Looking back at my time with NCC

Interns help out on the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

Interns help out on the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

I started working for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as a stewardship intern in 2008. After a great summer exploring NCC conservation areas across BC, I returned to the University of Victoria to continue my geography degree. The next...

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Nice habitats, but not for humans

A brightly-coloured mushroom in an alder thicket in the Chignecto Isthmus, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

A brightly-coloured mushroom in an alder thicket in the Chignecto Isthmus, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

As a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) intern, I spent many days this past summer strolling along beaches that rival the Caribbean for their beauty. Not all days could be like that, of course, so some days I hiked (or rather, scrambled) through...

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Highlights of my NCC Conservation Internship

One of the most beautiful places we visited was Shamper’s Bluff, on the Kingston Peninsula of New Brunswick. (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

One of the most beautiful places we visited was Shamper’s Bluff, on the Kingston Peninsula of New Brunswick. (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

I came into this internship full of excitement for the places I would see and the things I would do. After two years of studying to be a fish and wildlife technician in Central Ontario, I was beyond happy to be working in the Maritimes again. I...

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Searching for skipperlings

Poweshiek skipperling in Petri dish. (Photo by Monica Reed)

Poweshiek skipperling in Petri dish. (Photo by Monica Reed)

It started with a lesson on the swoop and the drop net – methods that I would soon use while searching for the elusive Poweshiek skipperling butterfly. If captured, a careful transfer from net to a Petri dish allows for the butterfly to be...

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A summer of unforgettable experiences...And a great time!

Maggie Cascadden (Photo by NCC)

Maggie Cascadden (Photo by NCC)

Last May, I moved across the country to start an internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). In April, I had graduated with a bachelor of arts and sciences in sustainability, science and society from McGill University. Since I was...

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Three important environmental skills you can only gain through hands-on work

Danielle Horne (NCC), Jamie Fraser (NCC) and John Caraberis on the brick beach, NS (Photo by NCC)

Danielle Horne (NCC), Jamie Fraser (NCC) and John Caraberis on the brick beach, NS (Photo by NCC)

I have always wanted a job that allows me to work outside. Last summer, I was one of the lucky few students to have an internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). In an average work week, I spent two to three days working in the...

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How a summer working with a conservation organization helped me as a future journalist

Carys Richards at Waterton Lakes National Park, AB (Photo by NCC)

Carys Richards at Waterton Lakes National Park, AB (Photo by NCC)

My experience at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) last summer differed from most of our interns because I was rarely in the field. While most of NCC’s staff members are directly involved with NCC's on-the-ground conservation efforts,...

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Transferable confidence

Thomas Unrau at work (Photo by NCC)

Thomas Unrau at work (Photo by NCC)

In ecology we talk about how ecosystems with high biodiversity have a greater resilience compared to those that are more homogenous. I think that the same goes for a young professional starting his or her new career in conservation or the...

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Exploring the Maritimes with NCC

Siobhan Darlington at New Horton, NB (Photo by NCC)

Siobhan Darlington at New Horton, NB (Photo by NCC)

As a Haligonian (a person from Halifax, Nova Scotia), I’ve had little experience with the province of New Brunswick. I’ve driven through with my family, and I’ve camped at Kouchibouguac National Park with friends, but...

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How to be Batman, or the Flash, or even Aquaman if you want

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

This past Saturday, the Alberta Conservation Volunteers team hosted our last event of the year: a winter willow harvest in the Red Deer River area. While I was there, working alongside volunteers, it struck me how lucky I am to be part of this...

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