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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Barnacle Bill: The loggerhead turtle of Belize

Left to right: Will Cascadden, the divemaster and Katie Cascadden (Photo courtesy of Katie Cascadden)

Left to right: Will Cascadden, the divemaster and Katie Cascadden (Photo courtesy of Katie Cascadden)

Last May my dad and I took a trip down to the beautiful country of Belize for a diving trip. Once at the docks off of Belize City, we had a two-hour boat ride we arrived at the Blackbird Caye of the Turneffe Atoll. Two days later on our second...

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My Singapore turtle encounter

Red-eared slider (Photo by Maggie Cascadden/NCC staff)

Red-eared slider (Photo by Maggie Cascadden/NCC staff)

Conservation is different in every country. In Canada, for example, we have land protected at the national, provincial and municipal level, as well as privately through organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada. But what do you do if...

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The ultimate Canadian road trip, by canoe

In the spring of 2015, Canadian Voyageurs will cross the country by canoe (Photo by Canadian Voyageurs)

In the spring of 2015, Canadian Voyageurs will cross the country by canoe (Photo by Canadian Voyageurs)

In the spring of 2015, Gerry, my husband and I will cross Canada by canoe as the Canadian Voyageurs. When people ask us why we are doing it, my first response is always: Because we can! Because life is about adventure! The reasons, though, are...

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Camping and birdwatching in Labrador

Battle Harbour, Labrador (Photo by Diane Griffin)

Battle Harbour, Labrador (Photo by Diane Griffin)

Rosemary Curley and I went to Labrador as her celebratory retirement trip this summer as she had just finished her last day as a biologist with the PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division. We planned to camp, hike, birdwatch, fish, collect...

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Hiking: No place is too far if you have time

Hiking in Hong Kong (Photo by Wendy Ho)

Hiking in Hong Kong (Photo by Wendy Ho)

It was a hot, humid summer day without a breath of wind in the mountain pass. Up and up I hiked, head down and sweaty, wishing to feel a whisper of a summer breeze. Occasionally I glanced up to check that I wasn’t trailing too far behind my...

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The perfection of the morning at Old Man on His Back

Kailey Setter visits Old Man on his Back, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Kailey Setter visits Old Man on his Back, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

There is a peace that finds you on the open prairie. In that vast openness, worry and stress diffuse into the air around you, and your body regains equilibrium. On this unexpectedly wild landscape filled with native grasses and endless sky, there...

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Discovering new ways to explore New Brunswick

ExploreEcoNB screenshot (Photo by NCC)

ExploreEcoNB screenshot (Photo by NCC)

As technology evolves, people today are expecting a lot more out of their mobile phones. The use of mobile applications is increasing across phone users and everybody is trying to find a way to take advantage of it. Mobile applications help you...

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Life is a highway

Anna Heslop (Photo courtesy Anna Heslop)

Anna Heslop (Photo courtesy Anna Heslop)

I learned about Anna Heslop though an email from a colleague that contained a link to her blog and a subject line that implied a potential story. The description in the message was brief — she was biking across Canada and fundraising for NCC...

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#1000 Urban Miles: An Invitation to walk in the Praeger spirit

Killarney (Photo by Emily Walsh)

This was hiking in the Praeger spirit — he perhaps had been more prolific on the topic of walking in the rain than any other writer. (Photo by Emily Walsh)

It’s possible that you don’t know what walking is, what walking can accomplish, until you have walked a distance across a mountainy bog in Ireland. In the rain. Earlier this summer, accompanied by a colleague and by 14 of our students...

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