What I discovered spending the day in an outside classroom

Smiling faces of the outdoor education students from Greenall High School in Balgonie, SK. (Photo by NCC)

Growing up in a rural town, I would love to say we all got out to see nature on a regular basis. However, with the draw of technology and the lure of multimedia, not many of us go out as much as we should. And these days, finding a habitat...

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Celebrating Canadian species: Grizzly bear

Grizzly bear (Photo by Peter Sulzle)

Grizzly bear (Photo by Peter Sulzle)

When I put my boots on in the morning, I never really expect or seek to see a grizzly bear. Despite the fact that my Rocky Mountains backyard is home to many brown bears, any encounter always feels like a surprise. Meeting a bear in the wild...

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Restoring the dunes of James Island, BC

Volunteers at the Broom Bash event on James Island, BC (Photo by Ann MacDonald)

“Covenant,” from the French word "covenir," means to come together. And this fall, 11 of us did just that as Conservation Volunteers with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). We spent a sunbaked autumn day yanking gorse and Scotch...

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

Chipmunk (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

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 that...

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

Yeti crab (Photo by Andrew Thurber/Wikimedia Commons)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. This week, in honour of Halloween, here are some of the spookiest conservation and nature...

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The science behind fall colours

Kettle Island, Quebec (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

In the fall, Canadians pile in their cars and get out into nature to “leaf peep.” Canadian forests are a symphony of colour for a short few weeks in autumn - and as with everything that happens in nature, there’s fascinating...

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A walk in the woods: Land of giants among dinosaurs

Walking through a BC forest dripping with witch's hair lichen (Photo by NCC)

I have been fortunate enough to live in some of the most beautiful parts of British Columbia, from the Rockies to the west coast. My life began in the Kootenays in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, among slopes blanketed in montane and Columbia...

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Why Canada’s prairies are the world’s most endangered ecosystem

Old Man on His Back rolling prairie, Saskatchewan (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

Old Man on His Back rolling prairie, Saskatchewan (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

Ask any Canadian kid to name the world’s most endangered ecosystem, and chances are you’ll hear one of the following answers: 1) rainforests; 2) coral reefs; 3) leave me alone. Ignoring the last answer, there’s a good reason why...

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

Western sandpiper (Photo by Stuart Clarke)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories from around the globe that caught...

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Vernal pools (Part Two)

Vernal Pool (Photo by Bernt Solymar)

Vernal Pool (Photo by Bernt Solymar)

In Part One of this blog I provided a 101 on vernal pools; why this seasonal ecosystem created from rainfall that accumulates in land depressions is so important to wildlife, in particular amphibians. Here I will go into detail about the...

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