Science and knowledge in action

Parks Canada has a team of conservation scientists who take part in basic and applied research and monitoring activities. Scientists and other Parks Canada team members also work closely with holders of Indigenous Knowledge to make decisions about how to manage, plan, and operate national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.


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A map of the changing North
How will climate change affect northern parks like Tuktut Nogait?
Climate change and protected areas
Scanning the bugs
Using a genetic identification method called "Barcode of Life," researchers complete a major survey of insect diversity.
Ecological monitoring
Two paths, one destination
Indigenous knowledge works hand in hand with modern science to protect a park and a homeland
Indigenous ecological knowledge
Testing the waters: one advisor’s role in creating new National Marine Conservation Areas
Marine Areas Establishment Advisor Diane Blanchard has a unique role in helping create protected areas.
Creating new protected areas
Managing ships and whales in the St. Lawrence Estuary
Parks Canada is working with the shipping industry to reduce collisions between vessels and whales.
Protecting species in national parks
Parks for the Milky Way
Parks Canada’s dark sky preserves are havens of night in an increasingly over-lit world.
Conserving and restoring ecosystems

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