Love is in the air

Swift fox (Photo by Clio Smeeton)

Swift fox (Photo by Clio Smeeton)

Now is the time of year when, as the old song goes, "A young man's fancy lightly turns to love." When it comes to swift foxes, their hearts definitely do. The female swift fox, or vixen, holds court in her den while her suitors, dog foxes, come...

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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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Pronghorns: A sure-footed alarm whistle for Canada's Prairies

Pronghorn antelope, Old Man on His Back (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Pronghorn antelope, Old Man on His Back (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Growing up on a ranch in the short-grass prairie region of southern Alberta, I had early exposure to the natural world and some of Canada’s most unique and charismatic wildlife species. From the resilient coyote, to the secretive badger, the...

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Thinking about World Water Day

Water trough at Waterton Park Front, AB (Photo by NCC)

A water trough with clean water at Waterton Park Front, AB (Photo by NCC)

Working as a Communications Coordinator for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a great way to learn about science, nature and everything NCC does to conserve land for wildlife and future generations of Canadians. I often focus on land when...

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A summer of unforgettable experiences...And a great time!

Maggie Cascadden (Photo by NCC)

Maggie Cascadden (Photo by NCC)

Last May, I moved across the country to start an internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). In April, I had graduated with a bachelor of arts and sciences in sustainability, science and society from McGill University. Since I was...

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Blazing ahead of climate change: The potential for assisted migration of Alberta’s native plants

The northern blazing star is being used to test assisted migration as a climate change conservation tool. (Photo by ABMI)

The northern blazing star is being used to test assisted migration as a climate change conservation tool. (Photo by ABMI)

It’s the Goldilocks principle. All species, including plants, animals and fungi, are uniquely adapted to a specific combination of climate and environmental conditions that they need to grow, reproduce and thrive; things need to be...

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The swift fox: A conservation success story

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Although I work as the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) conservation coordinator responsible for the area in Alberta where swift foxes now live, I have never seen a wild one myself. These are elusive creatures. I did see several being...

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Lights, camera, action! NCC conservation lands in the movies

Movie reel (Photo by Runner1616, Wikimedia Commons)

Movie reel (Photo by Runner1616, Wikimedia Commons)

One of the many perks of working with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Alberta is I get to work in some of the most incredible landscapes in the province. In the course of my field work I’ve been to the Canadian Badlands, waded...

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Why bluebirds?

Mountain bluebird (Photo by Allison Haskell)

Mountain bluebird (Photo by Allison Haskell)

Why did I decide to write a blog about bluebirds? I am no bird specialist, that’s for sure, but I do think bluebirds are gorgeous. The first time I saw a bluebird was just 10 days after starting my internship with the Nature Conservancy of...

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How to be Batman, or the Flash, or even Aquaman if you want

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

This past Saturday, the Alberta Conservation Volunteers team hosted our last event of the year: a winter willow harvest in the Red Deer River area. While I was there, working alongside volunteers, it struck me how lucky I am to be part of this...

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