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Video of the week: what does the fox really say?

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, February 12, 2016

Foxes look a lot cuter than they sound.

In movies, foxes are often portrayed as slick characters, capable of conning others with their smooth voices and glossy fur coats. Or else they're seen as adorable balls of fluff, perfect hypothetical pet material. Neither of these images can prepare you for the distinctive fox "scream."

The scream isn't the only sound a fox makes, of course. While their vocalizations aren't quite as varied as the average dog, they can bark, yip, and whimper.

The ...

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Route Blanche expedition to snowshoe into remote Quebec

Posted by Guest Blogger in The RCGS on Friday, February 12, 2016

Dave and Adrien Greene. (Photo: Stephen Ferguson)

By: Dave and Adrien Greene, Greener Adventures

Route Blanche is one of seven expeditions that have received funding from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016. Watch the CanGeo blog and follow the RCGS on Twitter for updates from all of this year's exciting expeditions.

The last time we stood on the shores of Blanc-Sablon, Québec, we promised ourselves that we would one day return to see what lay beyond the end of the road, which came to a dead end not far from town. We knew there ...

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UN declares International Day of Women in Science

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Science & Technology on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Map showing the proportion of women researchers around the world. (Map: Empower_Women/Twitter)

From Roberta Bondar to Harriet Brooks, Canada has more than its fair share of women scientists to be proud of. However women are still a minority in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (commonly referred to as STEM).

Women make up only 28 per cent of researchers around the world, with the gap becoming more prominent at senior management positions, according to the most recent UNESCO Science Report.

In response, the United Nations has declared Feb. 11, 2016 as the ...

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Why the red fox is the unofficial mammal of Toronto

Posted by Michela Rosano in Wildlife on Thursday, February 11, 2016

(Photo: Megan Lorenz/Can Geo Photo Club)

In 1913, a science journal reported that red fox were common in Toronto despite the city's growing size and development. More than a century later, red foxes still inhabit the natural and urban spaces within Canada's largest metropolis. In an effort to protect the species, named Toronto's unofficial mammal, as well as other wildlife, the city launched its Biodiversity Series guidebooks to inform citizens and cultivate a sense of stewardship. Here, the city’s environmental policy planner Kelly Snow ...

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Throwback Thursday: Canadian Geographic's foxiest cover

Posted by Jessica Finn in History on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Canadian Geographic's first cover with a fox on it. Click to see full cover. (Image: Canadian Geographic Archives)

The fox made its first debut on a Canadian Geographic magazine cover in 2008. And why shouldn’t it? The frosty photo of an Arctic fox catered to our readers’ love of the Arctic and wildlife - hitting two proverbial birds with one stone. And, sly as it’s known to be, the fox drew readers into the issue to a beautiful collection of photos by Canadian-born polar photographer, Paul Nicklen— but not without ulterior motive.

Nicklen’s photos, timeless as they may seem, shouldn’t be mistaken as such. ...

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