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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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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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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Family Day Crossword

Play the conservation crossword puzzle!

Play the conservation crossword puzzle!

How would you describe your family in one word? Loyal, tight-knit or perhaps a little eccentric? For us humans, the family unit is often our primary social group, and kinship has been central to societal development. But in the fascinating world...

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12 tweetable facts for World Wetlands Day 2015

Musquash River, New Brunswick (Photo by Ron Garnett Airscapes)

Musquash River, New Brunswick (Photo by Ron Garnett Airscapes)

The second of February each year marks World Wetlands Day, where everyone is encouraged to raise awareness and learn about the importance and value of wetlands! Be a wetland whiz this year with these 12 tweetable fun facts! A wetland, like...

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Makes me wonder: Nature firsts

Students from John Norquay Public School, Nature Days Vancouver (Photo by HSBC Bank Canada)

Students from John Norquay Public School, Nature Days Vancouver (Photo by HSBC Bank Canada)

When it comes to the natural world, there is something remarkable about first times. On the doorstep of discovery is a story taking form, one that eventually settles into memory and becomes part of who we are and how we come to know the places...

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In praise of goldenrod (and exposing the real culprit of your hay fever)

Goldenrod (Photo by Liz West, Wikimedia Commons)

Goldenrod (Photo by Liz West, Wikimedia Commons)

I worry a lot about how we don’t understand nature anymore. Now I’m not talking about the value of nature or the importance of conservation. That worries me too, but what I’m talking about is the basic understanding of the plants...

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