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July 2016

In our July issue, we take on the wildlife of the North. Samia Madwar investigates the impact of increased human noise on marine mammals in Arctic waters, Tim Edwards looks into muskox being found in strange places, Nunavut birder Clare Kines takes us through his favourite Arctic migrators and Daniel Campbell checks in on the debate on polar bears—and why it’s so divisive. Plus: SSi Micro CEO Jeff Philipp spurts ideas on how to improve life in remote communities, Katharine Sandiford talks potty-training toddlers in the Yukon wilderness, and we tally up the costliest animal-related disasters north of 60. 

In This Issue

Tommy Forrest Ballpark in Yellowknife. Photo courtesy Ollie Williams

Seeing Grass

A downtown Yellowknife ballpark transformed from blight to beauty

By Herb Mathisen
Jul 29
2016
Illustration by Beth Covvey

Spare Them Now

On choosing animal companions in the North

By Katie Weaver
Jul 25
2016
Photo by Chris Colbourne/Yukon News

The Beetle And The Damage Done

In the North, we still live according to the laws of the wild

By Daniel Campbell, Herb Mathisen
Jul 22
2016
Red knot are frequent flyers. One has gone almost to the moon-and-back in its lifetime. Photos by Clare Kines

Scenes Of A Summer Nest

Every year, millions of birds from all over the world arrive in Canada's Arctic. Here's what to look out for.

By Clare Kines
Jul 20
2016
Marsh Lake, Yukon. Photo by TravellingOtter - Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Off-Grid With Kids... And The Odd Bear

The many perks of childrearing in the bush, and why potty training is so much easier outside

By Katharine Sandiford
Jul 18
2016

Lost In The Numbers

The polar bear is getting more attention than ever, but that may be harming the animal more than helping.

By Daniel Campbell
Jul 15
2016
Photo by Biodiversity Heritage Library (CC BY 2.0) flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/6103147244/

Fish Out Of Water

Coming of age on the shoreline

By Katie Weaver
Jul 14
2016
A NEW APP, INUKNET, GIVES NUNATSIAVUMMIUT THE CHANCE TO TRACK THE EVERY-DAY EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON PEOPLE. PHOTO COURTESY ASHLEE CUNSOLO WILLOX

Research On The Go

A tiny Inuit community is linking climate change with personal health

By Francis Tessier-Burns
Jul 12
2016
Photo by Doug Allan/Minden Pictures

Breaking The Silence

For centuries, newcomers to the Arctic have marvelled at its powerful stillness. But as the ice melts away and shipping traffic rises, can the Arctic fight back against noise?

By Samia Madwar
Jul 11
2016