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North American dark-eyed junco on a pine branch

The North American dark-eyed junco is one of several species that has increased its bill size in response to warmer-than-normal temperatures in its range. (Photo: Harold Fleming/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Harold Fleming/Can Geo Photo Club
Plus: Tree species at risk, inbreeding polar bears, and a 20,000-kilometre butterfly chase

A digital reconstruction of the newly discovered whale species, Phiomicetus anubis. (Image: Dr. Robert W. Boessenecker)

Image: Dr. Robert W. Boessenecker
The predatory whale’s scientific name pays tribute to Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death
Common loon with babies

A common loon with her babies. A 40-year study by Birds Canada finds fewer common loon chicks are surviving to adulthood. (Photo: Mark Peck)

Photo: Mark Peck
Plus: Cross-dressing hummingbirds, tracking genetically modified animals, and Arctic “junk food”
Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Two caribou come together, silhouetted against a downpour of rain by the late afternoon sun. (Photo: Hugues Deglaire/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Hugues Deglaire
After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

Photo: Sharon Gallina/Can Geo Photo Club

Photo: Sharon Gallina/Can Geo Photo Club
Plus: Bacterial “first responders,” modelling cod and more marmots
A grizzly bear shakes water from its fur in a river

Photo: Javier Frutos/Can Geo

Photo: Javier Frutos
Salmon runs are failing and grizzlies seem to be on the move in the islands between mainland B.C. and northern Vancouver Island. What’s going on in the Broughton Archipelago?
Empty dish soap bottles arrayed in front of a pond in Nova Scotia

A photo shared on Facebook by Nova Scotia-based conservation advocate Adam Malcolm shows several empty bottles of dish soap arrayed in front of a plunge pool. Malcolm issued a plea for social media users to stop pouring soap into waterfalls “for the ‘gram,” as it can be fatal to aquatic wildlife. (Photo: Adam Malcolm)

Photo: Adam Malcolm
Plus: Racing to find a vaccine for chronic wasting disease, narwhal “flukeprints” and tool-using polar bears
A European starling with iridescent feathers perched in a pine tree

A European starling in Guelph, Ont. A new disease affecting several common bird species has been detected in the eastern United States, concerning scientists. (Photo: Debbie Oppermann/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Debbie Oppermann/Can Geo Photo Club
Highlights and headlines from the world of wildlife this week
An LDD moth pictured on a green leaf

It was formerly known as the "gypsy moth." The Entomological Society of America recently announced it will use this species' scientific name until a new common name is chosen. (Photo: imarsman/Creative Commons of Canada, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

LDD moth
Wildlife names that could use a rebrand
A woolly mammoth with large curling tusks wanders through an icy landscape under billowing grey clouds

An adult male woolly mammoth navigates a mountain pass in Arctic Alaska, 17,100 years ago. The image is produced from an original, life-size painting by paleo artist James Havens, which is housed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North (Painting: James Havens).

(Painting: James Haven)
Researchers used chemical tracers to map the movements of an ancient woolly mammoth
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