Year of the Horse: The wild horses of Sable Island

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

According to the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, the year of the horse begins on January 31. In related mythology, this fine animal is viewed as being bright, capable, energetic, intelligent, and warm-hearted, which are attributes that...

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Happy birthday, Quiddy!

Happy birthday, Quiddy! (Photo by NCC)

Happy birthday, Quiddy! (Photo by NCC)

A media availability and photo opportunity was held in the Fredericton Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) office over the noon hour today. It was to celebrate the 50th birthday of our learned colleague, John Foley, (aka Quiddy) a long-serving NCC...

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The Alphabet Soup of conservation: Learning to speak a different language

Alphabet Soup (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, strawberryblues)

Alphabet Soup (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, strawberryblues)

As a communications person and someone who doesn't get out into the field often, I consider myself fortunate to work with very bright and talented people within the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). They are certainly dedicated and committed to...

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How time flies: Looking back on my quindecennial with NCC

Doug Bliss, Atlantic regional director, Canadian Wildlife Service, Linda Stephenson, Atlantic regional vice president, NCC and Charles Duncan, director of WHSRN executive office unveil commemorative print of semipalmated sandpipers by artist Robert Lyon (Photo by NCC)

Doug Bliss, Atlantic regional director, Canadian Wildlife Service, Linda Stephenson, Atlantic regional vice president, NCC and Charles Duncan, director of WHSRN executive office unveil commemorative print of semipalmated sandpipers by artist Robert Lyon (Photo by NCC)

They say “time flies when you are having fun.” Guess that explains why the past decade and a half seem to have gone by at warp speed. You can break it down to be 5,475 days, or 780 weeks or 180 months, but any way you slice it, this is...

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There, and back again: Why I left NCC, and then came back

Port Joli, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Port Joli, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

There is a framed drawing of a turtle that hangs on the wall in my office. Beneath its crusty shell is written: “Turtles are a symbol of self-nurturance and encouragement. They remind us that despite our busy schedules, we don’t need...

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