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We love sharing good news. Earlier this week the House of Commons updated the Fisheries Act, which now positions Canada as a global leader in rebuilding fish populations and safeguarding their habitats. How are they doing this? In short: by protecting the flow of water. When we disrupt flow by blocking it with a dam or changing runoff with nearby forestry practices, we risk disrupting the entire ecosystem. This government has moved beyond restoring lost protections and has created a truly modern act that reflects the challenges facing watersheds.🐻🐟

Nous adorons partager des bonnes nouvelles. Plus tôt cette semaine, la Chambre des communes a mis à jour la Loi sur les pêches, faisant du Canada un leader mondial dans la reconstitution des populations de poissons et la protection de leurs habitats. Comment s’y prendront-ils? En protégeant l’écoulement de l'eau. Lorsque nous perturbons le débit en l’obstruant avec un barrage ou en changeant le ruissellement avec des activités forestières à proximité, nous risquons de perturber l'ensemble de l'écosystème. Le gouvernement est allé au-delà de la simple restauration des protections perdues et a créé une loi vraiment moderne qui reflète les défis auxquels sont confrontés nos bassins versants. 🐻🐟

📷Steph Morgan
#fish #fisheries #freshwater #oceans #water #waterflow #canada #fisheriesact #conservation #wwf #wwfcanada

The other day we mentioned that the government has added 12 new populations of species to the Species at Risk Act. They also uplisted 1 species - the western population of barn owl. They have been up-listed from Special Concern to Threatened. This is primarily due to loss of foraging habitat, a loss of nesting sites, and vehicle collisions. If you ever think to toss an apple core out of your window, please think again. Wildlife such as mice or other small rodents are attracted to human food near roads, which then attracts predators like owls. So this small act can cause deadly collisions on roads. #StopWildlifeLoss 🦉

Nous vous avons parlé, l’autre jour, des 12 nouvelles populations d'espèces ajoutées par le gouvernement à la Loi sur les espèces en péril. Il a aussi surclassé une espèce : la population de l’ouest de l’effraie des clochers. Cette chouette a été surclassée d’espèce préoccupante à espèce menacée. Cela est attribuable à la perte d'aires d'alimentation, à la perte de sites de nidification et aux collisions avec des véhicules. Si vous avez déjà pensé à jeter un cœur de pomme par la fenêtre d’une voiture, s'il vous plaît repensez votre geste. Les souris et autres petites espèces sont attirées par la nourriture que les humains laissent en bordure des routes, ce qui attire ensuite les prédateurs comme les chouettes. Un petit geste en apparence anodin qui peut causer des collisions mortelles pour la faune sur nos routes. #Plusdeconservation 🦉

#owl #owls #barnowl #bc #britishcolumbia #SARA #speciesatrisk #endangeredspecies #canada #wildlife #conservation #wwf #wwfcanada

Happy first day of summer! ☀️ // It’s also #GiraffeDay! #DYK giraffes walk slowly, but when they sense danger, they can gallop at 50km/h! •••
Youppi, c’est le premier jour de l’été! ☀️ // C’est aussi la Journée mondiale de la girafe! #SVQ si les girafes marchent lentement, lorsqu’elles sentent un danger elles peuvent courir à 50 km/h? 📷© Greg Armfield / WWF-UK
#worldgiraffeday #giraffe #giraffes #summer #firstdayofsummer #wildlife

The government has officially added 12 species to the Species at Risk Act (swipe through to see a few). Once a species has been officially listed under SARA, it means the government has 2-3 years to create a strategy to aid in recovery. While the process isn't perfect, or swift, this official designation is still an important step in saving #wildlife. 🇨🇦

For the first time ever, the western population of grizzly bear has been added to SARA. These bears are listed as Special Concern, which means they're at risk of becoming Threatened or Endangered. In 2012, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada recommended SARA list this population as Special Concern. 🐻

Like the grizzly bear, the wolverine is now listed as a Special Concern across Canada. Conservationists have been working to get the wolverine listed since 2014. This species is sensitive to changes in its habitat due to #climatechange. For example, their habitats could shift due to changing environments, creating more fragmented habitats. ☀️

Everyone's buzzing about the decline of the world's bees and it's because they pollinate at least 30% of crops worldwide. Four bees—the gypsy cuckoo bumble bee, macropis cuckoo bee, Sable Island sweat bee and yellow-banded bumble bee—have been listed. Two are Endangered, one is Threatened and one is Special Concern. 🐝

Two populations of the American badger in B.C. are now considered #Endangered. The eastern and western populations are increasingly at risk from #habitatloss and particularly vulnerable to being struck and killed by vehicles. 🚗
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Grizzly bear © Christina Mullin
Wolverine © Andy Astbury
American badger © Gordon COURT #speciesatrisk #canada #grizzlybear #americanbadger #bee #bees #wolverine #cosewic #conservation #stopwildlifeloss

Like all the good dogs out there, red foxes also urinate on trees and rocks to mark their territory. They also adapt well to a variety of environments, so you may have seen one in your neighbourhood! 🦊

Comme les chiens, les renards roux urinent sur les arbres et les rochers pour marquer leur territoire. Ils s'adaptent également bien à une grande variété d'environnements, il se peut donc que vous les ayez croisés près de chez vous. 🦊

📷Megan Lorenz
#redfox #fox #foxes #canada #wildlife #wwf #wwfcanada

There's a population of orcas off the coast of B.C. that primarily eats Chinook salmon. In recent years, some have starved to death. After not being seen for several months, 23-year-old southern resident killer whale L92, also known as Crewser, is presumed dead. That means only 75 remain. We don't know why he died so young, but we do know these orcas are facing a number of disturbances from human activities. We have been calling on the government to do more for these critically endangered orcas so they can begin to recover. • • •
Au large de la côte de la Colombie-Britannique, il y a une population d’épaulards qui se nourrit principalement de saumon quinnat. Au cours des dernières années, certains sont morts de faim. N’ayant pas été aperçu depuis deux mois, L92, âgé de 23 ans (photographié ici) est désormais présumé mort – ce qui signifie qu'il ne reste que 75 individus. Si nous ne savons pas pourquoi il est mort si jeune, nous savons cependant que ces épaulards font face à de nombreuses perturbations causées par les activités humaines. Nous avons demandé au gouvernement d'en faire plus pour que ces épaulards en voie de disparition puissent commencer à se rétablir. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷Thank you to our friend @hysazu for continuing to document these orcas.

#orca #whale #killerwhale #whales #southernresidents #southernresidenterwhales #ocean #conservation #BC #BritishColumbia #Canada #wwf #wwfcanada

Happy Father’s Day! // Did you know emperor penguin dads protect eggs in sub-zero temperatures while moms leave their colony to hunt and feed? After the chicks hatch, dads continue to keep their babies warm until moms return. 🐧

Bonne fête des pères! // Saviez-vous que les papas manchots empereurs couvent leur unique œuf pour le protéger des températures glaciales pendant que leur partenaire femelle fait son long voyage pour chasser et se nourrir? Après l’éclosion des poussins, les pères continuent de garder leurs bébés au chaud jusqu’au retour de maman. 🐧

📷naturepl.com / Bryan and Cherry Alexander / WWF
#fathersday #dad #dads #emperorpenguin #penguins #penguin #bird #birdsofinstagram #antarctica

Take a moment to enjoy the day. // The short-eared owl can be found in every province and territory in Canada. In fact, they’re so widely distributed, they're seen on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. 🦉 •••
Profitez de la journée. // On trouve le hibou des marais dans toutes les provinces et tous les territoires. En fait, ils vivent partout, sauf en Antarctique et en Australie. 🦉

📷Megan Lorenz
#owl #owls #shortearedowl #bird #birdsofinstagram #birdwatching #canada #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wwf #wwfcanada

Don't be alarmed - you're looking at a tranquillized Hudson Bay polar bear! For the first time ever, researchers are able to monitor male polar bears in the Canadian Arctic. Up until now, we've only used collars to track female polar bears because male necks are like traffic pylons, so they can easily shake their collar off. Now we have new tech that allows us to attach a small ear tag to both males and females. If you go to the last image, you'll see recent results of our bears. The males are dots (indicating ear tags) and the females are triangles. This map also shows current sea ice extent. The blue is essentially open water, and the white is pure ice. You can see bears on the water but that just means they are likely hanging out on a bunch of small fragmented pieces of ice. All the bears are currently making their way to the green shaded area, Wapusk National Park, which was designated because it is an important denning area for polar bears of the Western Hudson Bay subpopulation. Monitoring species helps us find trends in behaviour that could indicate new changes in the environment such as shrinking sea ice. The more we know about polar bears, the better we can protect them. 🔎

This work is generously funded by our Arctic Conservation Fund.

📷 Andrew Derocher
#polarbear #polarbears #eartag #monitoring #hudsonbay #churchill #manitoba #arctic #canadianarctic #canada #conservation #gpstracker #science #research #wwf #wwfcanada

Wildlife, like the Atlantic walrus, deserve to have areas in the ocean free from seismic blasting, underwater oil drilling and shipping traffic. The government is close to making a decision on whether they should ban oil and gas activities in marine protected areas and refuges. Give them the encouragement to make the right decision. Click the link in our bio to email @justinpjtrudeau today. #OilFreeMPA 🌊

Regardez-les. Ils méritent d’avoir accès à des portions d’océan exemptes de dynamitage sismique, de forage pétrolier sous-marin et de trafic maritime. Le fédéral est sur le point de décider s'il devrait interdire les activités pétrolières et gazières dans les aires marines protégées et les refuges marins. Aidez-le à prendre la bonne décision. Cliquez sur le lien dans notre bio pour envoyer un courriel @justinpjtrudeau aujourd'hui. 🌊

📷Getty Images/Richard McManus

#canada #ocean #oceans #atlantic #atlanticocean #atlanticcanada #arctic #arcticocean #walrus #canadianarctic #seaice #shippingtraffic #pacificocean #orca #killerwhales #northaanticrightwhale #whale #dolphin #seaturtle #fish #fishing #MPA #marineprotectedarea #conservation #wildlife #wwf #wwfcanada

Every spring, North Atlantic right whales make their way into Canadian waters to feed, often with their young in tow. But they encounter shipping traffic and other human activities along the way. If they’re lucky, they’ll find refuge in protected areas, where they are supposed to be free from activities that could harm or kill them. Right now, these protected spaces need more protections. There is *nothing* stopping oil and gas exploration in these so-called safe havens. But all is not lost. Soon, the federal government and @JustinTrudeau will decide whether marine protected areas should ban activities that are devastating to wildlife. Please send an email today by clicking the link in our bio. It’ll only take a few moments of your time, and could mean life and death for whales, dolphins, walruses, and other marine species who call our oceans home. #OilFreeMPA 🐋

Chaque printemps, les baleines noires de l’Atlantique Nord se rendent en eaux canadiennes pour se nourrir, souvent avec leurs petits. Mais en chemin, elles traversent des zones de trafic maritime et d’activités humaines. Avec un peu de chance, elles trouveront refuge dans des aires protégées, où elles devraient être à l’abri de ce qui pourrait les blesser ou les tuer. Sauf que présentement, ces aires protégées manquent de protection, car il n’y a *rien* qui empêche l’exploration pétrolière et gazière dans ces prétendus « refuges ». Bientôt, le gouvernement fédéral et @JustinTrudeau décideront si les aires marines protégées doivent interdire les activités dévastatrices pour les espèces. Faites-vous entendre! Envoyez un courriel dès aujourd'hui en cliquant sur le lien dans notre bio. Cela ne vous prendra que quelques minutes et pourrait faire la différence entre la vie et la mort pour les baleines, bélugas, dauphins, morses et autres espèces marines qui habitent les océans. #AMPsanspétrole 🐋

Thanks to @cam___stone for the footage

#ocean #oceans #MPA #marineprotectedareas #whale #dolphin #walrus #fish #seabird #wildlife #offshoredrilling #oildrilling #canada #arctic #arcticocean #pacificocean #atlanticcanada #atlanticocean #newfoundland #novascotia #stopwildlifeloss

Our Arctic Conservation Fund supported a survey of southern polar bears, which found the Hudson Bay population declined 17% in just 5 years. Additionally, the number of its young bears—around 1 to 2-years of age—is falling, which is a worrying sign that the population will continue to decline. Because they're the most southern group, they are one of the first to show the impacts of climate change. In order to help them recover, we need strong climate policies, regular monitoring and active management to ensure sustainable populations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📷Kevin Middel / Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry / WWF-Canada
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#polarbear #polarbears #bear #canada #arctic #canadianarctic #science #climate #climatechange #hudsonbay #jamesbay #ontario #quebec #nunavut #conservation #wwf #wwfcanada #stopwildlifeloss

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