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Infographic: Canada's four foxes

Posted by Nick Walker in Wildlife on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Foxes live in every province and territory and thrive in habitats from barren tundra to wine-open prairie to busy urban centres. Some even den high up in the trees. Look below to find out more about Canada's four resident fox species.

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(Infographic: Alissa Dicaire/Nick Walker)

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Why the swift fox is one of Canada's best wildlife recovery stories

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The recovery of the swift fox might not be good news for the greater sage-grouse. (Photo: Sandy Sutherland/CanGeo Photo Club)

The swift fox is the smallest wild dog in North America and among the smallest in the world — at two to three kilograms, it’s about as heavy as an adult Chihuahua — but it’s one of the biggest wildlife recovery stories.

Once abundant across short- and mixed-grass prairies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the speedy predator, which can hit 60 kilometres per hour on the run, started to disappear in the late 1800s as a result of the rise of large-scale agriculture and the subsequent loss of ...

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El Niño could bring unusual birds to Canadian backyards

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Wildlife on Monday, February 8, 2016

A vermilion flycatcher – a species native to the U.S. southwest – was recently spotted in Ontario. Experts say the strong El Niño pattern in the Pacific is likely to cause more unusual bird sightings as winter turns to spring. Photo: Allan Woodliffe/CanGeo Photo Club

One of the strongest El Niño climate oscillations in recorded history has been bringing weird weather to Canadians from coast to coast this winter, and that means some other surprises could be in store for participants in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count.

Jon McCracken, Director of National Projects for Bird Studies Canada, which organizes the annual Canadian count, says El Niño years generally see greater numbers of avian "vagrants" - bird species that show up outside their normal geographic ...

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Weird and wonderful images from B.C.'s seafloor observatory

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Wildlife on Monday, February 8, 2016

A male spotted ratfish. (Photo: Ocean Networks Canada)

It's often said that we have better maps of the moon's surface than we do of the ocean floor. But the VENUS Seafloor Observatory in British Columbia’s Salish Sea, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Feb. 8, is trying to change that.

Short for Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea, VENUS collects oceanographic data on physical, chemical, biological and sediment conditions in Saanich Inlet and in the Strait of Georgia. Run by the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada, VENUS ...

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11 fascinating facts about foxes

Posted by Nick Walker in Wildlife on Monday, February 8, 2016

A red fox enjoys the first snowfall of the year in Algonquin Provincial Park. (Photo: Nicki Williams/CanGeo Photo Club)

Aesop's fox goes for the unreachable grapes, Chaucer's almost makes off with the prize rooster Chauntecleer, and there are dozens of versions of First Nations and Inuit stories about the fox as a trickster. But beyond the fables and folklore, these light-footed canids are fascinating in their own right. Read on to find out about foxes in Canada — how some are surprisingly skilled tree climbers, how they use Earth's magnetic field, even why fox calls have been mistaken for humans shouting.

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