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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A personal prairie legacy: The Tim K. Hodgson Prairie Stewardship Challenge Fund

Tim Hodgson at Horseshoe Dam (Photo courtesy of Tim Hodgson)

Tim Hodgson at Horseshoe Dam (Photo courtesy of Tim Hodgson)

Caring for land is personal. Over 10 years ago, I realized native wildlife habitat conservation was the most meaningful thing to which I could contribute my energy, expertise and time. It was 2003, and I was re-evaluating what I was achieving in...

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The stories we tell (and need to tell) about conservation

Connop Property in Alberta (photo by NCC)

Connop Property in Alberta (photo by NCC)

It’s a crisis! A chunk of land of conservation value suddenly comes on the market, or it’s threatened with some form of development or in some way is scarce and connecting habitat for some charismatic megafauna that commands our...

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Listening for the yellow rail

Yellow rail (Photo by Dominic Sherony, Wikimedia Commons)

Yellow rail (Photo by Dominic Sherony, Wikimedia Commons)

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) surveys biodiversity across the province of Alberta. From the grasslands and parklands of the south to the boreal in the north, we record the terrestrial and wetland species present, gather soil...

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Sustainability is the new buzzword

Conservation Volunteers cleanup event at the Crowsnest Pass, AB (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers from the Crowsnest Pass, Calgary and southern Alberta joined forces to pull over 60 bags worth of weeds that day! (Photo by NCC)

Sustainability is the new buzzword. You see it everywhere: everything that aims to be green is "sustainable" or "sustainably produced" nowadays. But what does this word, sustainability, mean? According to www.dictionary.com, sustainability is...

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Why not count some butterflies?

Identifying species at a CV butterfly count in Waterton (Photo by NCC)

Identifying species at a CV butterfly count in Waterton (Photo by NCC)

This summer, my 12-year-old son Benny and I enjoyed helping out with two butterfly themed events for Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Alberta; one at the Ghost Horse Hills, and the other at the Weston Family and Bruder properties along the...

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The perfection of the morning at Old Man on His Back

Kailey Setter visits Old Man on his Back, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Kailey Setter visits Old Man on his Back, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

There is a peace that finds you on the open prairie. In that vast openness, worry and stress diffuse into the air around you, and your body regains equilibrium. On this unexpectedly wild landscape filled with native grasses and endless sky, there...

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Encountering Waterton

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

Butterfly count at the Waterton Springs campground (Photo by NCC)

During my travels, I’ve seen a variety of mountains: the ancient remains of volcanic peaks in Tasmania, the coastal slopes of the Sierra Nevada range in southern Spain, the aptly-named Remarkables of New Zealand. I know that not all...

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A dandy way to bite back for conservation!

Maggie Cascadden making invasive species appetizers (Photo by Katie Cascadden)

Maggie Cascadden shows us how to make invasive species appetizing (Photo by Katie Cascadden)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada spends hours pulling weeds across the country each year. This past Saturday, Alberta Region Conservation Volunteers were given the opportunity to bite back! Since 2006, Conservation Volunteers have gone to the...

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Eyes in the skies

Coyote Lake Conservation Project in the Upper North Saskatchewan River Basin Focal Area during aerial monitoring  April 2014 (Photo by NCC)

Coyote Lake Conservation Project in the Upper North Saskatchewan River Basin Focal Area during aerial monitoring April 2014 (Photo by NCC)

Our adventure began in late April at the small Cooking Lake Airport located on the west side of Cooking Lake, east of Edmonton. This airport falls within a Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) priority area: the Cooking Lake Moraine...

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