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How we chose the covers: Winter 2014-2015 Canadian Geographic Travel

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Community on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Option three (right) was the winner with 38 per cent of the vote.

Majestic mountains. Clearly they resonate with folks, at least if you judge by the results of the cover vote for our Winter 2014-2015 edition of Canadian Geographic Travel.

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Robert Bateman Centre's educational initiatives combine art and wildlife

Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Wildlife on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A new education program will help students learn about conservation through a famous Canadian’s artwork.

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New app aims to help whales and the people who watch them

Posted by Alvina Siddiqui in Wildlife on Monday, September 29, 2014

Can a new app help conserve whale populations around the world? (Photo: Ralf Kiefner)

Prepare to take your whale watching to a whole new level. With the help of an app called Whaleguide, whale enthusiasts can access detailed information on 67 different species of whales and dolphins, and even see which of those species are likely close to you, thanks to a GPS-enabled map.

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What’s next for the Franklin wreck?

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Franklin Expedition on Friday, September 26, 2014

View of the Bellot Strait from the Voyager's bow (Photo: Nick Walker/Canadian Geographic)

When the prime minister announced that one of the lost Franklin ships was no longer lost, the Canadian public was held rapt. As the news ricocheted around the world, story after story celebrated the seeming conclusion of this great mystery. But like all great answers, the discovery also spawned more questions. So we asked some experts the question on everyone's minds: what now?

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Not wanted on the voyage: Invasive species and Arctic shipping

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Friday, September 26, 2014

Diver Brian Peterson surveys the bow of a harbour tug for biofouling on the hull. In his right hand he holds a sampling syringe. (Photo: Farrah Chan)


High on the deck of a bulk carrier at the Hudson Bay port of Churchill, Man., biologist Farrah Chan carefully lowers a fine-meshed plankton net down into the dark water of the ship’s ballast tank. Far below, a scuba diver assists her by collecting samples of marine life from the vessel’s hull. Chan is looking for alien species — aquatic invertebrates and plants that ride from port to port with the global shipping fleet, suspended in ballast water or clinging to hulls, rudders, and propellers. They can enter an ecosystem far beyond their natural range when a ship discharges its thousands of tonnes of ballast water, or when the organisms release larvae or are scraped off the hull.

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