Need to ID a plant in Nova Scotia? There's an app for that!

Bunchberry (Photo by NCC staff)

Bunchberry (Photo by NCC staff)

Those red teaberries look so yummy, but can I eat them? What can I collect to make tea? What goes well in a salad? These questions and more may be answered for you in a recently released app created by developer Gordon Isnor and me, curator of...

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Getting my hands dirty for conservation

Volunteers got their hands dirty for conservation (Photo by NCC)

I started volunteering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) about a year and a half ago, after becoming overwhelmingly “itchy” at my office job. I had been working in the environmental field for the past 20 years but was, for...

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What I discovered spending the day in an outside classroom

Smiling faces of the outdoor education students from Greenall High School in Balgonie, SK. (Photo by NCC)

Growing up in a rural town, I would love to say we all got out to see nature on a regular basis. However, with the draw of technology and the lure of multimedia, not many of us go out as much as we should. And these days, finding a habitat...

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Restoring the dunes of James Island, BC

Volunteers at the Broom Bash event on James Island, BC (Photo by Ann MacDonald)

“Covenant,” from the French word "covenir," means to come together. And this fall, 11 of us did just that as Conservation Volunteers with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). We spent a sunbaked autumn day yanking gorse and Scotch...

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A walk in the woods: A homegrown love for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region

Emma Young Forest by Bill Hubick

I grew up in Cantley, Quebec, in a charming house near a sugar maple forest with a lot of space to play and to explore nature. That area is situated in the southern region of Quebec and is part of the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence forest region....

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A walk in the woods: Columbia forest region

Measuring trees on the Midgeley Conservation Area (Photo by Steve Ogle)

To walk through the forests of the Columbia forest region is, to me, a huge privilege. This is for two reasons: one, the Columbia forest region is home to home a number of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) properties, including NCC’s...

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A walk in the woods: Enchantment in the subalpine

Enchantment Valley (Photo by NCC)

I grew up in southern Ontario, and have spent nearly all my life living in urban areas. Despite this, I found ample opportunity to spend time in the forest. Most years, I camped with friends or family at Algonquin in the Great Lakes-St Lawrence...

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Garlic: The forbidden fruit? (Part Two)

Garlic (Photo by cyclonebill/Wikimedia Commons)

Part One of this blog was an overview of garlic, and the native variety growing in the Eastern Townships and Outaouais regions in Quebec. In Part Two I present you with a little garlic 101! The minimum threshold for a wild garlic population to...

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Garlic: The forbidden fruit? (Part One)

Garlic (Photo by cyclonebill/Wikimedia Commons)

Picture this: the aroma of fresh garlic bread coming out of the oven to accompany your pasta dish. Garlic oil in salad dressing to top off your garden vegetables. A plant of many uses, of many medicinal properties and a kitchen staple, garlic is...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

White-tailed deer (Photo by Lorne)

White-tailed deer (Photo by Lorne)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories from around the globe that caught...

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