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First Bison Calves Born in Banff in Over 140 Years

After a successful translocation of bison from Elk Island National Park to Banff National Park in February 2017, the first calf was born on what is perhaps the most fitting of days – Earth Day. It is the first time bison calves have been born in the national park in over 140 years. [...]

Review – Earth and Sky: Photographs and Stories from Montana and Alberta

Stephen Legault’s Earth and Sky spans 200 pages of stunning images of the Alberta and Montana foothills, paired with captivating narratives of lives that have interacted and developed meaning with these lands over centuries. A conservation activist, writer, and photographer, Legault provides a distinct perspective on the geology and history along the Rocky Mountain front – through national parks, iconic destinations, and everywhere in between. [...]

Op-Ed: Why Dogs Belong On a Leash Outdoors

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to whether or not a dog should be free to roam in the mountains. Some think, "isn’t a dog happier, less threatening and more fun when it is off-leash?" Canmore-based biologist Sarah Elmeligi says it doesn't matter how happy it makes your four-legged friend (or you); dog owners have a responsibility to follow the rules for a reason. Here she presents her case, backed by science, for putting your dog on a leash. [...]

Review – The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family

In the Rocky Mountains we're no stranger to the impact that human behaviour has had on the wildlife that call this land home. But do we really know the full extent? Considering events that unfolded this past summer, Günther Bloch's The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. [...]

What To Do When You Encounter a Bear

Bear spray easy to access on the outside of your pack? Check. Hiking with friends and making noise? Check. Dog on a leash? Check. You’re well-prepared for recreating in bear country. But, what will you do if you actually encounter a bear? A bear biologist gives us her best pointers. [...]

5 Ways to Experience the Waterton Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes National Park is known as the Wildflower Capital of Canada and celebrates its diverse ecology each June with a week-long festival. Whether you're into hiking, horseback, boating or art, here are five ways to explore the flora of this wildflower wonderland. [...]

12 Astonishing Macro Photos of Water Droplets

We've all heard there is beauty in the details. Lucky for us, Martin van den Akker's macro photographs give us a mindbending perspective on one of the smaller elements of nature: water droplets. Call it a bug's-eye view; these photographs will help you appreciate the things you walk past every day. Here we interview van den Akker about his process and feature 12 of his best macro photos to date. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned, with Charlie Russell

Nature is our greatest teacher. Charlie Russell learned this over a lifetime, as a child on his father’s ranch just outside of Waterton Lakes National Park, as a rancher himself, an eco-tourism leader in British Columbia and, most famously, living among grizzly bears in Russia. Sky England interviews Russell, now 74, about his life’s work and what the natural world has taught him. [...]

John E. Marriott Web Series Exposes Wildlife Issues

One of Canada’s premier wildlife photographers, John Marriott recently launched a brand new documentary-style, no-holds-barred web series tackling the most timely and controversial issues facing Canadian wildlife. Lynn Martel interviews Marriott about the impetus behind the web series and why he's hoping to inspire people to take action. [...]

12 Remarkable Canadian Rockies Photographs by Paul Zizka

The Canadian Rockies are among the most photographed mountains in the world, and for good reason. But some photographers go the extra mile to capture them in new ways, whether it's from up high, at night or by visiting rarely explored locations. Crowfoot Media's Photo Editor, Paul Zizka, is a Banff-based photographer who has produced a vast collection of cutting-edge work from the Canadian Rockies. Here are some of his best. [...]

Alberta’s New Park: 4 Reasons to Love the Castle Wilderness

Forty years of campaigning by conservationists culminated to a momentous announcement by the NDP this month: the protection of the Castle region on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Sarah Elmeligi tells us about the Castle's cultural, ecological, and economic significance - and why we should fall in love with Alberta's newest park. [...]

Karsten Heuer: A Life Shaped by the Y2Y Vision

Karsten Heuer is known for many things, in particular big journeys across the Canadian landscape. In this in-depth interview with the conservationist, biologist and author, Lynn Martel uncovers what has inspired his journeys, and where they've brought him today. [...]

Bear Aware Everywhere

What are the chances that bears and people are on the same trail at the same time? And what are the conditions that lead to a higher chance of encounter? These are just some of the questions that Canmore-based researcher, Sarah Elmeligi, is studying as part of her PhD. In this article, she walks us through the preliminary results of her research, and tells us why people should be prepared for a bear encounter - especially when you're close to a road or town. [...]

Reintroducing Bison to Banff: A Timeline

It has been 140 years since bison roamed free in Banff National Park. But, this month, all that has changed as a small herd of Plains bison was translocated from Elk Island National Park to Banff. With the help of Bison Belong, an organization dedicated to the animal’s reintroduction, we put together a timeline to put this recent success into context. [...]

How a Bull Elk Launched My Career

Twenty years ago John E. Marriott photographed a bull elk. Like a needle in a haystack, amongst millions of other photos, this image has stood out as one of his most successful. Here’s the story behind the photograph, and what its simplicity has taught one of the Canadian Rockies’ most well-known photographers. [...]