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Fundraising for more hydrophones in Great Bear Sea


Posted by Leah Gerber in Wildlife on Wednesday, May 6, 2015



Wildlife in the Great Bear Sea. (Photo: Ian McAllister/Pacific Wild)

Conservation group Pacific Wild is teaming up with Sitka, an outdoor lifestyle company, to raise $60,000 to help add to its hydrophone network in what is becoming known as the Great Bear Sea, an area off the central coast of British Columbia.

Sitka launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in April to help raise money for the underwater microphone network and other projects.

“Protecting the acoustic environment in our oceans should be front and centre in our marine conservations,” says ...

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Alex Trebek presents winners of 20th Canadian Geographic Challenge


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in The RCGS on Tuesday, May 5, 2015



Alex Trebek and Canadian Geographic Challenge winner Anzo Nguyen. (Photo: Chrystia Chudczak/Canadian Geographic)

A grade 10 student from Calgary, Alberta has been crowned Canada’s newest geography champion. Anzo Nguyen was the winning contestant in the Canadian Geographic Challenge — a nationwide geography competition that saw students across the country testing their knowledge of Canada and the world. The 20 nation-wide finalists gathered in Ottawa over the weekend for the National Championship, attended by trivia legend and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

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Why the loon should be Canada’s national bird


Posted by Guest Blogger in Wildlife on Monday, May 4, 2015



Vote for Canada's national bird now!

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Canada is home to more than 450 bird species, yet somehow Canada is still one of the few nations that does not recognize a national bird. Canadian Geographic, with the help of Bird Studies Canada and other bird conservation organizations, is hoping to change that with the National Bird Project.

The essay below is an argument in favour of voting for the loon. Join the discussion on Twitter using #CanadaBird! Vote for your favourite species and contribute your own short essay today at The National Bird Project.

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Mapping a year of Canadian earthquakes


Posted by Carys Mills in Mapping on Monday, May 4, 2015



There are about 4,000 earthquakes in and near Canada that are recorded annually by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). While this works out to about 11 earthquakes per day, only about one quake per week is felt, according to the federal department.

Ahead of a feature story about earthquake preparation in Canadian Geographic's June issue, we mapped one year of earthquakes, ending April 21.

During that year, NRCan recorded 4,120 quakes. Notice most earthquakes occur along the active plate boundaries ...

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Video of the week: tortoise gets wheels for legs


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, May 1, 2015



With approximately 90 years beneath her belt, Mrs. T the tortoise has just gotten a once-in-a-lifetime upgrade. After a rat snuck into the garden shed where she was hibernating and chewed off her two front legs, Mrs. T's owner glued wheels from a model aircraft onto her shell.

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