A novice’s guide to a Christmas Bird Count

Bird count volunteers (Photo by NCC)

Bird count volunteers (Photo by NCC)

Scientific study and academia can feel a long way away from the everyday lives of most Canadians, but for anyone with a pair of binoculars and a passion for wildlife, there is an opportunity to join in on the largest and longest running citizen...

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December roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Caribou stag (Photo by David Elliot)

Caribou stag (Photo by David Elliot)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in December 2018. Reindeer crash at the North...

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Lending a hand at Bunchberry Meadows

Volunteers bagging thistle flower heads (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers bagging thistle flower heads (Photo by NCC)

On August 30, 2018, I attended a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Conservation Volunteers event at NCC’s Bunchberry Meadows property in Alberta. This property was purchased as a joint project with the Edmonton & Area Land Trust, an...

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Giving gifts in the Napanee Limestone Plain

Friends enjoying some time together while helping open up the landscape (Photo by NCC)

Friends enjoying some time together while helping open up the landscape (Photo by NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Conservation Volunteers program is a well-established and successful program that engages volunteers across the country. Recently, I hosted our first event in the Napanee Plain, and I have to...

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Volunteers build resiliency

Volunteers at NCC's River Bends on the Mend CV event. (Photo by Miguel Hortiguela)

Volunteers at NCC's River Bends on the Mend CV event. (Photo by Miguel Hortiguela)

Every December 5, on International Volunteer Day, the United Nations recognizes volunteers worldwide for their efforts and celebrates the impact that volunteerism is making toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals — a collection of...

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Heard it from a Scout: Turning over a new leaf for forest conservation

Where better to start contributing to forest conservation than within the Scouting community, where youth strive to enjoy, explore and protect nature every day? (Photo by Scouts Canada)

Where better to start contributing to forest conservation than within the Scouting community, where youth strive to enjoy, explore and protect nature every day? (Photo by Scouts Canada)

What would a tire swing be without a branch to hang from? How about a summer picnic with no shade, or summer adventuring without camping in comforting forests? Scouts and nature lovers alike understand the feeling of calm and sense of home within...

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Clowns of the sea: the Atlantic puffin

Atlantic puffins (Photo by Laurel Bernard/NCC staff)

Atlantic puffins (Photo by Laurel Bernard/NCC staff)

The summer of 1999 was a unique one for me. I spent three months living on a small 23-acre (9.5 hectare) island 16 kilometres away from the nearest land. Machias Seal Island in New Brunswick was home to two full-time lighthouse keepers, three...

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Combating invasive species in a globally rare habitat

Leaders in Conservation in Carden Alvar, ON (Photo by NCC)

Leaders in Conservation in Carden Alvar, ON (Photo by NCC)

On a hot and humid day this past summer, I visited Carden Alvar in Ontario with a group of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Leaders in Conservation. We meandered through the forest and stepped onto the limestone plain alvar, which stretched on...

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Cozy one-bedroom bird house available for a low price

A bird box (Photo by NCC)

A bird box (Photo by NCC)

This spring, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) held a Conservation Volunteers event at NCC’s Edenwold property to install bird boxes. In typical Saskatchewan fashion, it had been 30 C all week, but as soon as the field day came, the...

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The best defence is an eco-fence!

Conservation Volunteers, NCC staff and Bruce Peninsula National park staff (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers, NCC staff and Bruce Peninsula National park staff (Photo by NCC)

Ontario’s Saugeen Bruce Peninsula is well known for its unique biodiversity and natural beauty. As budding naturalists with a particular interest in reptiles and amphibians, my husband and I jumped at the chance to participate in the Nature...

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