The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Wood Buffalo National Park starting with a series of aerial photos to illustrate the landscape features of this outstanding place, with the complex wetland habitats of the Peace-Athabasca Delta and the vast tracts of boreal forest interspersed with more open habitats of the prairie grasslands. Some of the key wildlife species are shown, including the park’s iconic ‘flag-bearers’ – bison, wolf and whooping crane. Other prominent species occurring in Wood Buffalo National Park are also shown, including pelicans, beavers, lynx and black bear. The park is a good place to witness the northern lights (Aurora borealis, a spectacular night-time light show resulting from disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind). The slideshow continues with photos of the salt plains, and the Slave River lowland with its extensive karst topography. Finally a couple of photos are included to illustrate some risks to the park, including ‘development’ opportunities created by new roads and greater access, and the ever-present risk of fire.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Janusz Sliwinski, Wilson Hul, Scott Lough, Mark Kent, Erin, Tim Lumley, J.D. McKinnon, Wild Knife Photography, Wikipedia, Delhi Planet, The Guardian, Nicholas Boullosa, sf-dvs, CTV News, Tripadvisor, Everywhere Travel Blog, CBC, DaseInDesign and National Geographic