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

Cow and calf in Waldron, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Cow and calf in Waldron, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

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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Tricks in disguise: Fools and facts in nature

Self-portrait of a Celebes crested macaque female (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Self-portrait of a Celebes crested macaque female (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

A friendly exchange of practical jokes and hoaxes often poses no harm, especially on such a day as April Fools’. But there are some real tricksters in nature that will fool even the most attentive eyes and ears. On April Fools’ we are...

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Owl angels in the snow

Have you ever seen an owl's snow angel? (Photo by Jaimee Dupont/NCC staff)

Have you ever seen an owl's snow angel? (Photo by Jaimee Dupont/NCC staff)

My hometown is a small, lovely and isolated boreal mining town in northern Manitoba. On a recent trip back to visit family, my husband and I were out for an evening walk when we stopped alongside the edge of town to marvel at the silence. That...

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Not just mallards

Mallards — male on the left, female on the right. (Photo by Pia Kaukoranta/NCC staff)

Mallards - male on the left and female on the right. (Photo by Pia Kaukoranta/NCC staff)

Here in Toronto, winter and waterfowl don’t necessarily sound like two things that should go together. But the truth is, while some birds (and people) escape Ontario’s cold winter by heading down to Florida, others migrate from the...

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Poems for Trees: Barred owl

Barred owl (Photo by NCC)

Barred owl (Photo by NCC)

In early spring the world hovers in limboWater drips and melts from tree branches and towering driftsDrizzling into rivers, sneaking across roadways,filling lakes with the cold, fresh promise of summerBut night skies are frozen, laced with...

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Obama-Trudeau Summit is chance to celebrate, and grow, U.S.-Canada conservation successes

Cedar waxwing (Photo by Jeff Wells)

Found throughout much of southern Canada in the summer, cedar waxwings winter in the southern U.S. and Central America. (Photo by Jeff Wells)

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads south on March 10 for his first official visit to the United States, his plane may well pass directly over some of the billions of birds migrating north from points throughout the U.S. to...

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Take a walk on the wild side with NCC

Western screech owl (Photo by Josh Shaw)

Western screech owl (Photo by Josh Shaw)

The field observations made by scientists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are key to telling the stories of conservation. On an average day field staff may encounter an array of wildlife species. Their ordinary field day can yield...

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Stumbling upon the unexpected

Perfectly camouflaged eggs of our mystery species (Photo by NCC)

Perfectly camouflaged eggs of our mystery species (Photo by NCC)

There’s almost a rule among biologists: when you’re out looking for one species, you will have a difficult time finding it. But you’ll often see some other amazing species incidentally! This past summer, fellow Nature...

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Birdie num nums

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Paul Turbitt)

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Paul Turbitt)

You're not going to believe me. I'm going to tell a story with a crazy little hook and you're going to tell me I'm making it up (even after I show you the photos) or making a big deal out of nothing. But it is a big deal, so here goes. A couple...

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