Location, location, location: Building real estate for cavity dwellers

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Lorne)

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Lorne)

The number of tree cavities are often limited on the landscape, but there are many different species that require cavities for their home (such as squirrels, bats and birds). As a result, cavities that suit the needs of a given species are a hot...

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Citizen science 101

The Wildpaths maritimes project is a citizen science project that helps protect wildlife by using the iNaturalist app. (Photo by NCC)

The Wildpaths maritimes project is a citizen science project that helps protect wildlife by using the iNaturalist app. (Photo by NCC)

Close your eyes and picture a scientist. What do you see? Lab coats, goggles and beakers of bubbling liquids? A perplexed set of eyes staring back at you through a window filled with complex equations beyond comprehension? Ask the internet and it...

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Reduce your plastic footprint

Gull with balloon ribbon wrapped around its feet (Photo by Jason Read)

Gull with balloon ribbon wrapped around its feet (Photo by Jason Read)

On World Environment day this past June 5, the United Nations (UN) called for the end of single-use plastic. Using the #beatplasticpollution hashtag, there were all kinds of conversations on Twitter about how to minimize your plastic use. Plastic...

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Rediscovering food from our own backyards

Me holding a beaked hazelnut (Photo by NCC)

Me holding a beaked hazelnut (Photo by NCC)

Another week has gone by, and the time has come where I look at my empty cupboards and realize that I cannot put off grocery shopping any longer. Grudgingly, I pack up my reusable bags and head across the street to the grocery store. I browse...

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Back to school: How to incorporate nature into a busy school schedule

People taking a walk in the park (Photo by Garry Knight, CC BY-SA 2.0)

People taking a walk in the park (Photo by Garry Knight, CC BY-SA 2.0)

One of the greatest challenges as a student is managing your time. Speaking from experience, it is all too easy to get caught up in a sea of busyness without realizing it. With demanding class schedules, tight assignment deadlines, extracurricular...

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Bringing nature to you: The power of houseplants

Office plants (Photo by J. Pilsack, Wikimedia Commons)

Office plants (Photo by J. Pilsack, Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve always loved plants. I like their colour, their smell and the feeling I get when I’m surrounded by them, both inside and outside the house. Last year, I started covering the entire windowsill of my bedroom with plants and...

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Producing Nature Talks, the podcast (Audio blog)

Voicing the podcast in my home recording studio (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Cassidy/NCC staff)

Voicing the podcast in my home recording studio (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Cassidy/NCC staff)

This is the story of Tiffany Cassidy, the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) national media relations manager, and the lessons she learned while producing a podcast series called Nature Talks. Listen to the audio blog and view the transcript...

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Conservation 101 for urbanites

Garbage clean up at Percival River, PEI (Photo by Sean Landsman)

Garbage clean up at Percival River, PEI (Photo by Sean Landsman)

As a born and raised city dweller, I tend to jump at opportunities that allow me to experience the great outdoors — in all its glory. Connecting with nature has always been an important part of my life, from simple walks in the park to...

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How to build a bug hotel

Bee homes come in all shapes and sizes. (Photo by NCC)

Bee homes come in all shapes and sizes. (Photo by NCC)

Looking for a fun gardening project to help the pollinators in your yard? Why not build a bug hotel? What is a bug hotel? Designed to attract and shelter garden insects, bug hotels are home-made structures constructed from plant material and...

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Why I'm getting rid of my hostas

Hostas at my cottage (Photo by Dan Kraus/NCC staff)

Hostas at my cottage (Photo by Dan Kraus/NCC staff)

I love going to the cottage. We have a little cabin nestled between a hill and a lake near Algonquin Park, in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country. There are so many things I love about this place. Water, moose and amazing autumn colours....

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