This St. Patrick's Day, defy convention and celebrate snakes

Queen snake (Photo by Joe Crowley)

Queen snake (Photo by Joe Crowley)

For many of us, Saint Patrick is known as the protector of the rolling hills of Ireland. Every year people around the world join in celebrating his legendary story. The green beer, shamrocks and other verdant regalia common of the current St....

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Why did the turtle cross the road?

Minesing Wetlands (Photo by Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority)

Minesing Wetlands (Photo by Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority)

I didn’t expect one of the neatest experiences of my summer to happen while surveying the Minesing Wetlands for road mortality last June. In fact, I’d spent the day preparing myself mentally to have to make difficult observations of...

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NCC Creative Conservation Challenge: Mud Inspired 2015

My 2015 year in nature (Collage by Cameron Curran)

My 2015 year in nature (Collage by Cameron Curran)

There’s no question that I had a "wild" 2015. My experiences in nature encapsulated discovery, wilderness, adventure, learning and community building. Through these experiences, I learned an abundance of natural heritage and ecological...

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

Painted bunting (Photo by Doug Janson/Wikimedia Commons)

Painted bunting (Photo by Doug Janson/Wikimedia Commons)

Each week, countless great stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. This year, we're launching a new feature on Land Lines: the Friday Five, a weekly roundup of the top...

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Reptiles and amphibians of the Happy Valley Forest

Red eft (the immature form of the spotted newt) are the commonest reptile in the Happy Valley Forest and crowd the forest trails during egg-laying time. (Photo by Dr. Henry Barnett)

Red eft (the immature form of the spotted newt) are the commonest reptile in the Happy Valley Forest and crowd the forest trails during egg-laying time. (Photo by Dr. Henry Barnett)

The reptile species in the Happy Valley Forest number 19. The area provides one of the last redoubts for the threatened Jefferson’s salamander. Red efts are common, red-backed and spotted salamanders will be regularly seen in the but the...

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Surveying turtles at NCC's Silver River property

Conservation Volunteers installing fence posts at Turtle Beach (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers installing fence posts at Turtle Beach (Photo by NCC)

The second week of August has been all about turtles for our team here in Nova Scotia! We had the opportunity to meet with Brad Toms, a researcher from the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s...

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Give a hiss on World Snake Day

A prairie rattlesnake neonate - note the triangular shaped head and yellowish-green colouration.(Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

A prairie rattlesnake neonate - note the triangular shaped head and yellowish-green colouration.(Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

The sun is just beginning to crest the grassland coulee slopes of Lethbridge, Alberta, but I have already been hiking for an hour. I am on the search for one of Alberta’s most feared predators. Its perfected greenish-yellow camouflage and...

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From the archives: Stories to step up your snake savviness

Eastern hog-nosed snake (Photo by Ken Towle)

Eastern hog-nosed snake (Photo by Ken Towle)

Did you know that July 16 is World Snake Day? While snakes may not be your typical poster child of all things cute and cuddly, they are fascinating and admirable in their own way. Celebrate snakes with us by learning about these slithery...

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Close encounters with one of Canada’s more mysterious turtle species: The leatherback sea turtle

Jen McCarter and leatherback sea turtle statue (Photo by Gabhan Chalmers)

NCC Conservation Coordinator for the Ontario Region, Jennifer McCarter, poses with a statue after having just watched a real, critically endangered, pacific leatherback sea turtle nesting in Marino Las Baulas National Park, Costa Rica in 2012 (Photo by Gabhan Chalmers)

We rushed down the dark beach, illuminated only by the moonlight, and struggled to keep up in the deep sand. Aside from the gentle lapping of the ocean waves to our right, everything was quiet. Our group moved forward, silent with anticipation....

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Conservation Volunteers helping protect snapping turtle habitat in Nova Scotia

Snapping turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Snapping turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Imagine if you can a wide gravel beach overlooking a small, tranquil lake surrounded by rich forests. As the sun rises on the horizon, a turtle breaks the surface to survey the surrounding landscape. This snapping turtle has recently come out of...

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