Playing in the big leagues

Playing in the big leagues r1 ... View archive version We got some excellent news yesterday — The Narwhal has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards!

Judges considered entries from 187 Canadian magazines this year, so we’re tickled pink to be recognized alongside the very best of this country’s magazine journalism.

Launched less than a year ago, The Narwhal is an ad-free, non-profit online magazine focused on telling stories about Canada’s natural world. More than 1,200 readers donated to support The Narwhal’s journalism during our first year, including more than 700 monthly members. Pretty cool, eh?

(If you wanna join the party, become a Narwhal.)

Read on for stories this week on Canada getting something right, caribou lobbying efforts by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and a happy (really!) story about scientists giving Fraser River salmon a fresh chance.

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-chief

P.S. By the way, three of our four award-worthy stories are featured in our first-ever print edition of The Narwhal, which you can order here (while limited supplies last!).

The Narwhal nominated for four National Magazine Awards

By Emma Gilchrist

The Narwhal earned three nods in the photojournalism category and a fourth for portrait photography. Read more.

How scientists are giving Fraser River salmon a fresh chance

By Judith Lavoie

A subtle transformation to a century-old jetty is giving new hope to recovery efforts for the fish and their No. 1 predator, the endangered southern resident killer whale. Read more.

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association to lobby B.C. government on endangered caribou plans

By Sarah Cox
The industry organization, whose members operate 119,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada, intends to lobby ministers and the Premier as province delays rules for species at risk. Read more.

Canada bans deep-sea mining, oil and gas drilling in marine protected areas

By James Wilt
“The public played a really big role in this change." Read more.

B.C.’s natural resource officers unequipped to deal with forestry and wildfire crimes: special investigation

By Larry Pynn

Imagine a complex forestry crime. Say a logging company fails to replant a clearcut or an individual is illegally stealing Douglas Firs from Crown land for lumber. Now imagine the provincial law-enforcement officer assigned to investigate those violations of provincial laws has no training in how to gather evidence.

Or, think about a suspicious wildfire. Nearby there’s a vehicle that may be connected to the blaze but officers in the field are so poorly equipped they can’t even conduct a check on the vehicle’s registration.

This is the state of affairs for natural resource officers in B.C. Read more.

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