Alison Wheatley
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Alison Wheatley

Urban wildlife
Wildlife

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (The Fur-Bearers) works to end the commercial fur trade and promotes co-existence with urban wildlife. At this time of year, Adrian Nelson, Director of Communications/Wildlife Conflict Manager for The Fur Bearers hears more about people with urban wildlife conflicts. People living in

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Bamboo Lemur
Endangered Species

Madagascar is one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots, full of plants and animals that exist nowhere else on earth. And sadly, they are at risk. The incredible biodiversity has been negatively impacted from habitat loss caused by deforestation, hunting and the pet-trade. For the last 20 years, Dr. Edward

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UN
General

The Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations are a framework of 17 global Goals and 169 Targets that are to be achieved by 2030. These Goals are universal, and address our world’s environmental, social, economic, and security challenges. All the world’s issues are connected to each other (eg. climate

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Vancouver Island marine waterfront
Conservation

When Roy Mulder learned scuba diving 43 years ago, it set him on his current path to devote his life to the creation of marine conservation areas in Canada. He is a strong believer in community and has been active in numerous organizations and programming. Among other titles, he is

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BC Land near Emerald Lake
Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the country’s largest land conservation organization. I recently interviewed Lesley Neilson, Communications and Engagement Manager of the BC Region, regarding their BC activities. Darkwoods is a mountainous, forested conservation area located approximately 45 minutes south of Nelson. The land is open to the public on

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Shimmy Mob
Humanitarian

Shimmy Mob organizes an annual “Flash Mob” type of event, the largest event of its kind by the total geographical territory covered in one day. Through it, the organization creates awareness and raises funds for shelters for victims of abuse in participating communities around the world. Francesca Anastasi, also known as

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Hands holding Planet Earth
General

Voices For Our Planet .com is calling for volunteers who live in Canada, preferably British Columbia or Alberta, who have the time to attend one meeting a month (or do more if you want to). Alison is turning Voices For Our Planet into a social enterprise business that will donate

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orca whales in marine environmet
Endangered Species

Dyna Tuytel, a Barrister & Solicitor at Ecojustice in Calgary, has had a lifelong interest and concern about environmental issues. Following an undergraduate Arts degree, she attended law school to pursue a career in environmental law. She has loved whales since she was a kid, and is particularly excited about

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extinct passenger pigeon
Endangered Species

To better understand some of the challenges that the over 16,000 endangered species face and save them from going extinct, let’s take a look at what happened to drive some Canadian species into extinction. Over hunting/Overfishing Sea Mink Woodland Caribou (Queen Charlotte Islands population) Cascade Mountain Wolf Newfoundland Wolf Great

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Sydney beach heat wave
Climate Change

Australia is known for its hot climate, yet the frequency of its extreme heat waves is increasing each year and having a hugely negative impact on its wildlife. A study completed in 2015 found that from 2000 to 2014, Australia set 12 heat records for every 1 cold record. While

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Mt Avatar ancient forest
General

Sierra Club BC’s Forest and Climate Campaigner Jens Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate campaigner for the Sierra Club BC, has an early memory planting small trees, ferns and mosses next to little rocks and roots in the backyard of his childhood home in Germany. The mini landscape looked like a

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trophy hunting
General

CNN recently broadly advertised and then showed a special called Trophy. I understand that the show featured trophy hunting and started conversations. On Facebook, I posted a link to an article explaining the downside of trophy hunting, and a hunting fan responded with what I c all propaganda. Here’s our

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Wild Kingdom watching
Fun Stuff

On a rare Saturday evening at home with the TV on, I was delighted to find out that my favorite show as a child is still on these days. Wild Kingdom has actually been on since about 2002 this time, so this won’t be news to many of you. Wild

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orca whales in marine environmet
Endangered Species

125 marine species are at risk in and around the Georgia Strait, but the Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is wanting to change that and help protect their critical habitat. Christianne Wilhelmson, M.Sc., Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, shared some thoughts with me Monday about what’s happening. GSA was

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Cute African girl after cleft lip
Humanitarian

Every 3 minutes, a child is born with cleft lip or cleft palette, reports Operation Smile. This can have a significant impact on the child’s life – it affects their ability to eat and drink, and sadly, sometimes results in their parents giving them away as they don’t want to

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