Connecting to the land through conservation

We spent the morning walking NCC’s Ursulan property. (Photo by NCC)

We spent the morning walking NCC’s Ursulan property. (Photo by NCC)

On my first field day with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I was expecting a rigorous day of mapping, tracking and other GPS functions I don’t understand. Instead, I found myself birdwatching my way around a beautiful piece of NCC...

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Getting a fresh perspective

Fresh Perspectives photo exhibit at 10C in Guelph, ON (Photo by NCC)

Fresh Perspectives photo exhibit at 10C in Guelph, ON (Photo by NCC)

Pictures can capture the beauty of the world around us, evoke memories and feelings, and allow us to see nature in a different way. If taking and seeing photos of nature can do this for adults, imagine what it can do for children. Encouraging...

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The land is our identity

Treaty 4 territory, Qu'Appelle Valley, SK (Photo by Dane Roy)

Treaty 4 territory, Qu'Appelle Valley, SK (Photo by Dane Roy)

Indigenous Peoples have lived on, cared for and maintained relations with the land we now call Canada for thousands of years. Their relationship with the land isn’t just one of sustenance and livelihood; it also encompasses a deep sense of...

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Our bird populations need your help

Peregrine falcon (Photo by Jacques Bouvier)

Peregrine falcon (Photo by Jacques Bouvier)

As summer emerges, Canadians are enjoying nicer weather and the sights and sounds that nature brings us. But bird songs, once a familiar sound, are become increasingly faint whether at the local park or in our own backyard. The 2019...

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Where land meets sky

Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, SK (Photo by Mark Taylor)

Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, SK (Photo by Mark Taylor)

The sky was clear over the vast, windy prairie. In the distance, plains bison could be seen grazing on the native grass that covers the entirety of the Old Man on His Back (OMB) Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, located in southern...

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Volunteering abroad for nature

Clearing reed bed vegetation (Photo courtesy of Megan Quinn/NCC staff)

Clearing reed bed vegetation (Photo courtesy of Megan Quinn/NCC staff)

I don’t vacation very well. The problem with loving my job as a conservation biologist is that I have a hard time taking a holiday (and even when I do, I usually keep an eye on my work email inbox). So when I had the volunteer opportunity to...

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Happy Father’s Day to the ultimate bird nerd

Me as a child with my father (Photo courtesy of Maia Herriot)

Me as a child with my father (Photo courtesy of Maia Herriot)

There is an infamous home video of my older sister learning to ride a bike. My dad is coaching her while my mom records the milestone on a rented camcorder. When the video begins, my dad is slowly pushing my sister along, holding on to the back of...

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In the absence of nature

Child playing in nature (Photo by Cathy Shaluk)

Child playing in nature (Photo by Cathy Shaluk)

I've become very familiar with the concept of cabin fever while at university. It is the week of final exams and I have studied for days, either at the library or at my dorm. Sitting among all the papers and study notes, I begin to feel antsy...

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Sleepflying is the new sleepwalking: Species and their sleeping patterns

Grizzly bear cub denning (Photo by Sarah Whynne CC BY-NC 2.0)

Grizzly bear cub denning (Photo by Sarah Whynne CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sleep. We all need it, and we all want more of it. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, sleep is an important part of human development and health. Sleep helps heal and repair your heart and blood vessels, and lack of sleep can...

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Heard it from a Scout: Light a campfire like a Scout

Toronto Island campfire (Photo by Scouts Canada)

Toronto Island campfire (Photo by Scouts Canada)

Whether you are going on an easy day hike or a week-long backpacking adventure, being able to build a fire is an important survival skill. While you may plan to bring a lighter or matches, it’s always best to be prepared with fire-starting...

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