Something's Fishy: Ghosts of fishes past

A 60-day-old American paddlefish <i>(Polyodon spathula)</i> fry (Photo from Wiki Commons)

A 60-day-old American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) fry (Photo from Wiki Commons)

They’re there, lurking the depths of Canadian lakes and rivers, unseen by humans or other fishes. Ghosts of fishes extirpated or extinct from waters across Canada haunt other species and scientists alike. Their absence leaves an impression...

Continue Reading »

Something pumpkiny this way comes

Pumpkins (Photo by Nino Barbieri, Wikimedia Commons)

Pumpkins (Photo by Nino Barbieri, Wikimedia Commons)

It’s that time of year when we experience fall everywhere we go: brisk air, turned leaves, harvest displays, the donning of warmer apparel and more. This festive atmosphere becomes even more pronounced with the coming of Thanksgiving, and no...

Continue Reading »

Tweeting on the Toronto Blue Jays (and their bird counterpart)

Blue jay <i>(Cyanocitta cristata)</i> (Photo by NCC)

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) (Photo by NCC)

Let's go Blue Jays, let's go! To help you cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays, here are some handy tweetable facts about the bird from which they get their name. Just like the base-stealing...

Continue Reading »

Something’s Fishy: Swimming with the sculpin

Deepwater sculpin (Photo by Doug Watkinson/Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Deepwater sculpin (Photo by Doug Watkinson/Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

The first time I saw a sculpin splashing around was in a large bucket, among several other fish species, captured for a population survey of small creek on a piece of residential land. I was working with the Central Lake of Ontario Conservation...

Continue Reading »

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...

Continue Reading »

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...

Continue Reading »

#HowToNature series: How to butterfly

Cranberry blue. (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC intern)

Cranberry blue. (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC intern)

Though August may be drawing to a close, butterfly season is not over yet. Many of Canada’s 200 plus species of butterflies remain active well into the fall. Below are some tips to take with you into the field next time you go out searching...

Continue Reading »

Par les jeunes d’aujourd’hui, pour ceux de demain

Signature de l'entente de partenariat avec Conservation de la nature Canada. (Photo de CNC)

Signature de l'entente de partenariat avec Conservation de la nature Canada. (Photo de CNC)

Socrate a dit un jour : « Rien n’est trop difficile pour la jeunesse. » Malgré le fait que cette citation a plus de 3000 ans, celle-ci exprime encore très bien notre réalité. Chez moi, dans la...

Continue Reading »

Blackie School Green Day

Students making ferruginous hawk nesting platforms. (Photo by Sandi Riemersma)

Students making ferruginous hawk nesting platforms. (Photo by Sandi Riemersma)

The first of June was an exciting day in the small community of Blackie, Alberta. “Why is that,” you ask? It was the first ever Blackie School Green Day! Close to 20 partners came together to offer their knowledge and resources to more...

Continue Reading »

Birds of Old Man on His Back

Barn swallow nesting at OMB interpretive centre (Photo by Dr. Steve Zack)

Barn swallow nesting at OMB interpretive centre (Photo by Dr. Steve Zack)

I moved to southwestern Saskatchewan in 1969 when I married a farmer/rancher whose land adjoins the Old Man on His Back Prairie Heritage and Conservation Area (OMB) on the south side. As a newcomer to the prairie, I had lots of fun learning about...

Continue Reading »

Items 101 - 110 of 137  Previous11121314Next