An osprey family affair

Osprey soars around its nest (Photo by Lorne)

Osprey soars around its nest (Photo by Lorne)

This journey of an osprey family, between early May 2015 and mid-August of the same year, is almost as much my journey as theirs. It begins as a young boy some six decades ago, when my maternal grandfather would pick me up to spend some quality...

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To everything there is a season. Tern! Tern! Tern!

Common tern in flight at Tern Island, Tabusintac (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC)

Common tern in flight at Tern Island, Tabusintac (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC)

On a June day last year, I found myself on a small sandy island surrounded by thousands of screaming terns overhead. With the smell of guano filling my nose, I carefully picked my footing around nests containing eggs and thought — it's good...

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Birds of a feather

Ruffed grouse, MB (Photo by Yaremchuk)

Ruffed grouse, MB (Photo by Yaremchuk)

This winter I am taking the second half of a two-part ornithology course. The coursework is focused on taxonomy and identification, and as such I spend a lot of time in a lab handling specimens, both mounted and study skins. The average birder...

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You too can be a citizen scientist! Join a Christmas Bird Count this year

Volunteers with binoculars at Codroy Valley Fall waterfowl Survey, NL (photo by NCC)

Volunteers with binoculars at Codroy Valley Fall waterfowl Survey, NL (photo by NCC)

Citizen science monitoring is an unspeakably important part of conservation, and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it out yet to get involved. Christmas Bird Counts in particular are a great excuse to catch some sunshine and exercise...

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A natural take on Black Friday

Crow (Photo by Linda Tanner, Wikimedia Commons)

Crow (Photo by Linda Tanner, Wikimedia Commons)

Learn more about a few of our Canadian species and share these tweets to show others how natural #BlackFriday can be! ...

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Wetlands update from the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

First light on the Garry oaks. (Photo by Ren Ferguson)

First light on the Garry oaks. (Photo by Ren Ferguson)

The morning was a beauty, with mist rising from Quamichan Lake illuminated in the rich sunrise. I was in for a treat. As I walked through the fields past huge Garry oak trees, I saw a fine black-tailed deer buck with shiny antlers and muscles...

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The Hunger Games' new Tributes (of nature)

Grizzly bear (Painting by David Arrigo) represents one of the several Canadian animals you can sponsor this holiday season.

Grizzly bear (Painting by David Arrigo) represents one of the several Canadian animals you can sponsor this holiday season.

Welcome to the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) Hunger Games! This year there are six tributes battling it out for Canada’s pledges. In honour of the underground District, here are 13 tweetable facts about NCC’s annual...

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Close encounters with a pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker female foraging on a dead stand. (Photo by Claire Elliott)

Pileated woodpecker female foraging on a dead stand. (Photo by Claire Elliott)

When I’m feeling unmotivated to go for a hike, I usually try to suppress those feelings and go anyway. I never regret the time I spend outdoors, and again that was the case this past weekend. I was sitting restlessly at my desk, which was...

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Birds of the Happy Valley Forest (Part Five)

Evening grosbeak, once a most common invader from the boreal forest each winter. In recent years less frequently appearing. (Photo by Anna Tchoulik)

Evening grosbeak, once a most common invader from the boreal forest each winter. In recent years less frequently appearing. (Photo by Anna Tchoulik)

Our forest cover in the Happy Valley begins a few miles above the lakeshore of Lake Ontario. Birds stop here each year to feed and rest while on their migration north in the spring, and as a last stop in the fall as they move south. In the fall...

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Strength in numbers: Captive breeding and release program for shrikes in Ontario

All of the young shrikes are banded with a uniquely-numbered metal band before they are released; most will also get a combination of colour bands so they can be easily identified from a distance in the wild. (Photo by Lydia Dotto, ImageInnovation Photography)

All of the young shrikes are banded with a uniquely-numbered metal band before they are released; most will also get a combination of colour bands so they can be easily identified from a distance in the wild. (Photo by Lydia Dotto, ImageInnovation Photography)

There are only a few places left in Ontario where you can reliably find the endangered loggerhead shrike; one of those places is a property owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). NCC’s Scheck Nature Reserve, located northeast of...

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