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What insects are teaching us about the Arctic


Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Tuesday, May 24, 2016



The landscape around Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where entomologist Elyssa Cameron conducts her study of Arctic arthropods. (Courtesy Elyssa Cameron​​)

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The North’s most iconic wildlife, such as polar bears, caribou and snowy owls, could not survive without the smallest and least familiar of the region’s creatures. And while they’re not well understood, insects and spiders (arthropods) are hugely important, says Arctic entomologist Elyssa Cameron.

“They’re pollinators, carnivores, herbivores and decomposers,” she says. “They keep the ecosystem producing and recycling the nutrients that Arctic plants and animals depend on.” But even basic information ...

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Help us choose the July/August 2016 Canadian Geographic cover!


Posted by Paul Politis on Tuesday, May 24, 2016



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Video of the week: Alex Trebek gives career/life advice


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in The RCGS on Friday, May 20, 2016



Could Alex Trebek get any more wonderful? The Sudbury-born Jeopardy! host, philanthropist and human rights spokesperson was recently appointed Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and from the video above, it's clear why.

The famous champion of geographical education dished some valuable career and life advice to a gymnasium full of students at Roberta Bondar Public School in Ottawa, Ontario.

"Whatever you wind up doing in your life, money's not the most important ...

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Chilliwack, B.C. recruits goats to combat invasive plant


Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Nature on Friday, May 20, 2016



Goats grazing on Japanese knotweed in Chilliwack, B.C. (Photo courtesy: Conrad Lindblom/Rocky Ridge Vegetation Control)

The city of Chilliwack, B.C. is taking a new approach to solving an old problem.

As part of a recent pilot project to control the spread of invasive Japanese knotweed, the city has brought in goats.

And not just any old goats. Conrad Lindblom, owner of Rocky Ridge Vegetation Control in Kamloops, trains the goats to graze on specific weeds, ensuring they leave native plants untouched. Lindblom says the use of goats to control weeds is environmentally friendly and just as effective — if not ...

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New report sounds alarm on state of North American birds


Posted by Michela Rosano in Nature on Friday, May 20, 2016



The wood thrush, once a common forest bird in eastern North America, is in steep decline due to loss of its winter habitat in Mexico. (Photo: Jane Kirkpatrick/Can Geo Photo Club)

One third of North America’s native bird species are in decline, according to a report released by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative on May 18.

The State of North America’s Birds Report 2016 compiled data on all species native to Canada, the United States and Mexico and calls for greater conservation efforts to protect the hundreds of species at a moderate to high risk of extinction. Here are some of the report’s key figures:

Key figures from the 2016 State of North America's ...

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