12 gifts of nature

Atlantic puffins (Photo by Bill Caulfeild-Browne)

Atlantic puffins (Photo by Bill Caulfeild-Browne)

Every year, the holidays rush by. Anticipation builds, the festive spirit fills the air, holiday jingles loop on. For some, the rush to fill stockings and pick out the perfect gift is both challenging and stressful, but it doesn’t have to...

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Celebrating wetland conservation: NAWCA turns 30

Picturesque Cherry Meadows, BC (Photo by Carol Latter)

Picturesque Cherry Meadows, BC (Photo by Carol Latter)

This month, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) turns 30. Passed on December 13, 1989, NAWCA is one of the most successful pieces of conservation legislation in U.S. history. Under the Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

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Celebrating our Conservation Volunteers

Volunteer with tray of seedlings at Goulding West property, Ontario (Photo by Neil Ever Osborne)

Volunteer with tray of seedlings at Goulding West property, Ontario (Photo by Neil Ever Osborne)

Every December 5, on International Volunteer Day, the United Nations recognizes volunteers worldwide for their efforts and celebrates the impact they are making toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals —17 global goals set by the...

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First snow at Gillies Grove

Newly planted eastern white pine (Photo by NCC)

Newly planted eastern white pine (Photo by NCC)

There is something magical about the first snowfall of the year. As the coordinator of conservation biology for eastern Ontario with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I’m lucky that I get to experience all of our beautiful properties...

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Stop Carcasses! Safer roads for animals and people

A turtle on the roadside with a car speeding by it. (Photo by NCC)

A turtle on the roadside with a car speeding by it. (Photo by NCC)

Working in conservation sometimes means bringing harsh realities to light. As a communications assistant with the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Quebec Region, I promote projects aimed at preventing road kill. Up until...

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Conservation on a budget

Lake Erie Farms (Photo by NCC)

Lake Erie Farms (Photo by NCC)

This spring, conservation staff from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) contributed to a study that looked at the most cost-efficient ways to monitor restoration success in Ontario. So what, you may ask? Let me back up a bit and provide some...

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Caring for our water is a shared responsibility

Fishing in the lake (Photo by Natasha Overduin)

Fishing in the lake (Photo by Natasha Overduin)

My partner and I are in a yellow canoe in the cold, dark water, gliding silently as we skirt the lake’s rocky cliff edge. Our canoe is an old, dented tanker, borrowed from a friend for this three-night camping trip on a large lake in the...

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I like to be outnumbered

Maia Herriot in the field (Photo by NCC)

Maia Herriot in the field (Photo by NCC)

In my last week at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as the communications intern for the Saskatchewan Region, I found myself standing on a hill, in the rain, on one of our Qu’Appelle Valley properties. I was looking through my...

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Twelve spooky facts about Canadian bats

Townsend's big-eared bat (Photo by Brock Fenton)

Townsend's big-eared bat (Photo by Brock Fenton)

There are 18 known bat species in Canada. Although they are subjected to a spooky stigma around Halloween, they’re nothing to be afraid of. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about these not-so-scary mammals: 1. The snooze...

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Get to know one of Canada’s rarest snakes

Desert nightsnake (Photo by W. Mason CC BY-NC)

Desert nightsnake (Photo by W. Mason CC BY-NC)

Working at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has taught me many things, including the fact that many people are infatuated with snakes. Whether people are afraid of them, invested in protecting their habitats or enjoy learning about what...

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