Why bluebirds?

Mountain bluebird (Photo by Allison Haskell)

Mountain bluebird (Photo by Allison Haskell)

Why did I decide to write a blog about bluebirds? I am no bird specialist, that’s for sure, but I do think bluebirds are gorgeous. The first time I saw a bluebird was just 10 days after starting my internship with the Nature Conservancy of...

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How to turn Giving Tuesday into Giving Everyday: Ideas for year-round acts of kindness

Giving Tuesday logo

Giving Tuesday logo

With the passing of two big bargain bonanzas (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) comes Giving Tuesday — a day dedicated to giving back and doing good in our communities. I’m a big believer of year-round acts of kindness, which got me...

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How to be Batman, or the Flash, or even Aquaman if you want

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

This past Saturday, the Alberta Conservation Volunteers team hosted our last event of the year: a winter willow harvest in the Red Deer River area. While I was there, working alongside volunteers, it struck me how lucky I am to be part of this...

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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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Land lines on Old Man on his Back

Evening sky at Old Man on His Back Ranch, SK (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

Evening sky at Old Man on His Back Ranch, SK (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

I was walking with fellow volunteers and Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff members when someone — I can’t remember who — shouted, “car!” It was an inspired bit of irony, because while my mind was immediately...

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Sustainability is the new buzzword

Conservation Volunteers cleanup event at the Crowsnest Pass, AB (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers from the Crowsnest Pass, Calgary and southern Alberta joined forces to pull over 60 bags worth of weeds that day! (Photo by NCC)

Sustainability is the new buzzword. You see it everywhere: everything that aims to be green is "sustainable" or "sustainably produced" nowadays. But what does this word, sustainability, mean? According to www.dictionary.com, sustainability is...

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Why not count some butterflies?

Identifying species at a CV butterfly count in Waterton (Photo by NCC)

Identifying species at a CV butterfly count in Waterton (Photo by NCC)

This summer, my 12-year-old son Benny and I enjoyed helping out with two butterfly themed events for Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Alberta; one at the Ghost Horse Hills, and the other at the Weston Family and Bruder properties along the...

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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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Tatlayoko forever! The Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory opens for a ninth season

White-winged crossbills, Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory, British Columbia (Photo by Steve Ogle)

White-winged crossbills, Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory, British Columbia (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Although trained as a vegetation ecologist, I have been interested in birds and birdwatching for many years. To my delight, in 2006 I was asked to design a monitoring program for migratory birds at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's)...

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Encountering Waterton

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

During my travels, I’ve seen a variety of mountains: the ancient remains of volcanic peaks in Tasmania, the coastal slopes of the Sierra Nevada range in southern Spain, the aptly-named Remarkables of New Zealand. I know that not all...

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