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In pictures: Canada's top 10 'cool' biodiversity hotspots

For the UN Day for Biodiversity, Ducks Unlimited and the Boreal Songbird Initiative are highlighting Canada's unsung boreal treasures

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The South Nahanni Watershed in the Yukon and Northwest Territories contains dramatic canyons dotted with limestone caves, underground rivers, labyrinths, and sinkholes and mounds with terraced hot springs.

Steve Kallick

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The Peel River Watershed in the Yukon and Northwest Territories was an ice-free refuge for animals during the most recent ice age and is the habitat of range-restricted mammals like the mountainous Dall’s sheep, the singular singing vole and the collared pika.

Juri Peepre

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Northern B.C.’s Sacred Headwaters contain some of Canada’s most important salmon-bearing rivers.

Michael Fay

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Caribou House in northern Quebec and Labrador. Until recently, this was home to the world’s largest herd of migratory tundra caribou.

Valerie Courtois

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Tursujuk National Park on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay is a summer sanctuary for beluga whales and home to a rare population of landlocked freshwater seals.

Josée Brunelle/KRG

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Northern Quebec’s Broadback River Watershed is of the few remaining large undammed rivers in the province, and is home to one of the last old-growth forests.

Lynette Chubb

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The Hudson and James Bay Lowlands is a massive carbon sink, the largest peatland system on the planet.

Evan Ferrari/Wildlands League

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Pimachiowin Aki in northwestern Ontario and Manitoba has been proposed as a World Heritage Site because it is one of the last remaining intact portions of southern boreal forest.

Jeff Wells

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Thaidene Nene, the area surrounding the eastern arm of Great Slave Lake, features a diverse mixture of treed areas and tundra and is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species.

Jason Charlwood

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The Saskatchewan River Delta, one of the largest freshwater inland deltas in North America, is a huge carbon sink and home to as many as 200 bird species, 48 fish species and 43 mammals.

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