The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Prairie rose (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Prairie rose (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories from...

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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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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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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 volunteers 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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The forgotten art of gathering wild food

Oyster mushroom (Photo by Jim Tunney, Mushroom Observer, Wikimedia Commons)

Oyster mushroom (Photo by Jim Tunney, Mushroom Observer, Wikimedia Commons)

As I delve deeper into my own journey as an organic gardener, I come across many interconnected subjects that pique my interest. The art of foraging is just one of them. Historically our ancestors gathered food locally for both edible and...

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Urban composting: Nutrient-rich soil for your garden helps wildlife too

Compost (Photo by Kessner Photography, Wikimedia Commons)

Compost (Photo by Kessner Photography, Wikimedia Commons)

Supporters of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are always working towards healthier land and increased biodiversity. And much like me, many people want to know how their daily lives can be friendlier to their environments. Perhaps one of the...

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Nature's bright ideas

Crocuses in spring (Photo by CBT/NCC staff)

Crocuses in spring (Photo by CBT/NCC staff)

Fall may be a time of endings — the end of summer, the end of the field season, the end of the veggie patch for another year. But as leaves begin to fall and nature turns dormant, it's also a time of planning for new beginnings — and...

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Urban gardens and conservation

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Usually when you hear about land conservation, it usually refers to the conservation of places that are still “wild” — meaning they haven’t undergone any large-scale urbanization. However, we often forget about urban...

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Bring bees back to your garden

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

A few weeks ago, my mother texted me a photo of a shallow bowl with some rocks that she had set up beside her flowerbed. I didn’t have a clue what it was, and I told her as much. “It’s for my bumblebee,” she replied....

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Gardeners & lawn owners beware: Invasive species may be in your care! (Part Two)

Do you know which species are invasive in your yard? (Photo by Dru Bloomfield)

Do you know which species are invasive in your yard? (Photo by Dru Bloomfield)

Whether you are living in an urban centre, suburban subdivision or rural regions, manicured gardens provide a stark contrast to vegetation growing freely in forests, wetlands and roadsides. Many of us have been brought up to appreciate...

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