Rediscovering Newfoundland

Brandon Ward posing for a picture while performing forest ecological classification (FEC) on the Grand Codroy Estuary (Photo by NCCl)

Brandon Ward posing for a picture while performing forest ecological classification (FEC) on the Grand Codroy Estuary (Photo by NCC)

To say I was excited to land the position as a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conservation intern for the summer of 2014 would be an understatement. In fact, when I got the call offering me the job, I could hardly resist bursting into smiles...

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Urban gardens and conservation

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Usually when you hear about land conservation, it usually refers to the conservation of places that are still “wild” — meaning they haven’t undergone any large-scale urbanization. However, we often forget about urban...

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Bad news for bats? How White-nose Syndrome threatens Canada's bat populations

Tricolored bat with white-nose syndrome (Photo by USFWS)

Tricolored bat with white-nose syndrome (Photo by USFWS)

Bats are an important part of Canada’s biodiversity. They eat huge numbers of insects, some of which are crop and forestry pests. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that bats provide insect control services worth between $3.7 and $53 billion...

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Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Conference 2014

One method to address domestic cat overpopulation issues is a trap-neuter-return solution (Photo by Sajin Nijas)

One method to address domestic cat overpopulation issues is a trap-neuter-return solution (Photo by Sajin Nijas)

This year, as an outside but complementary interest to my work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I was fortunate enough to attend the 2014 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies conference (CFHS) in Toronto, Ontario. The conference...

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Discovering new ways to explore New Brunswick

ExploreEcoNB screenshot (Photo by NCC)

ExploreEcoNB screenshot (Photo by NCC)

As technology evolves, people today are expecting a lot more out of their mobile phones. The use of mobile applications is increasing across phone users and everybody is trying to find a way to take advantage of it. Mobile applications help you...

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Spring cleaning: Conservation Volunteers give piping plovers a helping hand in Nova Scotia

Piping plover (Photo by Andrea Drake)

Piping plover spotted during the beach cleanup (Photo by Andrea Drake)

One of the most endangered species in Canada received a helping hand through the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Conservation Volunteers program this past weekend.The piping plover is a shorebird that relies on sand and pebble beaches...

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Moose Sex Project spreading like wildfire!

Moose and her calf (Photo courtesy of Wild for Wildlife and Nature)

Moose and her calf (Photo courtesy of Wild for Wildlife and Nature)

It's amazing how turning an issue on its head and looking at in a different light can make all the difference. At least that seems to have been the case for a cross-border conservation project that, at first glance, seemed like many of the others...

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Dotmocracy: How to get lots of good ideas boiled down to a few great ones!

White polka dots on red background (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Facilitating workshops can be a little intimidating. They can often generate a lot of good ideas, but it is difficult to boil down the list to a few great ones that will lead into projects that will produce the desired outcomes. A colleague of...

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The Jenga theory of biodiversity: The tipping point of ecosystems and the diversity of species

Jenga tower (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Derek Mawhinney and Cafe Nervosa)

Jenga tower (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Derek Mawhinney and Cafe Nervosa)

A while back I was a guest on the CBC Radio program, Shift New Brunswick to speak about the discovery of a little flowering plant— one of the rarest in my home province and a federally listed species at risk. You most likely may not have...

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A bird's-eye view: Mark Mallory's fascination with birds, and what they can tell us

Semipalmated plover, Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Semipalmated plover, Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Mark Mallory likes birds, and he’s not alone. Birds are popular, and not just among high-strung bird nerds elbowing their way through crowds for glimpses of avian visitations. Birds are one of the most diverse groups of organisms in the...

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