Why I volunteer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Ellen and Heidi explore a crevice in the alvar landscape (Photo courtesy of Ellen Weatherbee)

Ellen and Heidi explore a crevice in the alvar landscape (Photo courtesy of Ellen Weatherbee)

The combination of being a botanist and owning land on Cockburn Island has been a natural fit for doing work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). I have concentrated on doing what I do best — surveying the plants and their...

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Become an ambassador for nature! Why I volunteer my time for conservation

Mallards (Photo by Denise Harris)

Mallards (Photo by Denise Harris)

I love to learn new things. It supports my ideal of evolving; of becoming more today than I was yesterday. For example, one day as I sat watching waterfowl, I happened to spy a mallard duck feeding close by. As he dove to feed, all I could see was...

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Giving a hoot about owls: A night-time survey with NCC in Manitoba

Great horned owl fledglings (Photo by NCC)

Great horned owl fledglings (Photo by NCC)

On March 26, 2015, the Manitoba Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hosted a Conservation Volunteers event — a night-time owl survey, which took place after sunset on NCC's Makinak Woods property east of Riding Mountain National...

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La semaine de l’action bénévole : un patrimoine bâti grâce à l’aide de gens de coeur !

Observateurs d’oiseaux à Baie Verte (photo de CNC)

Observateurs d’oiseaux à Baie Verte (photo de CNC)

Il y a une propriété de Conservation de la nature Canada (CNC) d’une superficie d’environ 200 acres (81 hectares) tout près de chez moi. Je m’y rends à pied au moins une fois par semaine; plus souvent...

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How our volunteers are lending their hands to build a natural legacy

Birders at Baie Verte (Photo by NCC)

Birders at Baie Verte (Photo by NCC)

There is a 200-acre (80-hectare) Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) nature reserve a few minutes from my house. I walk there at least once a week; more often if I can. Here, maple upland forest rolls down the Niagara Escarpment, changing to cedar...

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A call to nature conservation

Cold Creek Stewardship receiving a cheque for improvements to the CA building at Benjamin Moore Award presentation. (Photo by Bill Wilson)

Cold Creek Stewardship receiving a cheque for improvements to the CA building at Benjamin Moore Award presentation. (Photo by Bill Wilson)

I have been involved in nature conservation since 1964 — as a student, as a professional and as a volunteer. During ny 25 years with the Ontario Civil Service, it became evident to me that we all need to lend a hand in protecting and...

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Caring for babies at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Maxine Leichter lends a hand during a Conservation Volunteers event at CGOP (Photo by NCC)

Maxine Leichter lends a hand during a Conservation Volunteers event at CGOP (Photo by NCC)

What does an environmentalist grandmother do who lives thousands of miles from her grandchildren? She takes care of baby plants instead at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (CGOP) near Quamichan Lake and...

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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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