Everybody counts

Everybody counts

In this new era of citizen science, the public is playing a crucial role in tracking species and helping to conserve our natural heritage “IS THAT A TREE SPARROW? Yeah, I think I’ve got a tree sparrow.” “Back up in those weeds?” “Yeah.” “There’s at least two...
Why did the turtle cross the road?

Why did the turtle cross the road?

Because, like many animals, its habitat is increasingly fragmented by highways – death traps for wildlife. An ambitious road ecology project is seeking changes that will stem the car-fuelled carnage THE MOMENT JOSHUA JONES SAW the two young snapping turtles crawling...
The turtle crusaders

The turtle crusaders

With seven of Canada’s eight species of native freshwater turtles in a race against extinction, will scientists, planners, wildlife managers and vets — together with thousands of volunteers and supporters — be able to keep pace? MOST SIGNS OF SPRING — BUDS ON the...
The charismatic eel

The charismatic eel

Once a dominant species in the Ottawa River — having travelled all the way from the Sargasso Sea — local eels are now in serious decline. A recent collaborative effort to begin modifying lethal power dams to help them get home safely may be their last hope IT’S...
The power of partnership

The power of partnership

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Natural Areas Conservation Program — a unique public-private partnership that has spurred private land conservation in Canada to new heights THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR, renowned for its rugged beauty, needs little...