Something's Fishy: Cat's got my tongue

<i>Channel catfish</i>, Fat Fish series (Illustration by Al Lau)

Before all you cat ladies and cat fanatics start reading this blog, I need to disclose something: I’m a dog person. It’s not that I don’t like cats. Who couldn’t love their long whiskers and unpredictable behaviour? I just...

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Flattening a prairie province's misconceptions

Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Growing up, I learned a lot about my home province, Saskatchewan, from my fellow Canadians. I was told that the land — limited to fields of wheat and canola — is tabletop flat and devoid of trees. I heard that our towns, villages and...

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Trading screens for shovels: NCC national staff lend a hand for nature

NCC National staff joined Ontario field staff for a day of planting and pulling and cutting down invasive species (Photo by NCC)

The sun was shining down on the Barr property in southern Ontario as the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) national staff gathered around Todd Farrell, NCC’s conservation biology coordinator for the Ontario Region. We were learning our...

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Parks for peace

Clouds over Waterton, Alberta (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Clouds over Waterton, Alberta (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

As a new graduate, my mind is constantly connecting what I do with what I studied. I started my academic career in international relations, focusing on water management and how the two co-exist. The (simplified) theory is that cooperating around...

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Song of Northern Superior

White-throated sparrow (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

It was a chilly April morning in southern Ontario, so all of the windows in my house were closed. But I could still hear something outside. I quickly pushed open the window and listened. There it was — the cheery song of the white-throated...

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Celebrating a decade of the power of volunteering

Volunteers pull invasive yellow flag iris at Baikie Island Nature Reserve (Photo by NCC)

Each spring and early summer, as Canada’s migratory species start arriving at their breeding and nesting grounds, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Conservation Volunteers also emerge from their wintering grounds. In the...

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Navigating a course for Canada's Marine Protected Areas on World Oceans Day

Rocks and ocean as seen on the Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve (Photo by NCC)

Rocks and ocean as seen on the Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve (Photo by NCC)

Oceans and coasts are a key part of Canada’s environment, economy and identity, and yet most of us are unaware of how they are protected, and why conserving them is critical. Precious resources rich in life Salt water touches every...

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There are bears on Prince Edward Island

Marine tardigrade, known affectionately as a 'water bear'. (Photo by Emma Perry)

What’s that, you say? There are bears on PEI? Yes! Well, sort of. Tiny, microscopic water bears! I live in Prince Edward Island, the smallest Canadian province, with the highest population density. We have a long history of humans living on...

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Feeling happy about conservation

Kristyn Ferguson, spring monitoring, ON (Photo by NCC)

The toque did not stay on long during our third monitoring visit! (Photo by NCC)

I was 21 years old, and I was going to save the world, starting with one particular forest.In 2004, during my third year of an undergrad degree at the University of Guelph, I took a course called "Problem-solving in Environmental Biology." My six...

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How the Great White North can change the world: Canada's role in global biodiversity conservation

Powder Islands, Lake Superior, ON (Photo by Alan Auld)

Powder Islands, Lake Superior, ON (Photo by Alan Auld)

I still remember a time when thinking about conservation made me feel disappointed in Canada. During my undergraduate years at the University of Waterloo in the early 1990s, I learned about the pioneering work of Norman Myers and read subsequent...

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