Dealing with the periwinkle problem

Hand pulling periwinkle (Photo by NCC)

Hand pulling periwinkle (Photo by NCC)

Jill and I did some follow up to some invasive species removal we did last year at Lathrop. Just a few fragments of the very invasive Periwinkle left! We picked them out by hand, leaving the native mayapple, trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit and...

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Take a second look: Look-alikes in nature offer surprises in the field

Red bartisia (Photo by Kristian Peters, Wikimedia Commons)

Red bartisia (Photo by Kristian Peters, Wikimedia Commons)

It was late on a hot August day. I and my field partner were hiking across the tall grass prairie on one of our newly secured properties when we found a withered little reddish-purple plant. At first glance we thought, “Dang, that looks like...

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Many hands make light work: National staff lend a hand in restoration work on the Rice Lake Plains

Micheline Beevis, Christine Beevis Trickett and David Beevis, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)

Christine Beevis Trickett with her parents at the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve for a day of weed-pulling and native grass planting (Photo by NCC)

On a warm autumn day in 1832, Catharine Parr Traill boarded a wagon “comfortably lined with buffalo robes,” and headed from Cobourg, Ontario into the rolling hills of the Rice Lake Plains. “We now ascended the plains — a...

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Tales from the pond - Part 2

Kristyn Ferguson, spring monitoring, ON (Photo by NCC)

The toque did not stay on long during our third monitoring visit! (Photo by NCC)

I waited over two weeks after that fateful visit to the Creemore pond on the first day of April, when what I had falsely hoped would be the first day of spring. I was sure that after I had had the opportunity to frequently don sandals and T-shirts...

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Jetbead: A new threat to conservation

Mhairi McFarlane with leucospora (Photo by NCC)

Mhairi McFarlane gets up close and personal with leucospora, a new invader on NCC's property (Photo by NCC)

Conservation is full of mysteries. Recently, my colleague Jill Crosthwaithe and I found ourselves having to turn to gardening literature in order to identify the many non-native, ornamental shrubs and other plants that we kept stumbling across in...

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Heterogeneity in grassland conservation? These university students say yes!

Buffalo Valley, SK (Photo by NCC)

Buffalo Valley, SK (Photo by NCC)

Should heterogeneity be a new buzz-word in grassland conservation? OK, maybe it’s not the easiest word to say or remember but according to ongoing research, the answer is a resounding, "Yes."During the winter of 2014, students in a landscape...

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Tales from the pond - Part 1

Kristyn Ferguson out for a snowy day of field work (Photo by NCC)

All in a day's work! Still smiling, even though the weather was somewhat colder than predicted! (Photo by NCC)

At a property owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in the Georgian Bay–Huronia subregion, a beautiful stream courses through a deciduous forest, providing excellent habitat for coldwater fish species including brown trout, and for...

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Impressions of a preserve

BC Garry Oak (Photo by Tim Ennis NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve personifies old. The gnarled Garry oak trees stand staunchly in a fading fall meadow, resolute in their sense of place. A 120-year-old farmhouse sits among the oaks like...

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A nature treasure hunt: Keeping an eye out on the Asquith North properties

Jody Bush at Asquith North, SK (Photo by NCC)

Jody Bush at Asquith North, SK (Photo by NCC)

About a year ago I came across a Facebook post about volunteering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as a property steward. My partner, John, and I are always looking for excuses to get out of the city and explore nature so this program...

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Spring cleaning: Conservation Volunteers give piping plovers a helping hand in Nova Scotia

Piping plover (Photo by Andrea Drake)

Piping plover spotted during the beach cleanup (Photo by Andrea Drake)

One of the most endangered species in Canada received a helping hand through the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Conservation Volunteers program this past weekend.The piping plover is a shorebird that relies on sand and pebble beaches...

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