What is GIS anyway?

Sometimes Alayna Chan comes into the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) office on a Thursday and sits down at her desk to work on data entry. (Photo by NCC)

Sometimes Alayna Chan comes into the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) office on a Thursday and sits down at her desk to work on data entry. (Photo by NCC)

Sometimes Alayna Chan comes into the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) office on a Thursday and sits down at her desk to work on data entry. Sometimes she comes in on a Thursday and takes a truck out to do some bird banding in...

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Reforestation breathes fresh air into efforts against climate change

Forests are a vital part of our fight against climate change. (Photo by NCC)

Forests are a vital part of our fight against climate change. (Photo by NCC)

When you think of Saskatchewan, your first thoughts probably go to flat cropland, rolling grasslands, sunsets and open horizons — and not forests. In reality, our prairie province is actually more than 50 per cent forested. In fact, boreal...

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Women in conservation: A promising future (Part two)

Kaitlin Baril, NCC Saskatchewan Region's 2019 natural area intern (Photo by NCC)

Kaitlin Baril, NCC Saskatchewan Region's 2019 natural area intern (Photo by NCC)

This is part two of “Women in conservation: A promising future.” Click here to read part one. In this blog post, I continue my conversation with six female Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Saskatchewan Region interns about their...

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July roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Sean Landsman and Sarah McConnachie on the beach (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Sean Landsman and Sarah McConnachie on the beach (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in July 2019. The science of summer Turns out that...

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Women in conservation: A promising future (Part one)

Elan Marsall, NCC Saskatchewan Region's 2019 conservation engagement intern (Photo by NCC)

Elan Marsall, NCC Saskatchewan Region's 2019 conservation engagement intern (Photo by NCC)

This year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Regina office has an all-female intern team. That’s six young women, myself included, pursuing conservation work. Over the past month, I talked to my peers about their work...

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Citizen science: Conserving nature and communities for mutual benefit

Twenty-four people came out to NCC's Dundurn property in Saskatchewan to learn about citizen science and land conservation. (Photo by NCC)

Twenty-four people came out to NCC's Dundurn property in Saskatchewan to learn about citizen science and land conservation. (Photo by NCC)

If you see a group of hikers with their eyes glued to their phones, do not despair. They are likely just using the citizen science app iNaturalist to identify species; you can literally smell the roses and then use an app to find out what kind of...

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Travel back to the Carboniferous

Shady horsetail (Photo by Elena Yalysheva CC BY-NC)

Shady horsetail (Photo by Elena Yalysheva CC BY-NC)

Alongside marshes and in forests and meadows lives a group of plants that are older than the dinosaurs. Called horsetails, these plants have had quite a trek through time. This group is also referred to as the Equisetum genus, a type of...

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June roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Orcas (Photo by Robert Pittman/Wikimedia Commons)

Orcas (Photo by Robert Pittman/Wikimedia Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in June 2019. Mush through the slush A dog-sled...

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In the absence of nature

Child playing in nature (Photo by Cathy Shaluk)

Child playing in nature (Photo by Cathy Shaluk)

I've become very familiar with the concept of cabin fever while at university. It is the week of final exams and I have studied for days, either at the library or at my dorm. Sitting among all the papers and study notes, I begin to feel antsy...

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Sleepflying is the new sleepwalking: Species and their sleeping patterns

Grizzly bear cub denning (Photo by Sarah Whynne CC BY-NC 2.0)

Grizzly bear cub denning (Photo by Sarah Whynne CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sleep. We all need it, and we all want more of it. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, sleep is an important part of human development and health. Sleep helps heal and repair your heart and blood vessels, and lack of sleep can...

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