The Maryland Biodiversity Project: Mobilizing community to build a better picture of local biodiversity

Wildlife photographer and naturalist Bill Hubick holds up an eastern ribbon snake (Photo courtesy of Bill Hubick)

Wildlife photographer and naturalist Bill Hubick holds up an eastern ribbon snake (Photo courtesy of Bill Hubick)

A few years ago, photographer Bill Hubick generously donated the use of his photos on www.bilhubick.com in Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) publications. Since then, his images have been shared in NCC print publications and web pages across the...

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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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Running for nature: Why I've joined the Conservation Krew for the Calgary Marathon

Running hare (Photo by Malene Thyssen, Wikimedia Commons)

Running hare (Photo by Malene Thyssen, Wikimedia Commons)

What’s the amount of training required for a five-kilometre run? Well, around the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Calgary office, the going joke is, “a good stretch before the run.” On June 1st, I’ll be taking part in...

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A day in the field with Brian Keating is always an adventure!

Staff hike at Bunchberry Meadows, AB (Photo by NCC)

Staff hike at Bunchberry Meadows, AB (Photo by NCC)

It was the kind of morning that was just mild enough for a brisk winter walk. Around 15 staff of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) Alberta Region had bundled up to get a glimpse of Bunchberry Meadows, the next big potential NCC...

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Running for nature: How marathon training and conservation are very much alike

Running shoes (Photo by Jean-Yves Couput, Wikimedia Commons)

Running shoes (Photo by Jean-Yves Couput, Wikimedia Commons)

I used to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day. Then, at the age of 22, I was given an ultimatum involving kissing. At that point in my life it was the right motivation — more compelling than any arguments about heart health or cancer risk. I...

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#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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