Something’s Fishy: Swimming with the sculpin

Deepwater Sculpin (Myoxocephalus thompsonii) (Photo by Doug Watkinson/Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Deepwater sculpin (Myoxocephalus thompsonii) (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...

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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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#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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Scientists of the (near) future!

Judging at the Canadian-wide Science Fair (Photo by Laurel Bernard/NCC staff)

Judging at the Canadian-wide Science Fair (Photo by Laurel Bernard/NCC staff)

I was recently privileged to be a judge at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) was considerate enough to sponsor me to attend (i.e. take a day off work) so I could help judge some of the 400 projects presented by...

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13 tweetable facts about pollinators

Bee on flower (Photo by NCC)

Bee on flower (Photo by NCC)

Nature has always been a fascination of mine, sparking numerous moments of wonders and awe. Like the time when I first learned about how bee orchids are designed to entice certain pollinators leading to pseudocopulation - that blew my mind! As the...

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Vote for your favourite animal this World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day (Logo by CITES Secretariat)

World Wildlife Day (Logo by CITES Secretariat)

There's something coming other than bleak winter weather and hordes of snow. On March 3, global citizens are set to celebrate World Wildlife Day. This is an invitation to get involved with the celebration of wildlife, their intrinsic values and...

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