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leather sea stars

Two leather sea stars photographed by marine ecologist Chris Harley in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on July 12, 2021, illustrate the impact of the extreme heat wave that hit Western Canada this past summer. The live star on the left was in a shady spot, while the star on the right perished in the direct sun. (Photos: Chris Harley)

(Photos: Chris Harley)
As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?
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
Sea lion swimming among a kelp forest

A sea lion is silhouetted by sun rays slanting through a kelp forest. Kelp’s potential as a sustainable food is finally being recognized — but scientists are discovering many species are endangered. (Photo: Maxwel Hohn)

Photo: Maxwel Hohn
Kelp’s potential as a commercial crop is finally being recognized — and, as kelp forests vanish worldwide, so is its importance in coastal ecosystems 
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
Fishermen hauling up cod in a net

Hauling up cod in a trap. By modelling more than 500 years of cod catch data, researchers showed Canada had an opportunity in the 1980s to avoid the total collapse of cod stocks. (Photo: Photo: Derek Keats/Flickr; licensed under CC-BY-2.0)

Photo: Derek Keats/Flickr (licensed under CC BY 2.0)
Canada missed a chance to rebuild northern cod stocks in the 1980s, highlighting the importance of taking a long view of fisheries management, researchers say
Map of North American glaciation

North America’s glacial ice. (Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo)

Map: Chris Brackley/CanGeo
North America was created by ice, and its legacy covers the landscape
A deer explores a clearcut

A deer explores a clearcut area near Port Hardy, B.C. (Photo: Steve Fines/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Steve Fines/Can Geo Photo Club
Experts say global reforestation is one of our best defences against climate change, so a Toronto-based company is developing drones that can get the job done quickly
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?
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