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Gear review: Top accessories for bird and wildlife photographers

Posted by Jessica Finn in Photography on Monday, April 13, 2015

A photographer poses with the LensCoat® Canon 300IS f/2.8. (Photo: Jessica Finn)

When it comes to specialized photography gear, I normally Macgyver my way to getting “the shot.” With a roll of gaffers tape, a garbage bag and a towel in my camera bag, it’s amazing what I can manufacture in a pinch! But there’s no denying that it’s nice to have the right tools at the ready — and some pieces of gear are harder to conjure up than others. With bird and wildlife photographers in mind, Canadian Geographic decided to give some of this season’s best camera accessories a test run.


First ...

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Searching the North for new sources of medication

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Friday, April 10, 2015

Sediment sample near Iqaluit. (Photo: Brad Haltli)


As harmful bacteria increase their resistance to conventional antibiotics, the clock ticks on one of modern medicine’s greatest achievements: the ability to cure infection. Researchers around the world are searching for solutions, and one of them, biochemist Russell Kerr, is looking in an unexpected place — the muddy sediments of Arctic lakes, ponds and tidal flats.

Kerr runs the Marine Natural Products Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island. His team is seeking to discover new natural ...

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Throwback thursday: House of Seagram advertisements

Posted by Harry Wilson on Thursday, April 9, 2015

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When does one of the world’s largest and most successful liquor empires not act like one of the world’s largest and most successful liquor empires? When it’s October 1945 and that company, Seagram, runs ads not about the whisky that made it rich and famous but about the “radio-phonograph of tomorrow.”

The device, which promised to “bring you complete novels, dramas and symphonies, magnetically impressed on small spools of steel wire” — take that, iPods and Kindles! — was not the real product ...

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Introducing the 2015 RCGS Expeditions

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in The RCGS on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Official trailer for 'Colours of Edziza,' the film from the Tahltan Leadership Expedition.

For many, the terms “geography” and “expedition” are synonymous. In fact, most Canadians are introduced to the discipline of geography through exposure to “geographic expeditions”, such as the ones funded by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. These expeditions — undertaken largely in Canada by Canadians — expand geographic appreciation, understanding and knowledge.

Here are the 2015 Expeditions, as funded by The RCGS.

Les chemins de l’or bleu
This canoe camping adventure will see ...

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Q&A with Andrew Stirling

Posted by Breanna Adams in The RCGS on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, awards an Erebus Medal to helicopter pilot Andrew Stirling for his role in the Franklin find of 2014. (Photo: Breanna Adams)

It was the highlight of Andrew Stirling’s career. The Scots-born helicopter pilot, working with Transport Canada's Aircraft Services Directorate and assigned to fly a helicopter off Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier, was walking along the shore of a small, flat island in Canada’ north. Like others on the Laurier, he was participating in the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition, when he found the rusted remains of a Royal Navy boat fitting. The breakthrough find encouraged the search team ...

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