Earthwatchers worked in the pristine wilderness of Nova Scotia, Canada, where endless miles of unspoiled forest roll to the rocky shoreline.
This beautiful setting is one of the world’s temperate ecosystems, where most of us in the industrialized world live. These ecosystems face constant threat from human activities like logging and agriculture. Conserving our environment while also benefiting from it poses a huge challenge—especially in the context of global climate change, which may lead many species to disappear forever.
While studying the mammals of Nova Scotia, experts and volunteers examined how environmental pressures are shaping animal populations, and how we can best manage our natural resources in the face of these pressures. They worked with some of North America’s most iconic species. On some days they trapped and recorded data on chipmunks to assess the effects of climate change on hibernating species. On other days, they tracked the movements and behavior of porcupines, deer, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and bears. This research was aimed at understanding how best to live with the species that compete with us for crops, timber, and basic living space.