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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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NCC Creative Conservation Challenge: Mud Inspired 2015

My 2015 year in nature (Collage by Cameron Curran)

My 2015 year in nature (Collage by Cameron Curran)

There’s no question that I had a "wild" 2015. My experiences in nature encapsulated discovery, wilderness, adventure, learning and community building. Through these experiences, I learned an abundance of natural heritage and ecological...

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

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of the top conservation and nature stories from...

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You think your relatives are wild? Take a look at nature’s own families

Red colobus monkeys in Jozani forest. Endemic to Zanzibar (Photo by Olivier Lejade, Wikimedia Commons)

Red colobus monkeys in Jozani forest. Endemic to Zanzibar (Photo by Olivier Lejade, Wikimedia Commons)

This Lunar Year is the Year of the Monkey. With Family Day coming up, what better way to share facts about the Chinese emblem than with your own tribe? Monkeys have strong family dynamics. Like humans, they spend their lives in large communities...

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New year, new beginnings – even if it’s not in an ideal spot

Can you spot the killdeer? (Photo by Sarah Wallace/Dispatches from the Field)

Can you spot the killdeer? (Photo by Sarah Wallace/Dispatches from the Field)

Often when biologist go out to the field for their first time, they are super excited and usually think they have it all under control. Thoughts, such as, “Oh I can carry all of those heavy totes myself,” or “I will map out the...

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What's flapping around in two Christmas Bird Count circles? (Part Two)

Bob and Mike checking out a flock of sparrows and finches (Photo by Kristyn Ferguson)

Bob and Mike checking out a flock of sparrows and finches (Photo by Kristyn Ferguson)

A ways up Highway 400 and across the top of Lake Simcoe from the Richmond Hill count circle (read about it in Part One), the Carden Alvar Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday, January 2. It was a cold and dark morning when I left my house...

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What’s flapping around in two Christmas Bird Count circles? (Part One)

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

This is Part One of a two-part series on Christmas Bird Counts that took place this winter. The Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest running citizen science project since 1900. Counts are carried out within a 24-kilometre...

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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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