Hiker meets hunter: An encounter with a snowy owl

A male snowy owl (Photo by Pixabay)

A male snowy owl (Photo by Pixabay)

When I moved to Newfoundland in 2011, I was excited to explore the incredible landscapes of my adopted province. Even the most densely populated part of the province — the Avalon Peninsula near St. John’s — is still wild enough...

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Reducing light pollution is a simple way to help insects

Frosted elfin butterfly (Photo by Geoff Gallice, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0, generic license, Wikimedia Commons)

Frosted elfin butterfly (Photo by Geoff Gallice, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0, generic license, Wikimedia Commons)

Have you ever noticed moths vigorously flapping around your porch light? Well, they’re probably mistaking it for the moon, according to The Guardian. And sadly, most insects trapped in this cycle are dead by morning, either from exhaustion...

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10 highlights that show progress and should give us hope for the coming decade

Next Creek watershed (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Next Creek watershed (Photo by Steve Ogle)

At the dawn of 2010, the world seemed ready for change. There was increasing awareness about nature and the environment, and voices calling for action on climate and nature conservation were growing louder. A transition to true sustainable...

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A rare encounter with a rare species

Allison Patrick stands among the tall grasses and wildflowers at NCC's property on Hog Island. (Photo by NCC)

Allison Patrick stands among the tall grasses and wildflowers at NCC's property on Hog Island. (Photo by NCC)

As a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Fredericton, I spend each summer working in some of the most beautiful parts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. One of my favourite areas in New Brunswick is...

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Reconnecting with nature, each other and ourselves

Exploring Yoho National Park (Photo by Kayla Burak/NCC staff)

Exploring Yoho National Park (Photo by Kayla Burak/NCC staff)

There are many benefits to working for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), but one of the more recently announced benefits might be my favourite: two paid nature days. When this new perk was announced, I’ll admit my first thought was...

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

Tropical fish swimming among corals (Photo by Pixabay)

Tropical fish swimming among corals (Photo by Pixabay)

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 December 2019. Coral music Fish will return to...

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Why recycling is important, how we’re making it better and what you can do

Facility where residential material is sorted and baled into products that are marketed (Photo by Tammy Schwass of the Material Recovery Facility, Lethbridge)

Facility where residential material is sorted and baled into products that are marketed (Photo by Tammy Schwass of the Material Recovery Facility, Lethbridge)

The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) works to promote, facilitate and advocate for a circular economy in Alberta through waste reduction and resource conservation. This post addresses economic, environmental and systemic myths about recycling...

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How soundscapes can reflect healthy ecosystems

Common loon (Photo by Ano Lobb/Wikimedia Commons)

Common loon (Photo by Ano Lobb/Wikimedia Commons)

Almost everyone has been emotionally affected by the glorious vision of a landscape and its vivid colours at sunrise and sunset. We see nature in all its glory and take joy in the breathtaking panorama of oceans, forests, deserts and mountains. We...

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The flight of the monarch inspires an international relay run

Monarch (Photo by NCC)

Monarch (Photo by NCC)

This is the story of the Monarch Ultra: an international relay run involving 46 ultra runners who ran along the monarch’s migratory route from Peterborough, Ontario, to Macheros, Mexico, this past fall. I yearned to understand the...

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The most enchanting lump of snow

Snowy owl (Photo by ThinkStock)

Snowy owl (Photo by ThinkStock)

As the end of the year approaches, we, the editorial staff at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, search high and low for species’ close encounter stories from our colleagues across the country. As I anxiously waited for submissions, I had...

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