Acoustic ecology and ethical listening

Wind harp (Photo by Martin D, Wikimedia Commons)

Wind harp (Photo by Martin D, Wikimedia Commons)

This article is an abridged version of a piece originally published April 28, 2014 on the City Creatures blog for the Center for Humans and Nature. Using personal experiences of animal encounters in the urban wilderness as my starting point, I...

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A conservation overture: Finding music in nature

Paul Bezooyen (Photo by Garland Colson)

Paul Bezooyen (Photo by Garland Colson)

For folk songwriter and performing artist Paul Bezooyen, nature demonstrates balance, harmony and the inter-relatedness of everything. Nothing is more or less important than another thing. Nature doesn’t "try to be"... it just "is." He...

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Holiday singalong: The 12 Days of Wildlife

Moose in Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Moose (photo by Mike Dembeck)

The snow is on the ground, the lights are on the tree and the eggnog carton is sitting empty in the fridge — the holidays are here! And as we get closer to the fun-filled festivities, I'm finding it difficult to separate holiday cheer from...

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9 ways to green your holiday

Make it a green holiday (Photo by Amy Anastasopoulos)

Make it a green holiday (Photo by Amy Anastasopoulos)

Here at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we’re gearing up for an eco-friendly holiday, so we thought we’d share some of our favourite tips on how to “green” your holiday celebrations. ...

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Giving green: A handmade how-to

Step 1: Start with a flyer (Photo by NCC)

Step 1: Start with a flyer (Photo by NCC)

Need something to put that upcycled gift in? Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to make a gift bag out of a paper flyer. (Note: A detailed slideshow with larger images is available at the bottom of this story.) You will need: A...

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Giving green: Outdoor gifts from the heart

Tin can lantens (Photo by Grow Creative)

Upcycled tin can lanterns for your garden (Photo by Grow Creative)

If you read my previous post, you’ll already know about my love for giving environmentally-friendly gifts. Anything I give someone that doesn’t create more waste or increase my footprint makes me a happy giver. And while today’s...

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Giving green: Sustainable, upcycled (and sometimes handmade) gifts

Upcycled Pac-Man coffee mugs (Photo by Kyla Winchester)

Upcycled Pac-Man coffee mugs (Photo by Kyla Winchester)

December can be a very “stuff”-heavy month. Though many of us exchange gifts in and around this time of year, bestowing our loved ones with tokens of our affection can create a lot of garbage. We buy a brand-new item, usually wrapped...

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