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Kokanee salmon population bounces back in Kluane National Park

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Wildlife on Friday, June 24, 2016

Parks Canada is seeing an increase in the numbers of kokanee found in Kluane National Park and Reserve (Photo: Parks Canada)

The return of over 5,000 kokanee salmon to Kluane National Park in southwest Yukon in 2015 was cause for excitement after the population was nearly declared extinct in 2009.

“Historically about 3,000 kokanee return to the spawning beds, but in the early 2000’s the population plummeted to several hundred, and in 2009 we only counted 20 fish,” says Carmen Wong, ecological team leader with Parks Canada. “So the return of this many fish is truly astounding.”

The reason for the salmon’s return ...

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Video of the week: Wild bear that walks like a human

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, June 24, 2016

Sasquatch, is that you?

A bipedal black bear (affectionately dubbed "Pedals") was recently spotted near a New Jersey golf course, reigniting a fire of Internet love that first started in 2014 when the bear was filmed ambling through a New Jersey suburb on its hind legs like a human.

Seen again last fall, people feared that Pedals, whose front paws appear to be injured and/or partly missing, wouldn't make it through the winter but this most recent video shows the bear toddling along at a ...

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How researchers are saving northern runways

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Thursday, June 23, 2016

An Air Inuit De Havilland Twin Otter on the airstrip at Tasiujaq, Nunavik, one of several northern airports where researchers and engineers are modifying runways to help mitigate the damage caused by thawing permafrost. (Photo courtesy Nicolas Perrault III)


Permafrost, the frozen ground that underlies Canada’s Arctic, is rock-solid — as long as it stays frozen. But with a warming climate that icy layer is changing, which can spell trouble for infrastructure built on permafrost, including airport runways. Canada’s remote Arctic communities depend on aircraft for essential services, from resupply of fresh food to emergency transport to hospital.

Michel Allard, a geographer at Laval University, studies the effects of changing permafrost on runways ...

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Retreating glacier causes river to disappear

Posted by Thomas Hall in Nature on Thursday, June 23, 2016

The mouth of the Slims River at Kluane Lake. The Slims recently ran dry, after the Kaskawulsh Glacier retreated so far that it now drains to a different river. (Photo: Mbochart/Wikimedia Commons)

For approximately the past 300 years the meltwater of Yukon’s Kaskawulsh Glacier has drained into Kluane Lake via Slims River. This spring it stopped.

The reason, according to Kristen Kennedy, a surficial geologist with the Yukon Geological Survey, is that the Kaskawulsh Glacier has now retreated to a point where the water that once flowed into the Slims is now flowing in the other direction, into the Kaskawulsh River.

“The drainage of the Kaskawulsh is very active,” Kennedy says. “It’s not ...

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Throwback Thursday: Mapping place names by theme

Posted by Aaron Kylie in History on Thursday, June 23, 2016

One of the "Off the map" curiosities that gathers Canadian place names according to themes. (Map: Canadian Geographic)

When you’re a geography nut, you do some seemingly bizarre things. For instance: perusing the index of the Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada.

Sure, it may seem like a strange activity at first blush, however, this list of place names from across the country is a treasure trove of intrigue — most notably because of the themes that emerge.

Gilles Gagnier, Canadian Geographic’s chief operating officer and publisher, often mentions an old department from the magazine’s past that used to create ...

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