventure of some kind. In my book, these are all good things.

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Video of the week: bull moose fight


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, October 24, 2014



This is one fight you do NOT want to break up. Tawny Tersmette was heading into Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Alberta for an early morning hike when she saw two large bulls going head-to-head on the side of the road, she told CBC. Filming from her car, she captured this remarkable footage of the bulls engaged in full combat. The province's moose rutting season usually runs from mid-September to mid-October.

Moose bulls, while usually solitary, can become aggressive with one another when a ...

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Throwback Thursday: Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Canada's North


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Franklin Expedition on Thursday, October 23, 2014



Ntsihchoh, or Mount Wilson, in the newly named national park reserve

This year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper completed his ninth annual Northern Tour.

But two years ago, during his seventh, Mary Jane Starr of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) sat down with the man himself at a picnic table on the grounds of the Norman Wells Historical Society in the Northwest Territories. Read their conversation transcript here.

For all the latest news, visit Canadian Geographic's Franklin Expedition website.

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