2015 - A natural reflection and year list

Belted kingfisher at Lake Ontario (Photo by Tianna Burke)

Belted Kingfisher young at Lake Ontario.This little one fell into the lake on his first flight and we helped him get back into his burrow. (Photo by Tianna Burke)

Blogging for me has always been as much about sharing nature with others as it has been about personal reflection. I have never written a year-end post before, however after learning about the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Creative...

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Winter isn’t just for the birds

Snow bunting (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, John Haslam)

Snow bunting (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, John Haslam)

While many bird watchers and nature enthusiasts in Canada might look forward to the spring – a time when millions of migratory birds return to fill Canada's forests and grasslands with a chorus of songs each summer – I experience a...

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

Painted bunting (Photo by Doug Janson/Wikimedia Commons)

Painted bunting (Photo by Doug Janson/Wikimedia Commons)

Each week, countless great stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. This year, we're launching a new feature on Land Lines: the Friday Five, a weekly roundup of the top...

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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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