My Klinaklini

Dalton's Hideaway in the Klinaklini Valley, BC (Photo by NCC)

Dalton's Hideaway in the Klinaklini Valley, BC (Photo by NCC)

(The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) Peter Shaughnessy looks after some of NCC’s most remote projects in British Columbia. Our conservation areas in the Kilinaklini River Valley in the west-central part of the province top the...

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UFO sightings in BC? No, just getting a different vantage point on the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area

Hexacopter (Photo by NCC)

Hexacopter (Photo by NCC)

In the video, the camera seems to fly over two Nature Conservancy (NCC) staff as they walk along a cliff-side. You might wonder: how did they make that camera fly and take such great shots? Recently, the BC Region arranged for a short video to be...

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Impressions of a preserve

BC Garry Oak (Photo by Tim Ennis NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve personifies old. The gnarled Garry oak trees stand staunchly in a fading fall meadow, resolute in their sense of place. A 120-year-old farmhouse sits among the oaks like...

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Where the bears are: An update on the Wuikinuxv grizzly bear project

Grizzly bear (Photo by Vince Heney)

Grizzly bear (Photo by Vince Heney)

In the spring of 2013, I approached the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) about a project in Wuikinuxv Territory, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where grizzly bears and humans have shared the same riverbanks for thousands of years,...

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Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon (Part 2)

JB MacKinnon

Author J.B. MacKinnon (Photo courtesy the author)

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon

JB MacKinnon

Author J.B. MacKinnon (Photo courtesy the author)

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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Restoring an endangered tree species in the mountains of British Columbia

Whitebark pine needles and cones (Photo by Richard Sniezko)

Whitebark pine trees have needles in bunches of five (Photo by Richard Sniezko)

In British Columbia, the majority of species at risk are found in low elevation areas where most private property is held. Most conservation properties held by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are also found in these low elevation zones to...

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Four months to change a career

Braydi Rice in Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Braydi Rice helping deactivate roads in Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

I didn’t grow up in the city. I had the chance to grow up in what some would consider one of the most diverse places in Canada: the Rocky Mountains. I spent most of the summer as a child at the lake, a five-minute walk from my house. As a...

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A conservation overture: Finding music in nature

Paul Bezooyen (Photo by Garland Colson)

Paul Bezooyen (Photo by Garland Colson)

For folk songwriter and performing artist Paul Bezooyen, nature demonstrates balance, harmony and the inter-relatedness of everything. Nothing is more or less important than another thing. Nature doesn’t "try to be"... it just "is." He...

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Volunteers lending a hand to protect the Quamichan wetlands

Water sampling at Quamichan wetlands

Water sampling at Quamichan wetlands

Wetlands are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth and it takes teamwork to care for them. The Quamichan wetlands on BC's Vancouver Islands are a great example of what can happen when we join forces to protect these special...

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