My favourite day in the field

Winter field trip, Elk Glen, MB (Photo by NCC)

Winter field trip, Elk Glen, MB (Photo by NCC)

As a biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Manitoba my field work is typically over once there is snow on the ground and ice on the ponds. Most of the time things need to be green or moving to do my work. However my last day in...

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Three important environmental skills you can only gain through hands-on work

Danielle Horne (NCC), Jamie Fraser (NCC) and John Caraberis on the brick beach, NS (Photo by NCC)

Danielle Horne (NCC), Jamie Fraser (NCC) and John Caraberis on the brick beach, NS (Photo by NCC)

I have always wanted a job that allows me to work outside. Last summer, I was one of the lucky few students to have an internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). In an average work week, I spent two to three days working in the...

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Lake Erie: Recovery, or requiem?

Shore of the Middle Point Woods property, Pelee Island, Ontario (Photo by Sam Brinker, OMNR)

Shore of the Middle Point Woods property, Pelee Island, Ontario (Photo by Sam Brinker, OMNR)

Someone recently asked me how I would invest a million dollars to help conserve Lake Erie. My first thoughts were that I would use that money to protect wetlands and other habitats on the coast, or maybe to help farmers create wider buffer strips...

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High-tech conservation

Katy Fulton uses an iPad regularly in her stewardship and monitoring work (Photo by Ben Fox)

Katy Fulton uses an iPad regularly in her stewardship and monitoring work (Photo by Ben Fox)

Many people now use their iPad to communicate, be entertained, informed and conduct business in a highly mobile fashion. The development of software apps to support these activities has been prolific. This has included the development of several...

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The elephant in the woods

Backus Woods, Ontario (Photo by NCC)

Backus Woods, Ontario (Photo by NCC)

Settled Southern Ontario still has magical places where you can experience the grandeur of wild nature. Backus Woods, just north of Lake Erie’s Long Point, is such a place. This is where forest cycles play out largely as nature intended....

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I saw tree chips: A carol for the Rice Lake Plains

NCC national staff tackling Scots pine on a nature reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)

NCC National staff travelled from Toronto to experience some hands-on Scotch pine management (Photo by NCC)

A holiday-themed song for you, inspired by Nature Conservancy of Canada staff Val Deziel and Thom Unrau and their ongoing work removing non-native Scots pine trees from the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve in the Rice Lake Plains of Northumberland...

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Hammering home the message of community leadership

NBCC Moncton Carpentry student working on a public viewing platform at Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by NCC)

NBCC Moncton Carpentry student working on a public viewing platform at Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by NCC)

Every summer, massive flocks of shorebirds journey through the Bay of Fundy from the Canadian Arctic before heading to South America. Among the feathered visitors, approximately 80 per cent of the world's population of semipalmated sandpipers stop...

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Kitchen table conservation: The importance of collaboration with landowners

Qu'Appelle River Valley, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Qu'Appelle River Valley, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

It is surprising to some just how much conservation entails talking to people. It’s still important to identify species, assess the health of the landscapes we are managing, manage invasive species and all of the other tasks people expect,...

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Mopping up Mortlach with MEC

Volunteers Jeffrey Price and Dylan Gross roll wire and clear the fence line at NCC's Mortlach Conservation Volunteer event, Fall 2014. (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers Jeffrey Price and Dylan Gross (L-R) roll wire and clear the fence line at NCC's Mortlach Conservation Volunteer event in September 2014. (Photo by NCC)

The purchase of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property near Mortlach, Saskatchewan was partly funded by a donation from the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). As a member of MEC since the mid-1970s, I wanted to help "mop up" the Mortlach...

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Thinking about water

Bow Lake, AB (Photo by Sarah Boon)

Bow Lake, AB (Photo by Sarah Boon)

Here in Canada, it’s a luxury to not think about water. Most of us watch it come out of the tap and go down the drain without considering its source or destination. But many people in the world don’t have taps or drains. In fact over...

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