Exploring the boreal forest with an interactive story map

Canada warbler (Photo by Gerald Deboer)

Canada warbler (Photo by Gerald Deboer)

Imagine taking a flight across Canada’s vast and breathtaking boreal region, which stretches across approximately 60 per cent of the country. Now take a step back from this picture of grandeur to focus on the littlest bird residents flitting...

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Why recycling is important, how we’re making it better and what you can do

Facility where residential material is sorted and baled into products that are marketed (Photo by Tammy Schwass of the Material Recovery Facility, Lethbridge)

Facility where residential material is sorted and baled into products that are marketed (Photo by Tammy Schwass of the Material Recovery Facility, Lethbridge)

The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) works to promote, facilitate and advocate for a circular economy in Alberta through waste reduction and resource conservation. This post addresses economic, environmental and systemic myths about recycling...

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How soundscapes can reflect healthy ecosystems

Common loon (Photo by Ano Lobb/Wikimedia Commons)

Common loon (Photo by Ano Lobb/Wikimedia Commons)

Almost everyone has been emotionally affected by the glorious vision of a landscape and its vivid colours at sunrise and sunset. We see nature in all its glory and take joy in the breathtaking panorama of oceans, forests, deserts and mountains. We...

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Call of the wolf

Algonquin canoe trip in 2007. (Photo by Dawn Senyi)

Algonquin canoe trip in 2007. (Photo by Dawn Senyi)

“Did you hear that?” I asked my mother. We were lying on our backs on the rocks that sloped down toward one of Algonquin Park’s hundreds of interior lakes. It was warm for late summer, and the Perseids were putting on quite the...

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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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The magic of nature

Denise Harris with her granddaughter (Photo by NCC)

Denise Harris with her granddaughter (Photo by NCC)

When I first started going to my neighbourhood park, I often saw disturbing human behaviour; some from children as young as three. In the "School of Life," where my field-testing on educating others about our waterfowl neighbours initially failed,...

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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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Camping in the tall grass prairie

Tall grass prairie, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)

Tall grass prairie, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)

This past summer, the tall grass prairie of Stuartburn, Manitoba, was filled with the sounds of footsteps and laughter. Stephanie Murray, a former communications and engagement intern with the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s)...

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Learning to listen: Bringing students closer to nature

A teacher conducts a lesson in the forest (Photo by the Nature Office for the International Day of Forest Kindergarten)

A teacher conducts a lesson in the forest (Photo by the Nature Office for the International Day of Forest Kindergarten)

Children and young students face a world that competes for and demands their attention every second of every day. Teachers face an even more daunting task, as they work to hold their students’ attention while educating and nourishing their...

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The language we all speak

Me as a child in China (Photo courtesy of Hai Lin Wang)

Me as a child in China (Photo courtesy of Hai Lin Wang)

One of the most common questions people ask me is why I chose to study conservation. For a long time, I couldn’t answer that question. Unlike most of my classmates and fellow interns at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I did not grow...

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