Archaeology research on NCC lands in Port Joli, Nova Scotia

Port Joli on a clear summer day. (Photo by Matthew Betts/Canadian Museum of History)

Port Joli on a clear summer day. (Photo by Matthew Betts/Canadian Museum of History)

In May of 1604, Samuel de Champlain sailed down Nova Scotia’s southern coast and mapped all he encountered. Early in his voyage, he came across a harbour so beautiful that he named it Port Joli. Of course, he did not know that the indigenous...

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Lichen: 10 reasons to make it your new favourite hobby for 2016

Troy McMullin, lichenologist from the University of Guelph, takes a lichen sample from a rock. (Photo by NCC)

Troy McMullin, lichenologist from the University of Guelph, takes a lichen sample from a rock. (Photo by NCC)

As we enter into the crisp, blank canvas of a new year, many of us have laid out plans and promises to become fitter, smarter, nicer, happier, richer versions of ourselves. Some plans for self-improvement may include trying a new activity like...

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To everything there is a season. Tern! Tern! Tern!

Common tern in flight at Tern Island, Tabusintac (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC)

Common tern in flight at Tern Island, Tabusintac (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC)

On a June day last year, I found myself on a small sandy island surrounded by thousands of screaming terns overhead. With the smell of guano filling my nose, I carefully picked my footing around nests containing eggs and thought — it's good...

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Nice habitats, but not for humans

A brightly-coloured mushroom in an alder thicket in the Chignecto Isthmus, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

A brightly-coloured mushroom in an alder thicket in the Chignecto Isthmus, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

As a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) intern, I spent many days this past summer strolling along beaches that rival the Caribbean for their beauty. Not all days could be like that, of course, so some days I hiked (or rather, scrambled) through...

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Human dimensions of conservation management

Aerial view of snapping turtle beach (Photo by NCC)

Aerial view of snapping turtle beach (Photo by NCC)

There is a strange socially well-adapted mammalian species that lives in a variety of habitats all over the world. From a conservation perspective, this species is thriving and its population numbers are steadily climbing. Generally, the species...

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It’s nice to be on a little island: Reflections from the NCC 2015 Sandy Point cleanup

The shores of Sandy Point. (Photo by Kim Olson)

The shores of Sandy Point. (Photo by Kim Olson)

It’s nice to be on a little island. That was one sentiment shared by a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Conservation Volunteer at the annual Sandy Point cleanup; one that seemed to be shared by the dozen volunteers who joined that day. We...

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What's in a salt marsh?

Wilson Lake and Lobster Bay, NS (Photo by Anthony Crawford)

Wilson Lake and Lobster Bay, NS (Photo by Anthony Crawford)

My field work for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) often takes me through a number of different habitats, including salt marshes. Some are big, some are small, most are just right. One of these salt marshes is located in Yarmouth County,...

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Labrador tea, growing wild in the Big Land

Not much colour in the Labrador tea, but amazing flavour. (Photo by Paul Smith/ Special to The Telegram)

Not much colour in the Labrador tea, but amazing flavour. (Photo by Paul Smith/ Special to The Telegram)

I returned yesterday from Labrador, the Big Land, so vast and magnificent, with waterways that may never have floated a trout fly. There are not many places like Labrador left on our planet. We need to stay on our toes to protect it, us folks who...

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Thirteen spooky facts about Canadian bats

Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) (Photo by Brock Fenton)

Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) (Photo by Brock Fenton)

There are 19 known bat species in Canada. Although they are subjected to a spooky stigma around Halloween, they’re nothing to be afraid of. Here are 13 things you didn’t know about this not-so-scary mammal: 1. The snooze button....

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Visiting coastal heathlands on Walk With NCC Day

Walking on the Barrens in NS (Photo by NCC)

Walking on the Barrens in NS (Photo by NCC)

On a sunny October morning, a group of enthusiastic hikers enjoyed a fall walk through the coastal heathlands on the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve in Nova Scotia. Our walk started off with a...

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