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Report Likens Canada’s Boreal Forest to the Amazon
May 23, 2013
From caribou herds to landlocked seals, Canada’s boreal forest is rich in biodiversity treasures and just as worthy of global attention and protection as the Amazon, according to two leading conservation groups. A report to be released Wednesday by the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Ducks Unlimited lists 10 top biodiversity hot spots in Canada’s boreal forest, which encompass large swaths of the landscape. “We are trying to get people – especially people who live in these northern lands – to realize they have areas as special as the tropics,” says co-author Jeff Wells, science and policy director at the Boreal Songbird Initiative, a non-profit based in the United States. Read More…
Anglers Slowed with Online License System in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan anglers and hunters can now buy their licences online, but not, in many cases, without some difficulty. “I printed mine off, no problem. And I wanted to do the wife’s but the system wouldn’t accept it for nothing,” said Randy Selinger, who has been fishing every year since he was 16. Selinger said he called the customer help line and was referred to SaskHealth where he learned the system had his wife’s birthday wrong. Once the conflict in birth dates was resolved, getting the licence was quick and easy. At the end of the May long weekend, 54,800 fishing and hunting licences had been sold, about half of them through the new automated system. Read More…
First-in Canada Decontamination Units Designed to Stop Invasive Aquatic Species from Entering Manitoba
Two new high-heat, high-pressure mobile decontamination units will purge invasive aquatic species from boats entering Manitoba at border crossings, fishing tournaments, and high-traffic boat launches around the province Manitoba this summer, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today, marking International Day for Biological Diversity. The minister said the new first-in-Canada technology will protect the biodiversity of the province’s lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Read More…