Wildlife and habitat

The charming, voracious praying mantis

The intriguing praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) charms us with its triangular head, its staring eyes and in particular, its long, thorny front legs folded back upon themselves like a boxer…

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Do we have to eliminate the mosquitoes?

Summer’s arrival coincides with the emergence of mosquitoes. These biting insects annoy outdoors enthusiasts, forest workers, and animals both domestic and wild, and sometimes transmit dreadful diseases. However, should we…

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The domestic cat: a cuddly killer

Beneath its cuddly exterior, the domestic cat is a formidable predator. Ten thousand years of domestication have not changed its hunting capabilities, and its impact on populations of birds and…

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The team spirit of the Canada goose

In 1995, at the Jakarta conference, the countries that were signatory to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity chose Montreal to be the headquarters for the secretariat of this…

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Those elegant weasels

In North America there are three species of weasel: the long-tailed weasel, the ermine, and the least weasel. In spite of their similar appearance and way of life, they can…

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The snowbound snowshoe hare

The survival of the North American hare is closely linked to the presence of snow, as are its other common names: varying hare and snowshoe hare. The pelt of this…

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Pick up that peel

By Jeff Swysten Hiking’s simple rule is this: leave only footprints. I like to add: try to avoid that, too. Often I see people avoiding a puddle, thereby widening the…

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Do predators kill for fun?

Carnivores – meat-eaters – sometimes kill more prey than they need to feed themselves and their young. This behaviour, called “surplus slaughter” could lead you to think that predators kill…

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The ingenious beaver

The beaver, Canada’s official emblem, which is engraved on our five cent pieces, is an engineer by nature and of nature. The dams it makes on streams and rivers model…

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The intelligence of the raven

In a Hallowe’en context, the raven represents the incarnation of evil, damned souls and Satan. At one time, in Europe, a dead raven was nailed to the door of a…

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