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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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 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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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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The legendary wolverine

It’s not without reason that the wolverine is the subject of myth and legend. The physical attributes and way of life of this northern animal feed into the most fantastic…

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