News and views on conservation in Canada, and updates from CPAWS chapters across the country.
Last week, we had good news (albeit temporary) about one of Canada’s most threatened wildlife species – the beautiful beluga whales of the St Lawrence Estuary.
In mid-July, I spent a week with this season’s two Ni Hat’Ni Dene Ranger Crews outside of the community of Lutsel K’e, on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, NWT. Ni Hat’ni Dene translates as “watchers of the land” from Chipewyan, the local Dene language. Each summer, two crews of local Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) members keep watch over the land and water of the East Arm.
What makes someone dedicate their life to conservation? What motivates a John Livingston, a Roderick Haig-Brown, a Betty Krawczyk, or a Kevin Van Tighem? What fires and inspires our local conservation heroes who work on the unending task of protecting Canada's last wild and natural places?
It’s been an interesting few months for the proposal to create Canada’s first National Urban Park in the Rouge Watershed in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In June, the federal government tabled draft legislation for the proposed park in the House of Commons, and then released a draft park management plan for public review and comment.
There are few images more representative of Canada’s wilderness than the mountain tops and forested valleys of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Just a few short weeks ago, I ventured across the province to see these landscapes for myself, and as much as I’d love to say I knew what I should have been expecting, I really had no idea. It was bigger, better, and wilder than I had imagined.