The language we all speak

Me as a child in China (Photo courtesy of Hai Lin Wang)

Me as a child in China (Photo courtesy of Hai Lin Wang)

One of the most common questions people ask me is why I chose to study conservation. For a long time, I couldn’t answer that question. Unlike most of my classmates and fellow interns at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I did not grow...

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60 things – A year to remember

Conservation Volunteers building a bat house (Photo by Lorena Squires)

Conservation Volunteers building a bat house (Photo by Lorena Squires)

My name is Dianne Young, and I turned 60 in February. I wanted to do something special to celebrate but couldn’t decide what to do. Hot air balloon ride? I’ve always wanted to do that. Tandem parachute jump? I’ve always wanted to...

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Life as an intern with the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Before the summer ended and we went our separate ways, I caught up with my fellow interns to get an idea of what they do when they leave the office. (Photo by NCC)

Before the summer ended and we went our separate ways, I caught up with my fellow interns to get an idea of what they do when they leave the office. (Photo by NCC)

As the former communications intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Saskatchewan Region, I spent most of my summer at my desk, while our five other interns spent most of their time in the field. Before the summer ended...

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A day in the field at the Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve

Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, QC (Photo by NCC)

Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, QC (Photo by NCC)

When I started my communications internship here at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) back in May, I didn’t think I would get the opportunity to visit an NCC property this summer. Luckily, I was wrong. After a bit of planning, I joined...

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So, what do you do for a living?

NCC's Cameron Wood hikes with the Google Trekker at Fairy Hill. (Photo by NCC)

NCC's Cameron Wood hikes with the Google Trekker at Fairy Hill. (Photo by NCC)

It’s often one of the first questions we get asked, or that we ask others, when meeting someone for the first time. I think “What’s your name?” or some form of that might be the only question that is more common. Most of...

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August roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

The accumulation of downed woody debris is ripe fuel for forest fire. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The accumulation of downed woody debris is ripe fuel for forest fire. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in August 2019. Amazon fires are setting the world...

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Something’s Fishy: Dace of shade

Redside dace (Photo by K. Schmidt)

Redside dace (Photo by K. Schmidt)

Fine, I’ll say it: as a redhead, I have an affinity for red-coloured species. It’s an unspoken alliance we gingers have — walking, swimming or climbing through a world where we might stand out from the crowd based on our...

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The shorebirds’ favourite rest stop

Piping plover (Photo by Sean Landsman)

Piping plover (Photo by Sean Landsman)

Over the last 20 years, several conservation organizations, including the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), have supported the operation of the Chaplin Nature Centre, located just outside of the town of Chaplin in southern...

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The Carden Challenge: A treat for nature lovers

The start of the Carden Challenge (Photo by Cameron Curran Photography)

The start of the Carden Challenge (Photo by Cameron Curran Photography)

In the blink of an eye, you could miss one of Ontario’s natural heritage treasures, found along Kawartha Lakes Road 6, called the Carden Alvar. Deep in the heart of the Carden Alvar, a bustle can be heard in late May along the back roads....

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When seeing it isn’t enough

Milk River Basin Natural Area, SK (Photo by NCC)

Milk River Basin Natural Area, SK (Photo by NCC)

Photos can evoke emotion and connection. This is definitely the case with Canada’s natural landscapes. Think of some of the nature photos you’ve seen that make you pause: beautiful mountain vistas, crystal clear lakes, old-growth...

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