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Caribou Tales #8: The ones that paws the ground in search of food

Carla is up to her eyes in snow. Though the trees have filtered some of the snowfall, the snow is still deep, even directly around the trees. Around her all the caribou have scooped holes in the snow with their broad flat hooves and are nosing around in the holes for the grasses and lichens that lie beneath. Sunlight glints off the ice crystals clinging to the thick tuffs of hair protecting their ears.

The ecosystem of the environmental movement

The environmental movement would be ineffective if all of us were wolves. We would be equally ineffective if we were all moose. The diversity of approaches within the environmental movement is as important in human nature as biodiversity is in wild nature.

If I had to describe 2015 in one word, it would be ‘surprising’.

In January, if you had told me that the Castle Wilderness Area in Alberta would finally see protection after years of work, I would have thought you were crazy. If you had said that the BC government would be consulting on creating a National Park in the South Okanagan, I would have said you were dreaming. If you had told me that the home of the incredible Glass Sponge Reefs (the dinosaurs of the ocean) were going to be off-limits to fishing, I would have thought it was ambitious to think it could happen in 2015.

Caribou Tales #7: A fleeting glimpse of ghosts

The days are short and getting colder, but still there has been no real snow fall. Carl watches his mother Carla, who is standing at the edge of their small herd with her baby. They stand with their hooves at the brink of a lake staring out. He looks out too, wondering what has caught their attention. The sun glints across the water. Before his eyes, the top layer of water is transforming into ice, crystals linking together and expanding out towards the centre of the lake. The herd is also transforming in preparation for winter; brown coats lightening to the color of the horizon on a cloudy day and growing fuzzier like dandelion flowers going to seed.

CPAWS NB’s Executive Director, Roberta Clowater, Receives Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence

At CPAWS New Brunswick, we are so proud of our long-serving Executive Director, Roberta Clowater. She has just received the prestigious Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation for 2015.

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