#YYC Earth Day cleanup: What we found may surprise you

Earth rise (Photo by NASA, Wikimedia Commons)

Earth rise (Photo by NASA, Wikimedia Commons)

In some ways, every day is Earth Day when you work at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) — our very mandate means that we are constantly thinking, planning for and even working in some of the planet's most beautiful landscapes. So...

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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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Conservation and conversation: Connecting communities in unexpected ways

Kim Pearson presentation (Photo by NCC)

Kimberly Pearson, Waterton Park Front Program Manager, sharing NCC’s message across Alberta (Photo by NCC)

The Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library was abuzz on March 18, 2014 when Kimberly Pearson, program manager for the Waterton Park Front (WPF) project, took her place at the podium. A crowd of 18 locals sat shoulder to shoulder, flipping...

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The beaver: Nature's engineer..and archaeologist?

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

The beaver has the distinguished reputation of being “nature’s engineer.” These furry, web-footed builders are skilled at taking raw materials and converting them into complex lodges and dams. Playing the role of woodcutter,...

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A natural partnership: The Stewardship Credit Program

Sandstone wagontrek (Photo by NCC)

Sandstone wagontrek (Photo by NCC)

Imagine a world where a rancher has the ability to turn their hard-earned and well-cared for grassland and waterways into cash in their pockets! It’s always been a personal dream of mine to better connect the good work that cattle...

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Economy vs. ecology: Where do we find the balance in Canada’s grasslands?

Top Grass Beef Ranch, AB (Photo by Mara Erickson)

Top Grass Beef Ranch, AB (Photo by Mara Erickson)

Comprising only 14 per cent of Alberta’s land base, the Grassland Natural Region is home to a staggering 75 per cent of the province’s species at risk. From burrowing owls to swift foxes to the western spiderwort, populations of...

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Ermine

Weasel (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, U.S. National Parks Service)

Weasel (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, U.S. National Parks Service)

It was a winter afternoon, warmed by the brightness of the sun, as I sauntered along the park’s walking trail. The air was crisp, refreshing and invigorating. I felt relaxed and my spirits were buoyed by the peace and tranquility of the...

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Did someone say "bird-off"? How I became an accidental birder

American goldfinch (Photo by Bill Hubick)

American goldfinch (Photo by Bill Hubick)

A few weeks ago, Kristyn challenged me to a bird-off to count the species in my new Calgary backyard this winter. Unfortunately, my count pales in comparison to hers — clocking in at a mere three species so far this year. But I do have a...

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Pines, beetles and bears, oh my! The relationship of bugs, bears and trees in western Canada and the U.S.

Grizzly bear (Photo by Erwin and Peggy Bauer/USFWS)

Grizzly bear (Photo by Erwin and Peggy Bauer/USFWS)

A Huffington Post article titled “In The American West, A Battle Unfolds Over Bugs, Climate Change And The Fate Of An Iconic Species” recently caught the eye of staff at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). In it, writer Kate...

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Leave it to beaver: Celebrating Alberta's natural legacy

Brian and Dee Keating, eastern slopes tour, AB (Photo by NCC)

Brian and Dee Keating, eastern slopes tour, AB (Photo by NCC)

I call it "nature’s parallel universe": it’s my definition for all of the natural occurrences happening all around us, every day. The chickadees’ pecking order of dominance at the winter bird feeder; the peeper frogs calling in...

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