Mar 112018
No Calves This Year Means Right Whales Are Closer to Extinction

Scientists were already worried about the survival of North Atlantic right whales following a slew of tragic deaths over the past year. Now, even more concerns are being raised about the lack of calves this year. Once considered the “right” whales to kill, this species was nearly hunted to extinction. Today, there are estimated to […]

Feb 212018
Canada Will Ban Capturing Whales and Dolphins

Animal advocates and conservationists are applauding the government of Canada for introducing a measure that will ban the capture of whales and dolphins for captivity. The measure is included in an overhaul of the Fisheries Act aimed at restoring protections for fish and their habitat. The measure will allow the minister of fisheries to make […]

Dec 292017
POLL: Should the trophy hunting of Grizzly Bears be banned nationwide?

Conservationists are finally celebrating an epic victory after decades of fighting to protect grizzly bears in British Columbia. In August, the government announced its commitment to ending grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and throughout the province. While the news was welcomed at the time, major concerns were raised about a loophole that […]

Oct 202017
The Enigmatic Peregrine Falcon

Tony Beck, professional birdwatcher and tour guide, came to the Ambleside 2 condominium complex at the west end of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, mainly for the view overlooking the Ottawa River. He figured it was a convenient and safe place to see interesting birds from the comfort of a balcony. He wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the […]

Aug 072017
POLL: Should the importing of shark fins be banned?

Shark finning in Canadian waters is illegal, but due to a lapse in legislative action there is currently no national ban on importing shark fins from regions where the practice remains legal. And animal rights advocates say that has to change. Shark finning has actually been illegal in Canada since 1994, meaning that no shark […]

Apr 212017
POLL: Should Canada ban the hunting of seals?

Not long after European settlers established a commercial seal industry in Canada in the early 1500s, business was booming. Back in the day, seal oil was sold in the Old World for use as a machine lubricant. And later, demand for newly in-vogue fur meant that hundreds of thousands of harp seals were killed each […]

Nov 242016
POLL: Should this Canadian pipeline project be scrapped to save killer whales?

On one shore there are snow-capped mountains. On the other side loom towering skyscrapers. These churning waters off the coast of Vancouver are marked by a constant flow of ferries and containers ships – but they are also home to 80 or so orcas. Known as the southern resident killer whales the group has long […]

Nov 072016
Exhausted snow geese head to wildlife facility to rest up for migration

After a long migration, a few snow geese in British Columbia, Canada, just needed a little break. At least three birds were found on the ground this week and were brought to Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, according to the Coast Reporter. Irene Davy from the centre said she knows of at least three or four […]

Jun 152016
New report shows alarming state of North-American birds

Since the seventies, millions of North American birds have disappeared and a third of species are now of high regional conservation concern, a new report reveals. Experts agree that their long-term conservation will only be achieved by building transnational partnerships and involving local communities in citizen science projects. Migratory birds connect the North American continent as millions […]

May 312016
Arctic foxes 'grow' their own gardens

The underground homes, often a century old, are topped with gardens exploding with lush dune grass, diamond leaf willows, and yellow wildflowers – a flash of color in an otherwise gray landscape. “They’re bright green and everything around them is just brown,” says Brian Person, a wildlife biologist for the North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska. “It pops.” He’s talking about arctic fox dens. Person has […]

Jan 182016
POLL: Should the Alberta coyote hunting contest be stopped?

An annual contest that encourages hunters to kill as many coyotes as they can in one day will be going ahead on Saturday, despite threats against the organizer. The DKD Coyote Tournament will be holding its fifth annual competition just outside of Edmonton — the event’s Facebook page says the location of the check-in will […]

Jan 282015
Video: The Wild and Rowdy World of the Northern Gannet

Each year, vast numbers of these iconic sea birds gather in breeding colonies on islands off the Atlantic coast of Canada. In this video you’re invited to accompany me as we explore the daily life of these amazing, raucous, and gregarious sea birds. This video was originally produced for the Perfect Day Factory.     […]

Jan 092015
Video: Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest hangs in the balance!

The future of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest still hangs in the balance. First Nations, environmentalists, industry, and government continue to forge a compromise that might keep this 64,000 square kilometre region from having the same sad fate as most of the world’s precious preserves of water, food, wildlife, and oxygen. But even if this is […]