Topic - ‘Natural History’

Arctic Terns: Coastal birds carry toxic ocean metals inland

Science Daily - A collaborative research team led by Queen's University biologists has found that potent metals like mercury and lead, ingested by Arctic seabirds feeding in the ocean, end up in the sediment of polar ponds. "Birds feeding on different diets will funnel different 'cocktails' of metal contaminants from ...

Rapid Changes in the Arctic: Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010 Report

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010 - In 2006, the Arctic Council initiated the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment ABA project. The Arctic Council Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is coordinating the project and its first deliverable - the Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010 report - presents a preliminary assessment ...

Scientists allowed to seismic test for oil in Arctic area slated for protection

The Canadian Press (Bob Weber) - A northern regulator has given its go-ahead for government scientists to look for oil and gas in a proposed Arctic marine conservation area. But the Nunavut Impact Review Board has scolded the federal government for sending mixed messages about the wildlife-rich Lancaster Sound area. ...

New report shows Alberta not doing enough to protect and recover threatened grizzly bears

CPAWS - A new report analyzing current recovery efforts in Alberta indicates that the provincial government is not doing enough to protect one of the most threatened grizzly bear populations in North America. Recent research indicates that the grizzly bear population in Alberta is small and may be declining due ...

Migrating Thousands of Miles With Nary a Stop

New York Times - As more birds prove to be ultramarathoners, biologists are turning their attention to how they manage such spectacular feats of endurance. Consider what might be the ultimate test of human endurance in sports, the Tour de France: Every day, bicyclists pedal up and down mountains for ...

Big compromise reached on Canada’s Boreal by environmental groups and forestry industry

Mongabay.com - In what is being heralded as the 'world's largest conservation agreement' 20 Canadian forestry companies and nine environmental organizations have announced an agreement covering 72 million hectares of the Canadian boreal forest (an area bigger than France). Reaching a major compromise, the agreement essentially ends a long battle ...

Mapping Birds Without Boundaries

New York Times - A new survey has found that 148 land bird species in North America are facing rapid decline, the majority of them in Mexico. The assessment, the first ever to include all three countries, reveals information about populations and migratory patterns and is is intended ...

Canadian National Energy Board Announces Review of Arctic Safety and Environmental Offshore Drilling Requirements

National Energy Board - The National Energy Board today announced it is starting a review of Arctic safety and environmental offshore drilling requirements in light of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "We need to learn from what happened in the Gulf," NEB Chair Gaétan Caron said. "The ...

APTN Series Premiere: “Down the Mighty River” (by Ernest Webb)

Rezolution Pictures - Born in Moose Factory and raised in the Cree community of Chisasibi, Ernest Webb has devoted his life to telling the stories of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, across all media. In 2010, Ernest directed the six-part documentary series Down the Mighty River, taking viewers down the wild and ...

NWT Snow Surveys (2010)

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - The snow cover melts each spring to yield a depth of snow water equivalent SWE, called the annual spring freshet. To estimate the freshet SWE, end-of-winter snow surveys are conducted at each station before spring melt. At each station a survey consists of ten ...

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