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North American birds facing climate change crisis


Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, November 26, 2014



The northern hawk owl, which in North America makes its home largely in the high-latitude boreal forests of Canada, could be in big trouble. So too could Baird’s sparrow, which in summer can be found in parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

They are just two of the 314 species that the recent Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report says are at risk from global warming, a number that represents more than half of the 588 birds studied for the report.

Of those 314 species, 126 are classified ...

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10 surprising facts about Canada's wildlife


Posted by Aaron Kylie in Wildlife on Tuesday, November 25, 2014



Wood bison are the largest land animal in North America (Photo: Laura Whitehouse, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts & Figures. If you enjoy trivia, particularly Canadian trivia, or have a particular fascination with Canadian facts and accomplishments, you’ll surely enjoy my book. In the hopes of further capturing your interest, over the coming weeks I’m sharing a top-10 selection of items from each category that particularly stood out for me. This week: ...

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Help us choose the Jan/Feb 2015 Canadian Geographic cover!


Posted by Paul Politis in Community on Monday, November 24, 2014



Help us choose the cover of our upcoming issue of Canadian Geographic

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Best and brightest honoured at 2014 RCGS dinner


Posted by Deborah Chapman in Community on Sunday, November 23, 2014



His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada speaking at the 2014 Medal Ceremony of the 2014 Annual College of RCGS Fellows Dinner. (Photo: Matt Zambonin/Canadian Geographic)

Last week, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society honoured our country’s trailblazers in the field of geography. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and patron of The RCGS officiated the 2014 Medal Ceremony of the 2014 Annual College of RCGS Fellows Dinner. His Excellency presented the prestigious Massey Medal to Vancouver's Graeme Wynn for his internationally renowned work on Canada’s historical geography and to honour Canadian geographers who have helped ...

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Chronic wasting disease is becoming a chronic problem


Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Fear that chronic wasting disease is spreading through Alberta and could become an epidemic that would cripple part of Canada’s agriculture industry — much as mad cow disease did to Alberta’s cattle industry in 2003 — have prompted calls for the federal government and Alberta’s government to take action.

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