Wildlife and habitat

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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The monarch butterfly, a migrant in danger

The choice of the monarch as the insect to represent Animalium was not due to chance. In the 1990s, I made a modest contribution to the conservation of this exceptional…

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The prickly porcupine

Protected by an amour of 30,000 rigid, prickly hairs, the American porcupine is not, however, safe from every danger. When threatened, this large rodent turns its back to its adversary,…

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The loon, a special symbol in Canada

The loon – which has several names, including “great northern diver” – is one of Canada’s best representatives of the wildness of nature. It is on our dollar coin and…

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The grey squirrel through the seasons

In the eastern part of North America, from Florida to the Lower Laurentians, the grey squirrel is a well-known resident of deciduous woods and mixed forests, city parks and suburban…

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Preservation of wolves in Mont-Tremblant National Park

“The wolf is a keystone species for Mont-Tremblant National Park. Its disappearance would create a significant cascade of side effects on the ecosystems. As the wolf needs a large territory…

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Grouse encounters of the personal kind

By Jeff Swystun My wildlife encounters have been more fun than scary. Once a fox licked the back of my leg. A large, plump white hare sat on my foot…

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A star of Animalium: the impressive urubu à tête rouge

According to the bird book Atlas des oiseaux nicheurs du Québec, “since the discovery of a nest in Rigaud in 1986 – the very first in Quebec – the urubu…

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