Connecting to nature and my ancestry from the stern of a canoe

Me at the mouth of the Voyageurs and Old Voyageurs channels (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

Me at the mouth of the Voyageurs and Old Voyageurs channels (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

This story is about my experiences on and personal connections to what is now known as the French River, in Ontario. Long before European settlers came, this area was occupied by Indigenous Peoples. The original caretakers of the land, this is the...

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Conservation beyond the cubicle

Conservation Volunteers at the Last Stand at Blind Canyon event. (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers at the Last Stand at Blind Canyon event. (Photo by NCC)

Despite working for a conservation organization, I spend my workdays in an office, surrounded by cubicle walls, eyes glued to my computer screen and my fingers happily tapping away at my keyboard. So when an opportunity to join one of the Nature...

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Travels with Cary

Cary Hamel (Photo by NCC)

Cary Hamel (Photo by NCC)

I really don’t remember many of the specifics from reading John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley. I’m pretty sure Charley was John’s large, curly-haired poodle, which I guess is somewhat similar to my Manitoba counterpart,...

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A trip back in time: Exploring the history of Backus Woods

Backus Woods, Ontario (Photo by Mary Gartshore)

Backus Woods, Ontario (Photo by Mary Gartshore)

A hike into Backus Woods is like taking a step back nearly 200 years in time. Located in southwestern Ontario, this natural wonder is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Canada. It also contains many cultural remnants. A visit to Backus...

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The blitz of the burdock brigade

Conservation Volunteers with bags of invasive common burdock. (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers with bags of invasive common burdock. (Photo by NCC)

Thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I can now cross off my bucket list my long-nurtured desire to hack away at invasive burdock plants with a machete. In truth, I’d never entertained the idea before signing up as a Conservation...

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada Conservation Internship: Not your average summer

Open woodland located on the Barachois Brook property (Photo by NCC)

Open woodland located on the Barachois Brook property (Photo by NCC)

When I started my internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in May 2018, I knew that one of my responsibilities would be to complete a baseline inventory of the newly established...

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Sidney's paradise on the edge of the Moose Woods

Lucy Weston and her family (Photo courtesy of Lucy Weston)

Lucy Weston and her family (Photo courtesy of Lucy Weston)

To tell our story, you have to go back to November 1999 when I met Scott Lawrence, my life partner, on an idyllic beach on the Baja Peninsula, Mexico. I was hitchhiking with a girlfriend, bound for Costa Rica. Scott had motorcycled from Canada and...

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Nine out of 10 Canadians are happier in nature

Backus Woods, ON (Photo by Neil Ever Osbourne)

Backus Woods, ON (Photo by Neil Ever Osbourne)

Canadians are spending less time outdoors, despite evidence that reveals we’re happier when we spend time in nature.The Nature and Me survey, released by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs,...

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Taking the creep out of creeping Jenny

Conservation Volunteers at Westmeath Freshwater Cave tackling creeping Jenny (Photo by Cheryl Spotswood)

Conservation Volunteers at Westmeath Freshwater Cave tackling creeping Jenny (Photo by Cheryl Spotswood)

On July 26, 2018, 14 Conservation Volunteers (CV) journeyed to the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Westmeath Freshwater Caves property, which is part of the longest underwater cave system in Canada, to remove creeping Jenny. The Westmeath...

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Adventures along the Humber River

The Humber River at sunset (Photo by Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

The Humber River at sunset (Photo by Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

Whenever I stay with my dad and step-mom in Toronto during the spring and summer, I often cycle and walk on the Humber River Recreational Trail near their house. As its name implies, the path goes along the Humber River, a Canadian Heritage River....

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