The Beaver Hills Moraine: A distinctive Alberta landscape

Human development on the hummocky moraine. (Photo by Beaver Hills Initiative)

Human development on the hummocky moraine. (Photo by Beaver Hills Initiative)

The Beaver Hills Initiative (BHI) is made up of a group of more than 30 volunteer partner organizations, including representatives from all three levels of government, the science and academic community, residents, industry and non-government...

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Bombs away...Seed bombs, that is!

Volunteer throwing seed bombs into experimental test plot at Conservation Volunteers event in Alberta. (Photo by NCC)

Volunteer throwing seed bombs into experimental test plot at Conservation Volunteers event in Alberta. (Photo by NCC)

Do you have a patch of hard–to-reach garden space? What about an exposed piece of earth that you’d like to restore to native vegetation? Or perhaps you are simply looking for an enjoyable, hands-on activity for you and your family to...

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Blackie School Green Day

Students making ferruginous hawk nesting platforms. (Photo by Sandi Riemersma)

Students making ferruginous hawk nesting platforms. (Photo by Sandi Riemersma)

The first of June was an exciting day in the small community of Blackie, Alberta. “Why is that,” you ask? It was the first ever Blackie School Green Day! Close to 20 partners came together to offer their knowledge and resources to more...

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Invasive species are a lot like...breakfast!

Maggie Cascadden demonstrates how BaDandelion muffins are made (Photo by NCC)

Maggie Cascadden demonstrates how BaDandelion muffins are made (Photo by NCC)

Weeds: every lawn, garden and even sidewalk seems to have them. They are pesky and stubborn, and have been known to cause severe frustration. A weed is classified as invasive when it travels 100 metres within 50 years, which is really fast...

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Conversations

Dr. Lee Foote

Dr. Lee Foote

I, like many nature-oriented people, had an epiphany when I had children. I began to see the future differently, to remember the flow of experiences of discovery into which children slip in and out. Educating kids about nature is a rich...

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Give a hiss on World Snake Day

A prairie rattlesnake neonate - note the triangular shaped head and yellowish-green colouration.(Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

A prairie rattlesnake neonate - note the triangular shaped head and yellowish-green colouration.(Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

The sun is just beginning to crest the grassland coulee slopes of Lethbridge, Alberta, but I have already been hiking for an hour. I am on the search for one of Alberta’s most feared predators. Its perfected greenish-yellow camouflage and...

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Willows on the Waldron

Willows on the Waldron CV event, AB (Photo by NCC)

Willows on the Waldron CV event, AB (Photo by NCC)

"Willows on the Waldron," the website read. A volunteer opportunity. Nature Conservancy of Canada. A worthy cause. I think to myself, "Self! here's your chance. Walk the talk! Let's volunteer!” But Willows…? On the...

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Volunteers dig in to help improve riparian habitat

NCC conservation staff and volunteers assess the planting work at Waldron Ranch. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

NCC conservation staff and volunteers assess the planting work at Waldron Ranch. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

I was in eighth grade when I first learned about riparian zones and the important role these terrestrial ecosystems play in the conservation of freshwater systems. Little did I know, years later, I would be helping to lead groups of volunteers in...

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The farm kid gets a job

Rainbow at Waterton, AB (Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

Rainbow at Waterton, AB (Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

Bindloss, Alberta is the sort of place where cows outnumber the people 100 to one. You probably haven’t heard of it, won’t find it on most maps and are unlikely to ever need to visit. Its remoteness is…well…remote. So...

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My "toad"-ally neat experience in the Crowsnest Pass

Columbia spotted frog at

Columbia spotted frog at "Calling all Amphibians" CV event, Frayn Property, AB (Photo by NCC)

Did you know there are only 10 amphibian species native to Alberta? I, too, was surprised to learn this. Although I have known basic facts about frogs and toads since I was in elementary school, like how they have a tadpole phase and prefer wet...

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