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Shrinking and late-forming ice is forcing the polar bears of Churchill, Man., to adopt drastic hunting measures. “There’s nothing much to eat along the Hudson Bay coast in the fall other than other bears,” says biologist Ian Stirling, a retired Environment Canada scientist and leading expert on polar bears.
Can’t See the Forest for the TVs
Even though it’s still making headlines, it shouldn’t be news to anyone — kids today are spending too much time inside and not enough time in nature. A recent U.K. study conducted by the National Trust showed that of the 1,651 children surveyed, only half could tell the difference between a bee and a wasp but 90 per cent could identify Yoda. This study focused on U.K. children, but would Canadian kids fare any better? If we can be compared to our neighbours to the south — who have studied this growing disconnect in detail — the answer is no.
Carbon Trading Revenues Represent Important Funding for Wildlife
CWF encourages Canadians to add their voices to the call for allocation of carbon market revenues to conservation.
Catch of the Day Part TwoLast time we talked about the fishing technique called purse seining – one of the most common means of catching fish in the pelagic (surface and sub-surface) zones of the ocean.
Catharine Parr Traill
By April Overall
A tribute to Canada’s floral godmother
Celebrate the Centennial of the Migratory Birds Convention!Learn more about this important convention and its important aim to conserve our migratory bird species.
Changing the GameHow one youth camp is getting kids excited about the outdoors
Cleaning up a Wetland Wonderland
An $11,800 grant from the Canadian Wildlife Federation to the BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlandkeepers program helps ensure a future for British Columbia’s wetlands.
Climate Change vs. Global WarmingIt seems as though people use the terms climate change and global warming interchangeably these days. But they’re not quite the same thing. It’s time to clear the air!
Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
Picture a beautiful day with sparking sun, cloudless sky and a warm breeze – perfect for a walk in a nearby park. You slip outside and breathe in the fresh air, lightly perfumed from neighbouring gardens. The only sounds are the crunch of gravel beneath your feet and the song of local birds in the treetops. You slowly meander your way through the park when suddenly you see something moving just off the path. At first you think it’s a small cat, but upon closer examination you realize it’s not. You stop and watch mutely as the critter wanders out onto the path. It’s a muskrat! You remain still and silent as the little mammal creeps over the walkway and into the surrounding foliage. After a moment or two, you continue on your stroll, smiling to yourself and watching for any other signs of animal life.
Colour Your World
From ballet slipper pink to bright blue, the vivid colours of spring are all around us. Stop and take a look!
Conservationists Through the YearsLooking back at conservationists that stood up on behalf of Canada’s wildlife.
Conserving the Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer
In spring 2008, the Canadian Wildlife Federation provided $7,500 in funding to Regina researchers to develop a conservation strategy for the threatened eastern yellow-bellied racer.
Cottaging au Naturel: Get Your Summer on While Protecting Wildlife
By Megan Findlay
You’re ready for summer. You’ve got hotdogs, lemonade and a shady spot in the backyard that’s perfect for lounging. Times should be good...but someone has eaten your hotdogs, and your lemonade tastes suspiciously like shampoo.
Adding mulch to your garden is easy, and you’ll be surprised by the benefits.
Creating a Buzz
Launched during National Wildlife Week 2009, CWF’s Quebec-based program Pollinators Habitat-Challenge (Défi-Habitat Pollinisateurs) has created quite a buzz. The aim of the program is to increase awareness about the decline in the number of pollinators and to encourage the creation of new pollinator habitats.
Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Shoreline
Cottages and camping are standard features of Canadian summers and tend to revolve around shoreline areas. A quiet canoe across a misty morning lake, a late afternoon trip trolling for fish, or simply lying quietly on a dock as the water’s tide rocks you to sleep are wonderful ways to spend part of a summer day. But what would those moments be without the hawk silently circling overhead or a dragonfly zipping past as it hunts for insects. Wildlife is an integral part of life in Canada and shorelines are a great place to experience it.