Clarenceville Bog BioBlitz

Clarenceville bog BioBlitz (Photo by NCC)

Clarenceville bog BioBlitz (Photo by NCC)

When people asked what I was doing over the weekend, and I replied “Going to a bog,” the reactions ranged from puzzled faces to outright laughter. In the acoustic sense, the word “bog” isn’t particularly charming. And...

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The biggest nature lesson I learned from kids

Children walking in the woods, Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Children walking in the woods, Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Years ago I worked at an overnight summer camp as its nature director. My main role was to teach and help campers discover the beauty of Mother Nature. I was given very few guidelines, other than it was highly recommended that I take the campers...

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Leaving no trace during outdoor adventures

Leaving no trace during outdoor adventures (Graphic by Fix.com)

Leaving no trace during outdoor adventures (Graphic by Fix.com)

Anyone lucky enough to spend a significant amount of time in the wilderness can appreciate pristine nature… and they have likely seen people’s negative impacts on the outdoors. No one heads down a trail or to a campsite planning to...

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Bombs away...Seed bombs, that is!

Volunteer throwing seed bombs into experimental test plot at Conservation Volunteers event in Alberta. (Photo by NCC)

Volunteer throwing seed bombs into experimental test plot at Conservation Volunteers event in Alberta. (Photo by NCC)

Do you have a patch of hard–to-reach garden space? What about an exposed piece of earth that you’d like to restore to native vegetation? Or perhaps you are simply looking for an enjoyable, hands-on activity for you and your family to...

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Invasive species are a lot like...breakfast!

Maggie Cascadden demonstrates how BaDandelion muffins are made (Photo by NCC)

Maggie Cascadden demonstrates how BaDandelion muffins are made (Photo by NCC)

Weeds: every lawn, garden and even sidewalk seems to have them. They are pesky and stubborn, and have been known to cause severe frustration. A weed is classified as invasive when it travels 100 metres within 50 years, which is really fast...

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The 21st century field naturalist

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve,BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Today’s birder or wildflower enthusiast would be almost unrecognizable to Canada’s first field naturalists. Percy Taverner (1875-1947), a Canadian pioneer in ornithology, carried a shotgun to identify birds in the hand, and used...

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Le naturaliste de terrain du XXIe siècle

Réserve de chênes de Garry de Cowichan, Colombie-Britannique (photo de Tim Ennis/CNC)

Réserve de chênes de Garry de Cowichan, Colombie-Britannique (photo de Tim Ennis/CNC)

Les premiers naturalistes canadiens auraient sans doute du mal à se reconnaître dans les ornithologues ou les passionnés de fleurs sauvages d’aujourd’hui. Percy Taverner (1875‑1947), l’un des pionniers de...

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Connecting with nature: Early morning sun on water

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Early morning and water: two of my favourite photography elements... Come meet me me this weekend at the Halifax Saltscapes East Coast Expo. I'd love to chat about the Nature Conservancy of Canada, photography and opportunities to...

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Three things I've pledged to do for nature this Earth Day

Val Deziel distributes a flat of wild rye for planting (Photo by NCC)

In the space of 45 minutes, NCC staff and volunters planted 1,500 plugs of native grasses. (Photo by NCC)

To celebrate Earth Day I’m sharing three easy activities I’ve pledged to do for nature this year: Plant with purpose I recently moved to a (relatively) quiet suburb of Toronto, into a house with a backyard! Which, as I’m sure...

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Le jour où je me suis mis à enlacer des arbres

MAXIMISER L’INTERACTION ENTRE L’HUMAIN ET LA NATURE EN ENLAÇANT UN ARBRE (PHOTO DE DAN KRAUS/CNC)

MAXIMISER L’INTERACTION ENTRE L’HUMAIN ET LA NATURE EN ENLAÇANT UN ARBRE (PHOTO DE DAN KRAUS/CNC)

Je dois dire pour commencer que je suis un scientifique; je ne suis pas un hippie. Je ne fais pas brûler d’encens, n’utilise pas des pierres ou de cristaux pour la guérison et je ne porte pas de patchwork. Je conduis une...

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