Nature calling

Carys Richards in Waterton, AB (Photo by Carys Richards)

Carys Richards in Waterton, AB (Photo by Carys Richards)

I grew up in the mountains, and it was this landscape that shaped my love and appreciation for nature. I was born in Banff and grew up in Canmore, Alberta — in the heart of the Rockies. My parents were the kind of people who decided when my...

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The importance of boreal forests

Boreal forest by Fort McMurray, AB (Photo by Michel Rapinski)

Boreal forest by Fort McMurray, AB (Photo by Michel Rapinski)

This past summer, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) participated in the protection of the largest contiguous area of boreal forest in the world. This amazing feat was achieved in partnership with the Tallcree Tribal Government, the...

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12 tweetable facts about Canadian snakes

Blue racer (Photo by Joe Crowley)

Blue racer (Photo by Joe Crowley)

In honour of World Reptile Day, here are some interesting tidbits about Canada's native snake species to share with your friends and followers on Twitter: In Canada, the blue racer snake is found only on Pelee Island. (Tweet this!) When...

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How a summer working with a conservation organization helped me as a future journalist

Carys Richards at Waterton Lakes National Park, AB (Photo by NCC)

Carys Richards at Waterton Lakes National Park, AB (Photo by NCC)

My experience at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) last summer differed from most of our interns because I was rarely in the field. While most of NCC’s staff members are directly involved with NCC's on-the-ground conservation efforts,...

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NCC staff's fall fashion lineup

Our lovely CV staff model their fall fashion essentials (by NCC)

Our lovely CV staff model their fall fashion essentials (by NCC)

Although the summer months are over, our staff members are still hard at work. Conservation Volunteers events continue into the fall; in some provinces they go as late as November. And even though they’re out in the field, our Nature...

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Bring bees back to your garden

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

A few weeks ago, my mother texted me a photo of a shallow bowl with some rocks that she had set up beside her flowerbed. I didn’t have a clue what it was, and I told her as much. “It’s for my bumblebee,” she replied....

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5 ways to incorporate nature into your hectic schedule (+1 bonus)

Outdoor yoga (Photo by Lululemon Athletica)

Outdoor yoga (Photo by Lululemon Athletica)

Now that summer vacation's over and we're into September, I’m beginning to look ahead to the school year. Classes, textbooks, and homework, oh my! With the dog days of summer flying by quicker than I can comprehend, it won’t be long...

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12 tweetable facts about Canadian snakes

Massasauga rattlesnake (Photo by Aaron Goodwin)

Massasauga rattlesnake (Photo by Aaron Goodwin)

Whether you're a snake savant or simply a citizen, it's the time of year that our slithery friends are out and about. Here are some interesting tidbits about our native snake species to share with your friends and followers on Twitter: In...

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Encountering Waterton

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

During my travels, I’ve seen a variety of mountains: the ancient remains of volcanic peaks in Tasmania, the coastal slopes of the Sierra Nevada range in southern Spain, the aptly-named Remarkables of New Zealand. I know that not all...

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Life is a highway

Anna Heslop (Photo courtesy Anna Heslop)

Anna Heslop (Photo courtesy Anna Heslop)

I learned about Anna Heslop though an email from a colleague that contained a link to her blog and a subject line that implied a potential story. The description in the message was brief — she was biking across Canada and fundraising for NCC...

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