Why I'm hooked on birding at the Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory

Avery Bartels with a sharp-shinned hawk (Photo by Kristie Foster)

Avery Bartels with a sharp-shinned hawk (Photo by Kristie Foster)

Many years before I was born my parents bought eight acres (three hectares) with a small cabin on it near Nelson BC. As their family grew, so did their humble abode to accommodate my four siblings and me. From as early as I can remember I have...

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Chasing dragonflies and butterflies with Bob Bowles

Bob Bowles, Carden Alvar, ON (Photo by NCC).

Bob Bowles in the Carden Alvar, ON. Look closely and you'll see a dragonfly on his shoulder – they really do flock to him! (Photo by NCC).

I met Bob Bowles fairly early in my career at the Nature Conservancy of Canada when I was tasked to run the Carden Alvar butterfly and dragonfly counts in the Georgian Bay–Huronia subregion in 2009. We’d been planning the counts on the...

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Three things I've pledged to do for nature this Earth Day

Val Deziel distributes a flat of wild rye for planting (Photo by NCC)

In the space of 45 minutes, NCC staff and volunters planted 1,500 plugs of native grasses. (Photo by NCC)

To celebrate Earth Day I’m sharing three easy activities I’ve pledged to do for nature this year: Plant with purpose I recently moved to a (relatively) quiet suburb of Toronto, into a house with a backyard! Which, as I’m sure...

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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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