Be the light you want to see in others: My internship with NCC

Michelle Dano (courtesy Michelle Dano)

Michelle Dano (courtesy Michelle Dano)

Volunteering is a unique, rewarding experience. Managing volunteers is perhaps even more rewarding. I started in my internship position as a Conservation Volunteers (CV) event leader without much knowledge of what goes into running a volunteer...

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NCC staff's fall fashion lineup

Our lovely CV staff model their fall fashion essentials (by NCC)

Our lovely CV staff model their fall fashion essentials (by NCC)

Although the summer months are over, our staff members are still hard at work. Conservation Volunteers events continue into the fall; in some provinces they go as late as November. And even though they’re out in the field, our Nature...

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I bought a pulaski

Pulaski (Photo by C0ntributor, Wikimedia Commons)

Pulaski (Photo by C0ntributor, Wikimedia Commons)

From the Latin names of plants to field equipment, the lingo in the conservation world can be complex. But the pulaski isn’t an endangered species or a scientific instrument. It’s not a normal part of the Nature Conservancy of...

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Sometimes, not knowing the answer makes life a little more interesting

Danielle Horne in the field (Photo by NCC)

Danielle Horne in the field (Photo by NCC)

I first heard of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) during my undergraduate degree, which I completed a few years ago. NCC’s focus on working with willing landowners and taking a non-advocacy stance was what initially drew me to the...

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Where the roads have no name: Road deactivation on the Darkwoods property

Culvert deactivation, Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Culvert deactivation, Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

“Ok pickup truck, you’re good to go,” the crew chief calls over the radio. We cautiously crawl across the active logging site en route to Darkwoods, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) vast conservation area in...

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Rediscovering Newfoundland

Brandon Ward posing for a picture while performing forest ecological classification (FEC) on the Grand Codroy Estuary (Photo by NCCl)

Brandon Ward posing for a picture while performing forest ecological classification (FEC) on the Grand Codroy Estuary (Photo by NCCl)

To say I was excited to land the position as a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conservation intern for the summer of 2014 would be an understatement. In fact, when I got the call offering me the job, I could hardly resist bursting into smiles...

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Pollinators (and people predators) galore

Bee on Hedysarum (Photo by Diana Bizecki Robson)

Bee on Hedysarum (Photo by Diana Bizecki Robson)

After the relative calm of my June field work on Nature Conservancy of Canada land near Riding Mountain National Park, I was kept very busy observing insects in July and August. In total I saw approximately 64 insect species making over 1,200...

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5 ways to incorporate nature into your hectic schedule (+1 bonus)

Outdoor yoga (Photo by Lululemon Athletica)

Outdoor yoga (Photo by Lululemon Athletica)

Now that summer vacation's over and we're into September, I’m beginning to look ahead to the school year. Classes, textbooks, and homework, oh my! With the dog days of summer flying by quicker than I can comprehend, it won’t be long...

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Hunting orchids in Minesing wetland

Eastern prairie white-fringed orchid (Photo by NCC)

Eastern prairie white-fringed orchid (Photo by NCC)

As an intern with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I often find myself walking a fine line between work and play. Even the toughest days are balanced by the realization that my workplace typically consists of wetlands, grasslands and...

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New Manitoba emblems reflect the province's natural heritage

Plains bison (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Plains bison (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

On June 10, 2014, three new emblems received Royal Assent to be amended to The Coat of Arms, Emblems and the Manitoba Tartan Act. Big bluestem was chosen as Manitoba’s Official Grass emblem, plains bison as Manitoba’s Official Mammal...

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