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How much for that ecosystem?

How much for that ecosystem?

By Caroline Schultz How much does a boreal forest cost? What about the entire boreal region? Naturalists tend to argue that we shouldn’t put a price tag on biodiversity, because the value of nature, broadly defined, cannot be reduced to dollars and cents. But decision makers are increasingly fixated on the financial impact of their […]

Troubled waters

Troubled waters

Ottawa still refuses to recognize the economic benefits of clean lakes. By Douglas Hunter   Illustration by Marco Cibola    On March 4, the Obama administration marshaled enough bipartisan support to table legislation in Congress for the five-year, $650-million-a-year Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The U.S. government is determined to deal with pollution hot spots […]

Whip-poor-will

Whip-poor-will

Often heard but seldom seen, this enigmatic insectivore has undergone a rapid population drop across Canada. Researchers are now turning to new survey methods to help save a poorly understood species. By Tim Tiner The whip-poor-will’s loud, ringing call – a fabled, disembodied “voice in the night woods” (in the words of naturalist Roger Tory […]