Optical illusions in the wild

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Photo by Brian Lasenby)

Yet another optical illusion has the internet up in fits. In case you missed #TheDress and its sequel, the Adidas jacket, an image of what appears to be a rock lodged in a brick wall will make you think twice about the reality you perceive. So...

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Darwin, phoebe and International Biodiversity Day

Eastern phoebe (Photo by John Benson, Wikimedia Commons)

I saw an eastern phoebe yesterday. Phoebes are small and drab birds, they don’t have a pretty song, they don't do anything particularly endearing, other than bob their tails when perched on branches. I know, I know...big deal. Phoebes...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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Memorizing bird songs made easy with mnemonics

Yellow warbler (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

I recall when I first heard a yellow warbler’s song; it was music against the backdrop of residential traffic in my suburban neighbourhood. At the time I had no clue where the bird was and I had no idea what bird was making this sound. I...

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So you'd like to see a warbler...

Black-and-white warbler (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC staff)

I like birding at just about any point of the year, but spring birding brings a certain excitement after a long winter season. Throughout Canada, warblers and other songbirds are starting to flock to landscapes that were recently quiet. Many are...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Plains bison calves, Old Man on His Back, SK (Photo by Don Getty)

Plains bison calves, Old Man on His Back, SK (Photo by Don Getty)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Black bear (Photo by NCC)

Black bear (Photo by NCC)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Atlantic salmon are an anadromous species, migrating from salt water to fresh water to spawn. (Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld)

Atlantic salmon are an anadromous species, migrating from salt water to fresh water to spawn. (Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Earthworm (Photo by Eitan F/Wikimedia Commons)

Earthworm (Photo by Eitan F/Wikimedia Commons)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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Be a beaver believer

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

Aside from the long list of initiatives celebrated today, April 7 is also a day to celebrate beavers! For starters, here’s a little beaver-inspired anecdote from our Alberta office: “There was once a young man who walked to work...

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