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 NCC)

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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Shrub planting party in the Qu’Appelle Valley

Shrub planting party at Echo Creek (Photo by Shirley Greg)

Shrub planting party at Echo Creek (Photo by Shirley Greg)

This June volunteers, including SaskEnergy and Farm Credit Canada employees, helped to stabilize Echo Creek. Echo Creek is placed within the Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed, which has been heavily altered. Due to these alterations, larger volumes...

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Encountering Waterton

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

During my travels, I’ve seen a variety of mountains: the ancient remains of volcanic peaks in Tasmania, the coastal slopes of the Sierra Nevada range in southern Spain, the aptly-named Remarkables of New Zealand. I know that not all...

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Life is a highway

Anna Heslop (Photo courtesy Anna Heslop)

Anna Heslop (Photo courtesy Anna Heslop)

I learned about Anna Heslop though an email from a colleague that contained a link to her blog and a subject line that implied a potential story. The description in the message was brief — she was biking across Canada and fundraising for NCC...

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Sarah and Scott TRI To Keep it WILD in Dartmouth

Scott McClennan, Sarah McClennan and Michael Ayerst pose together at the finish line (Photo courtesy of Sarah McClennan)

Scott McClennan, Sarah McClennan and Michael Ayerst pose together at the finish line (Photo courtesy of Sarah McClennan)

Sarah McClennan is a full-time emergency physician in Mississauga, ON and a mother to two boys, ages four and seven. On June 29, she completed the completed the Dartmouth Triathalon with her brother Scott. Their team was named TRI To Keep it WILD...

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Battling Buckthorn: NCC teams up with the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary for the fourth annual Buckthorn Beatdown

The Pugwash Estuary is a unique mixture of forest, marsh and sandy beaches (Photo by NCC)

The Pugwash Estuary is a unique mixture of forest, marsh and sandy beaches (Photo by NCC)

On June 8, staff from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Conservation Volunteers, the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary and the McMillan Forestry group braved hordes of mosquitoes to remove invasive glossy buckthorn at the Pugwash River Estuary...

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