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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A dandy way to bite back for conservation!

Maggie Cascadden making invasive species appetizers (Photo by Katie Cascadden)

Maggie Cascadden shows us how to make invasive species appetizing (Photo by Katie Cascadden)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada spends hours pulling weeds across the country each year. This past Saturday, Alberta Region Conservation Volunteers were given the opportunity to bite back! Since 2006, Conservation Volunteers have gone to the...

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When the walls came down

Volunteers at the Bears in Mind event help bring down an old structure on NCC property (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers at the Bears in Mind event help bring down an old structure on NCC property (Photo by NCC)

As I journeyed south on Highway 2 to participate in the Bear(s) in Mind Conservation Volunteers (CV) event, I pondered the cloudy skies hanging low over the mountains. Was this to be a cold and soggy day or would our historical luck for nice...

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Conservation Volunteers promoting conservation values...with their taste buds!

Barney Reeves and Joan Holzmann enjoy lunch while overlooking Pine Ridge (Photo by NCC)

Barney Reeves and Joan Holzmann enjoy lunch while overlooking Pine Ridge (Photo by NCC)

In Alberta, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) volunteers join forces with the Conservation Volunteers team to do projects all over the province. When volunteers come, we are always sure to feed them well-deserved snacks. Until this year, we...

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Action vs inaction? A body in motion tends to stay in motion

Volunteers and staff working on fence, Haughan, Pakowki AB  (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers and staff working on fence, Haughan, Pakowki AB (Photo by NCC)

The road to my undergraduate degree may not have been paved with popcorn, but I certainly watched my fair share of environmental documentaries along the way. Climate change, food security, fossil fuels, fisheries, oceans, chemicals, deforestation...

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My first CV event: Nexen Energy interns help remove weeds in the badlands

Nexen CV event, Horseshoe Canyon, AB (Photo by NCC)

Willing Nexen volunteers dig in to battle invasive absinth on the Horseshoe Canyon property, AB (Photo by NCC)

Less than a week into my internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I attended my first Conservation Volunteers (CV) event on June 5, 2014. The NCC team arrived early at the site, located on the Nodwell-Horseshoe Canyon property, to...

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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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Longing for the long weekend

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Much of my adolescence has prepared me well for long weekends. I grew up exploring forests, watching clouds and skipping through puddles — an amateur explorer, some might say. And I can assure you that this angst to be surrounded by green...

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A summer for nature

Denise Harris, Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, AB (Photo by NCC)

Denise Harris, Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, AB (Photo by NCC)

So why did I take the summer off to volunteer for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)? Well, let’s see. Several years ago, at the first NCC event I ever participated in, I was greeted with an undulating purple sea of four-foot-tall...

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