Wildlife

Northern gannets soar along the cliffs of Bonaventure Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of Quebec, Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. The small island is close to shore and home to over 100,000 gannets in the breeding season, making them the world’s second largest northern gannet colony. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

VIDEO: Climate reshapes life for tenacious gannets on Quebec isle

Warming and rising seas, extreme weather events taking toll on seabirds

 

Bear 747 in Katmai National Park in Alaska. (Screenshot via Explore.org)

747 reigns as Alaska park’s Fat Bear Week champion yet again

The large bear is preparing to hit snooze for winter at Katmai National Park

 

A white sturgeon is seen in B.C. waters after being captured during sampling by the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society in an undated handout photo. British Columbia government scientists are asking for the public’s help to solve a mystery after 11 of the iconic and endangered fish were recently found dead in the river in central B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society

River mystery: what is killing the giant sturgeon of B.C.’s Nechako River?

The bodies showed no visible external injuries and scientists don’t believe disease or chemicals are involved

 

FILE - Monarch butterflies land on branches at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. On Thursday, July 21, 2022, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said migrating monarch butterflies have moved closer to extinction in the past decade – prompting scientists to officially designate them as “endangered.” (AP Photo/Nic Coury, File)

Beloved monarch butterflies now listed as endangered

Population of monarch butterflies in North America has declined between 22% and 72% over 10 years

FILE - Monarch butterflies land on branches at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. On Thursday, July 21, 2022, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said migrating monarch butterflies have moved closer to extinction in the past decade – prompting scientists to officially designate them as “endangered.” (AP Photo/Nic Coury, File)
A boat cruises past a lifeless humpback whale drifting down the St. Lawrence River near Vercheres, Que. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The head of a marine mammal research group is confirming that a whale has been spotted in the Montreal area, for the second time in two years. The sighting comes nearly two years after another whale, this time a humpback, spent several days in plain view of curious onlookers in Montreal’s Old Port. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Marine mammal group confirms sighting of wayward minke whale in Montreal area

Researchers not clear why the whale would make such a long journey into a freshwater habitat

A boat cruises past a lifeless humpback whale drifting down the St. Lawrence River near Vercheres, Que. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The head of a marine mammal research group is confirming that a whale has been spotted in the Montreal area, for the second time in two years. The sighting comes nearly two years after another whale, this time a humpback, spent several days in plain view of curious onlookers in Montreal’s Old Port. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Marine biologist Colin Foord, rear, and musician J.D. McKay work at their Coral Morphologic lab, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Miami. They have been on a 15-year mission to raise awareness about dying coral reefs with a company that presents the issue through science and art. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Coral reefs provide stunning images of a world under assault

Coral Morphologic shows real-world example of how coral communities can adapt at busy port of Miami

Marine biologist Colin Foord, rear, and musician J.D. McKay work at their Coral Morphologic lab, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Miami. They have been on a 15-year mission to raise awareness about dying coral reefs with a company that presents the issue through science and art. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The streets of Banff are seen on March 24, 2020, when Parks Canada restricted vehicles in national parks and at national historic sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. A study that analyzed data on the movement of grizzly bears and wolves in Alberta’s Bow Valley shows the animals are avoiding developed areas and times when lots of people are around. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Research shows grizzly bears and wolves avoid towns, trails in Alberta’s Bow Valley

Movement Ecology analyzed two decades of GPS information from 34 grizzly bears and 33 wolves

The streets of Banff are seen on March 24, 2020, when Parks Canada restricted vehicles in national parks and at national historic sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. A study that analyzed data on the movement of grizzly bears and wolves in Alberta’s Bow Valley shows the animals are avoiding developed areas and times when lots of people are around. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A soon-to-be mother goose, shown in a handout photo, will nest safely this Mother’s Day thanks to the efforts of a convention centre and helicopter company. The Vancouver Convention Centre says in a release that it has blocked off an area on its Pacific Terrance next to its Digital Orca statue after the Canada goose chose it as a spot to lay her eggs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Vancouver Convention Centre

Mother goose nests safely outside Vancouver Convention Centre on Mother’s Day

Convention Centre says staff decided to name the bird Heli after local helicopter operator Helijet

A soon-to-be mother goose, shown in a handout photo, will nest safely this Mother’s Day thanks to the efforts of a convention centre and helicopter company. The Vancouver Convention Centre says in a release that it has blocked off an area on its Pacific Terrance next to its Digital Orca statue after the Canada goose chose it as a spot to lay her eggs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Vancouver Convention Centre
A Central Alberta woman posted a video of a moose charging her and her dogs at Three Mile Bend in Red Deer online earlier this week. (File photo by The Associated Press)

VIDEO: Moose charges woman and her dogs at off-leash park in Alberta

EDITOR’S NOTE: The video in this story includes explicit language. A Central…

A Central Alberta woman posted a video of a moose charging her and her dogs at Three Mile Bend in Red Deer online earlier this week. (File photo by The Associated Press)
Chemical analyses were performed on these archaeological short-tailed albatross specimens, as shown in this undated handout image, to explore long-term behaviour trends. The short-tailed albatross showed distinctive behaviour when it returned to feed at Vancouver Island across a period of over 4,000 years before being driven to the precipice of extinction, says a new study. THE CANADIANS PRESS/HO-Eric Guiry

Albatross came back to Vancouver Island to feed over hundreds of generations: study

Short-tailed albatross was almost wiped out for their feathers between the 1880s and 1930s

Chemical analyses were performed on these archaeological short-tailed albatross specimens, as shown in this undated handout image, to explore long-term behaviour trends. The short-tailed albatross showed distinctive behaviour when it returned to feed at Vancouver Island across a period of over 4,000 years before being driven to the precipice of extinction, says a new study. THE CANADIANS PRESS/HO-Eric Guiry
Wild caribou roam the tundra in Nunavut on March 25, 2009. The Alberta government has released recovery plans for two herds of threatened caribou in the province’s north. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Alberta releases recovery plans for two threatened caribou herds

Created habitat for Cold Lake and Bistcho Lake herds is expected to take at least 50 years

Wild caribou roam the tundra in Nunavut on March 25, 2009. The Alberta government has released recovery plans for two herds of threatened caribou in the province’s north. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A researcher is seen observing caribou from a helicopter as they try to capture one in an undated handout photo. A British Columbia caribou herd has tripled its size in less than decade as other such herds in Canada struggle to even survive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-GoPro, Wildlife Infometrics

Watching the “gals”: First Nations guardians for caribou cows helps B.C. herd triple

‘There’s no other place where we’ve tripled a herd of caribou in such a short time’

A researcher is seen observing caribou from a helicopter as they try to capture one in an undated handout photo. A British Columbia caribou herd has tripled its size in less than decade as other such herds in Canada struggle to even survive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-GoPro, Wildlife Infometrics
A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. British Columbia’s central coast is losing one of its defining features with fewer mountain goats seen on its peaks, say researchers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Becky Bohrer

Mountain goat population declining in British Columbia: study

British Columbia has about 50 per cent of the world’s mountain goats

A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. British Columbia’s central coast is losing one of its defining features with fewer mountain goats seen on its peaks, say researchers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Becky Bohrer
An adult and young manatee swim together in a canal, Feb. 16, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. There are about 82 rescued Florida manatees in rehabilitation centers across the U.S. as wildlife officials try to stem starvation deaths by the marine mammals due to poor water quality. The latest numbers were released Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of an unprecedented effort to feed starving manatees and treat those in distress. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Officials: More than 80 starving manatees in rehab across US

Poor water quality causing the sea grass on which they normally feed during the winter to disappear

An adult and young manatee swim together in a canal, Feb. 16, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. There are about 82 rescued Florida manatees in rehabilitation centers across the U.S. as wildlife officials try to stem starvation deaths by the marine mammals due to poor water quality. The latest numbers were released Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of an unprecedented effort to feed starving manatees and treat those in distress. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A wolverine is shown in this camera trap photo in Alberta from 2012, in the same location where a coyotes was also photographed a week apart, supplied by lead researcher Gillian Chow-Fraser of the University of Victoria. New research suggests industrial development is helping coyotes move into wolverine country and edge out the rare carnivore despite its fierce reputation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Industrial development giving coyotes an edge in wolverine habitat: study

Coyotes and wolverines have different habitats and wouldn’t normally interact

A wolverine is shown in this camera trap photo in Alberta from 2012, in the same location where a coyotes was also photographed a week apart, supplied by lead researcher Gillian Chow-Fraser of the University of Victoria. New research suggests industrial development is helping coyotes move into wolverine country and edge out the rare carnivore despite its fierce reputation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
A hummingbird sits on a tree branch near Oliver, B.C., on Monday June 14, 2010. The cold snap in B.C. is posing significant issues for wildlife across the province as freezing temperatures deplete reliable food sources for animals, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Extreme cold weather causes detrimental impacts on birds in B.C.: Wildlife experts

Risk of frostbite, dehydration and getting stuck to frozen metal contribute to survival crisis

A hummingbird sits on a tree branch near Oliver, B.C., on Monday June 14, 2010. The cold snap in B.C. is posing significant issues for wildlife across the province as freezing temperatures deplete reliable food sources for animals, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Quebec builds fences around caribou as experts decry lack of habitat protection

Biologist said enclosing animals, killing predators is a last ditch attempt to save species

A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A Steller’s sea eagle is shown in this recent handout photo taken through a telescope near Falmouth, N.S. A rare eagle that is a long, long way from home in Nova Scotia has birdwatchers in this part of the world both flummoxed and spellbound. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Phil Taylor

Rare eagle sighting in Atlantic Canada like palm tree in the tundra, expert says

The Steller’s sea eagle is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A Steller’s sea eagle is shown in this recent handout photo taken through a telescope near Falmouth, N.S. A rare eagle that is a long, long way from home in Nova Scotia has birdwatchers in this part of the world both flummoxed and spellbound. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Phil Taylor
FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Canadian doc ‘Nature’s Big Year’ shows how wildlife has adapted during the pandemic

Documentary exposes new animal behaviour sparked by changes in human behaviour

FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash., on October 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson

B.C. murder hornet remains believed connected with recent Washington infestation

Expert: good chance specimen related to previous find, meaning reduced cause for concern

A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash., on October 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson