Return of North America's tiniest fox

Swift fox cub and its mum (Photo by Catriona Matheson, Cochrane Ecological Institute)

Cub and mum. (Photo by Catriona Matheson, Cochrane Ecological Institute)

Foxes are a part of most people’s lives, whether in fairy tales, as a figure of speech or as a part of the landscape. They are found in cities, in the countryside and in wildernesses of forest, desert and ice. The strange link between...

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Tweeting on the Toronto Blue Jays (and their bird counterpart)

Blue jay <i>(Cyanocitta cristata)</i> (Photo by NCC)

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) (Photo by NCC)

Let's go Blue Jays, let's go! To help you cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays, here are some handy tweetable facts about the bird from which they get their name. Just like the base-stealing...

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On the trail of mountain caribou in Darkwoods

Caribou crossing sign close to Kootenay Pass on Canada’s Highway 3. (Photo by David Moskowitz)

Caribou crossing sign close to Kootenay Pass on Canada’s Highway 3. (Photo by David Moskowitz)

The South Selkirks herd is the last group of mountain caribou that still range back and forth across the international border between British Columbia and Washington and Idaho. Just north of the border, Canadian Highway 3 crosses the Selkirk...

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#HowToNature series: How to bird (Part One)

Robin (Photo by Jeff Verberne)

Robin (Photo by Jeff Verberne)

When I recently told my best friend that I was excited to be going "birding," she couldn’t stop laughing. I had to explain to her that I hadn’t randomly turned the noun "bird” into a verb, but that I was just reducing the...

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Endangered species = Endangered tourism

Bird photographer in Red Deer (Photo by ehCanadaTravel.com)

Bird photographer in Red Deer (Photo by ehCanadaTravel.com)

In countless Canadian communities across this great country of ours tourism would suffer significant economic loss if wildlife were no longer part of the environment. Looking for examples? There are plenty out there: Whale watching and...

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The farm kid gets a job

Rainbow at Waterton, AB (Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

Rainbow at Waterton, AB (Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

Bindloss, Alberta is the sort of place where cows outnumber the people 100 to one. You probably haven’t heard of it, won’t find it on most maps and are unlikely to ever need to visit. Its remoteness is…well…remote. So...

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The incredible journey

Well worth the trip: the Okanagan Valley from above (Photo by Catherine Dale)

Well worth the trip: the Okanagan Valley from above (Photo by Catherine Dale)

“We’ve got rocks and trees, and trees and rocks, and rocks and trees, and trees and rocks, and…rocks and trees, and trees and rocks, and water…in Canada.” As I glanced through the car window to the distinctive...

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Mother’s Day

Canada goose (Photo by Denise Harris)

Canada goose (Photo by Denise Harris)

When I think of a mother I think of my own mother who gave selflessly and tirelessly her entire life. My mother worked from dawn ‘til late every night, 365 days of the year. She was always busy with an endless list of chores. From growing...

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La petite chauve-souris brune : mon animal canadien favori

Little brown myotis (Photo Ann Froschauer/USFWS)

La petite chauve-souris brune (photo de Ann Froschauer/USFWS)

La petite chauve-souris brune est un mammifère insectivore vivant dans l’ensemble de l’Amérique du Nord et présente dans toutes les provinces du Canada. Bien que nocturne, elle peut être très active...

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Lessons learned from the otter meme

Otter meme (Photo from Pinterest.com)

Otter meme (Photo from Pinterest.com)

I have mixed feelings every time I see a river otter meme pop up on my Facebook feed. They are my favourite animal, and they are often very funny, and cute as anything, but as a wildlife biologist, I often wonder whether it impacts how people...

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