Nova Scotian adventures

Danielle Horne in the field (Photo by NCC)

Danielle Horne in the field (Photo by NCC)

Having spent my summers in Cape Breton, I am no stranger to the fickle weather found here in Nova Scotia. So far, we have been lucky to have mostly decent weather for our field work (so far anyway). Whether it is tromping through the bush in...

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How do you market nature? My internship with the philanthropy and marketing team

West Virginia white butterfly (Photo by Randy L. Emmitt)

West Virginia white butterfly (Photo by Randy L. Emmitt)

My experience as an intern in with the philanthropy and marketing department at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) far exceeded any expectations I had going in. Coming from a charity I had been working at for nearly three years in North Bay, a...

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Four months to change a career

Braydi Rice in Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Braydi Rice helping deactivate roads in Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

I didn’t grow up in the city. I had the chance to grow up in what some would consider one of the most diverse places in Canada: the Rocky Mountains. I spent most of the summer as a child at the lake, a five-minute walk from my house. As a...

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Who will lead us next? Investing in the next generation of NCC leaders

Sandstone Ranch, AB (Photo by NCC)

Sandstone Ranch, AB (Photo by NCC)

I was feeling pretty nervous. About 25 Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff members from across the country were starting to take their seats for the first leadership development training session that NCC had ever organised. Sure, we’ve...

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A summer to remember: Looking back on my summer as a communications intern

Deep Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Deep Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will always have a special place in my heart, especially after completing an editorial internship there during the summer of 2010. I learned many important skills during my time there that I still use on a...

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Happy birthday, Quiddy!

Happy birthday, Quiddy! (Photo by NCC)

Happy birthday, Quiddy! (Photo by NCC)

A media availability and photo opportunity was held in the Fredericton Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) office over the noon hour today. It was to celebrate the 50th birthday of our learned colleague, John Foley, (aka Quiddy) a long-serving NCC...

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Beyond the job ad: Why non-profits need to be on LinkedIn

NCC LinkedIn cover image

NCC LinkedIn cover image

One of the most common misconceptions among marketing and communications professionals is that LinkedIn is nothing more than a glorified job board. LinkedIn is just for talent recruitment, right? Wrong! In fact, of the more than 259 million...

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It all adds up: The surprising variety of ways conservation scientists use math daily

Geometry lessons (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, KUHT)

Geometry lessons (Photo Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. UH Digital Library, Wikimedia Commons, KUHT)

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Development and Co-Operation found that Canadian students have slipped out of the top-10 list of countries with the highest math scores. This has implications for all Canadian professions, not...

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Who is training tomorrow’s conservation biologists? The gap between academic and applied conservation

NCC conservation intern monitoring plant communities (Photo by NCC)

NCC conservation intern monitoring plant communities (Photo by NCC)

As a small group of large black birds soared overhead on a warm summer day, I saw a look of confusion on my new field assistant’s face. I asked her if she was OK, and she commented: “That’s the third time I’ve seen those...

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How time flies: Looking back on my quindecennial with NCC

Doug Bliss, Atlantic regional director, Canadian Wildlife Service, Linda Stephenson, Atlantic regional vice president, NCC and Charles Duncan, director of WHSRN executive office unveil commemorative print of semipalmated sandpipers by artist Robert Lyon (Photo by NCC)

Doug Bliss, Atlantic regional director, Canadian Wildlife Service, Linda Stephenson, Atlantic regional vice president, NCC and Charles Duncan, director of WHSRN executive office unveil commemorative print of semipalmated sandpipers by artist Robert Lyon (Photo by NCC)

They say “time flies when you are having fun.” Guess that explains why the past decade and a half seem to have gone by at warp speed. You can break it down to be 5,475 days, or 780 weeks or 180 months, but any way you slice it, this is...

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