Restoring an endangered tree species in the mountains of British Columbia

Whitebark pine needles and cones (Photo by Richard Sniezko)

Whitebark pine trees have needles in bunches of five (Photo by Richard Sniezko)

In British Columbia, the majority of species at risk are found in low elevation areas where most private property is held. Most conservation properties held by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are also found in these low elevation zones to...

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Pushing up green: A photographic study

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Silver maple seedlings emerge from a swamp in Grey County, Ontario. This species is a common component of treed swamps in the deciduous forest of eastern Canada but very rare beyond New Brunswick. Flowers in the spring mature into seeds quickly...

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Winter without central heat: How wildlife on the prairies survives

Three-flowered avens (Photo © Manitoba Museum)

Perennial plants like three-flowered avens store food in their thick taproots over the winter. (Photo © Manitoba Museum)

During frigid winter days I find myself marvelling at how wild plants and animals manage to survive the cold temperatures. As my current area of study involves flowering plants and their insect pollinators, these are the organisms that I will...

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Making peace with the Scotch pine (I mean, Scots pine)

Young volunteers tackling Scotch pine on an NCC reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)

Young volunteers tackling Scotch pine on an NCC reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)

When it comes to Christmas trees, I am a balsam fir man through-and-through. I like the form, the smell and the smooth, soft needles. I also admit that I am not crazy about Scotch pine, a main alternative here in Ontario. You could say we have...

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Life on the tundra

Arctic poppy in the snow (Photo by Teva Harrison)

Arctic poppy in the snow (Photo by Teva Harrison)

Icebergs. Polar bears. Frozen expanses of windy rock & snow. Scurvy-riddled explorers. Dogsleds... What do you picture when you think of the Arctic? This summer, I had the opportunity to travel north by ship into the Northwest Passage with...

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At home on the tundra: Why I fell in love with the Arctic landscape

Dundas Harbour (Photo by Carolyn Mallory)

Dundas Harbour (Photo by Carolyn Mallory)

If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Arctic tundra, perhaps your first moments will compare to mine. When I stepped off the plane in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 1999, I knew immediately that I would call this place home. The landscape...

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