Yes, B’y! Adventures in the Grassy Place.

Mountaintop lake, Grassy Place, NL (Photo by NCC)

Mountaintop lake, Grassy Place, NL (Photo by NCC)

As conservation planner for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Nova Scotia and Newfoundland programs, I am fortunate to have visited some truly astonishing places in the Atlantic Region. The latest mission was to reach a 3,880-acre...

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Answering the "where": The use of GIS in conservation planning

GPS device (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Harry Wood)

GPS device (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Harry Wood)

Have you ever been walking through the forest and wondered, "Where am I?" When I started working at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as a conservation intern we would ask ourselves that question daily. Not because we were lost, but because...

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Dotmocracy: How to get lots of good ideas boiled down to a few great ones!

White polka dots on red background (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Facilitating workshops can be a little intimidating. They can often generate a lot of good ideas, but it is difficult to boil down the list to a few great ones that will lead into projects that will produce the desired outcomes. A colleague of...

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Tomorrow never knows: The importance of conserving the present to prepare for the unknown future

The modified De Lorean of the BttF movie (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Cowboy Wisdom)

Doc's De Lorean: the flying car of the future (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Cowboy Wisdom)

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow… I love to watch reruns of the Back to the Future films every so often. Not just because I am a big fan of Michael J. Fox. But also because the future as envisaged in 1989’s BttF Part II, which...

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Nature, the original dynamo: Understanding the relevance of resilient dynamism in conservation

River walking in the winter (Photo by Al Thompson)

River walking in the winter (Photo by Al Thompson)

“Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.” ~ Aldo Leopold (1949)As heads of state, intellectuals and journalists once again gather for the 2014 World...

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Labrador...one of nature's final frontiers

Lindsay Notzl cross-country skiing in Labrador (Photo by Jon Feldgajer)

Lindsay Notzl cross-country skiing in Labrador (Photo by Jon Feldgajer)

If you are a wilderness lover, or an adventurer of any kind, Labrador should be on your list of "must sees." Labrador (or "The Big Land" as it is sometimes called) stretches across vast expanses of tundra, taiga and boreal forest. Anglers from...

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Siri, where's the nearest conservation area? Celebrate GIS Day with NCC

Gary White and Laura Robson in the field, ON (Photo by NCC)

Gary White and Laura Robson in the field (Photo by NCC)

Have you ever used Google Maps or Siri to find directions to the closest coffee shop? Congratulations! You just conducted a GIS analysis and are encouraged to celebrate GIS Day on November 20. GIS Day started in 1999 and is held on the third...

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Googling the Earth like a pro: How NCC uses Google Earth mapping software for conservation planning

Environmentally Significant Areas near Banff and Canmore, AB (Map by NCC)

Environmentally Significant Areas near Banff and Canmore, AB (Map by NCC)

Web browsers who visit the Google Earth homepage are greeted with the friendly message "Hello, let's go explore." But the web-based satellite mapping system is more than simply a fun way to explore our planet in three dimensions. It's also an...

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