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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

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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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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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