The woodpecker bubble

Red-headed woodpecker (Photo by David Fast)

Red-headed woodpecker (Photo by David Fast)

Protected forests are the kingdom of the cavity-dwellers. This is where woodlands grow to an old-growth state, and where dead, damaged or otherwise wonderfully flawed trees take their rightful place in woodland ecology. As a result, nature...

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The elephant in the woods

Backus Woods, Ontario (Photo by NCC)

Backus Woods, Ontario (Photo by NCC)

Settled Southern Ontario still has magical places where you can experience the grandeur of wild nature. Backus Woods, just north of Lake Erie’s Long Point, is such a place. This is where forest cycles play out largely as nature intended....

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The eastern subterranean termite: An introduced species in Ontario

Eastern subterranean termite (Photo by United States Department of Agriculture, Wikimedia Commons)

Eastern subterranean termite (Photo by United States Department of Agriculture, Wikimedia Commons)

Most of us in Ontario, I think it is safe to say, don't give a moments thought to termites, or realize that they are found in this region. In fact you are unlikely to ever meet the acquaintance of one, unless your house unfortunately becomes...

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

Japanese honeysuckle (Photo by Delaware Wildflowers)

Japanese honeysuckle (Photo by Delaware Wildflowers)

Recently, I discovered my family obtained Japanese honeysuckle from a friend and allowed them to proliferate into a big patch in our backyard. The flowers are fragrant and a pleasant sight, as well a common herb used in traditional Chinese...

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Pack your bags, zebra mussels!

Zebra mussels (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Zebra mussels (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Back in the fall of 2013, zebra mussels were found in Lake Winnipeg — much to everyone’s alarm. The news broke and it seemed almost instantly that organizations like Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship leapt into action to come...

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Not wanted on the island: Combatting common reed on Pelee

Invasive non-native phragmites on Pelee Island (Photo by NCC)

Our beach was quite literally full of something that should not be there and had no wildlife value. Although this photo was taken when the lake levels were quite high, herbicide was not used on the site until the lake levels were much lower, ensuring that the water was not contaminated. (Photo by NCC)

No visit to beautiful Pelee Island is complete without a visit to the beach. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has protected more than one kilometre of globally significant shoreline habitat on the island. This habitat supports turtles,...

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A dandy way to bite back for conservation!

Maggie Cascadden making invasive species appetizers (Photo by Katie Cascadden)

Maggie Cascadden shows us how to make invasive species appetizing (Photo by Katie Cascadden)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada spends hours pulling weeds across the country each year. This past Saturday, Alberta Region Conservation Volunteers were given the opportunity to bite back! Since 2006, Conservation Volunteers have gone to the...

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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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Fighting the good fight: getting rid of garlic mustard

NCC staff tackle invasive garlic mustard (photo by NCC)

NCC staff tackle invasive garlic mustard (photo by NCC)

Spring on Pelee Island for Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff Mhairi McFarlane and Jill Crosthwaite is a bittersweet time, because although the wildflowers are emerging and birds are returning, so too is a nasty invasive plant: garlic...

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