Giving hope to wildlife: How rehabilitation and conservation go hand in hand

Dr. Barry MacEachern (Photo courtesy of Barry MacEachern)

Dr. Barry is kept busy with running his own practice, volunteering his time to treat Nova Scotia’s wildlife and spending time with his husband Dave and their two dogs.

It would seem that wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife conservation go hand in hand. As the main veterinarian for the Hope for Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, I have had a unique chance to see how the two areas intersect. In my mind wildlife...

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Yes, B’y! Adventures in the Grassy Place.

Mountaintop lake, Grassy Place, NL (Photo by NCC)

Mountaintop lake, Grassy Place, NL (Photo by NCC)

As conservation planner for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Nova Scotia and Newfoundland programs, I am fortunate to have visited some truly astonishing places in the Atlantic Region. The latest mission was to reach a 3,880-acre...

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Eel-grass: A moment in time

Eel-grass, Port Joli, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

Eel-grass, Port Joli, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

As we bushwhack through dense alder thickets, we hear the drone of a small plane flying back and forth over the Pugwash Estuary. It is a perfect summer day in August with a clear blue sky, perfect for capturing aerial imagery of Pugwash. The...

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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

Tri-coloured bat with white-nose syndrome (Photo by USFWS)

Tri-coloured 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)

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)

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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