The year the bluebirds stayed the winter

A pair of western bluebirds is spotted in March prospecting for nest boxes at a territory that has not been used by bluebirds since 2013. (Photo by Trudy Chatwin)

A pair of western bluebirds is spotted in March prospecting for nest boxes at a territory that has not been used by bluebirds since 2013. (Photo by Trudy Chatwin)

In Canada, conservation activities for the western bluebird normally begin in earnest in late March or early April, timed with the arrival of the first birds returning from migration to their breeding grounds. But it was only mid-January when we...

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There's no place like home

Catherine Dale with bluebird (Photo by Angela Boag)

Catherine Dale with bluebird (Photo by Angela Boag)

“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” ~ Henry David Thoreau It seems to be an immutable law of nature photography (at least in my experience) that anything mobile will move the second you’ve gotten your camera ready,...

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Have you heard the one about the fun guys (fungi)? For Canada's bats and frogs, they're no April Fool's joke

The newly erected bat houses (Photo by Cori Lausen)

The newly erected bat houses (Photo by Cori Lausen)

The Frog Bear Conservation Corridor in British Columbia’s Creston Valley has received a lot of attention for its promise of protecting migratory habitat for creatures large and small. Grizzly bear and elk share these lands with migratory...

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40 years of adventures at Lac du Bois

Ian Barnett surveys the landscape at Frolek Ranch, Lac du Bois, BC (Photo by Brendan Matthews)

Ian Barnett surveys the landscape at Frolek Ranch, Lac du Bois, BC (Photo by Brendan Matthews)

In the mid-1990s much of the grasslands and open forests situated near my home in Kamloops, BC were made a provincial park due to the unique flora and fauna present and the need to conserve shrinking native grassland habitat in BC. In 2008, the...

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Caring for babies at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Maxine Leichter lends a hand during a Conservation Volunteers event at CGOP (Photo by NCC)

Maxine Leichter lends a hand during a Conservation Volunteers event at CGOP (Photo by NCC)

What does an environmentalist grandmother do who lives thousands of miles from her grandchildren? She takes care of baby plants instead at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (CGOP) near Quamichan Lake and...

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Why did the bear, frog, bat and wolverine cross the field?

Wolverine (Photo by Daniel J. Cox, Natural Exposures)

Wolverine (Photo by Daniel J. Cox, Natural Exposures)

Compared to other conservation lands, “Lot 3” is not much to look at. The 140-acre (57-hectare) property is a perfectly level field of canola located in BC’s Creston Valley, nestled in between the Purcell and Selkirk mountains....

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Bring Back the Bluebirds: Putting translocation to work to restore a rare ecosystem’s flagship species

In 2014, this breeding pair of western bluebirds returned to NCC’s Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve to nest for a second year in a row. (Photo by Jemma Green, GOERT)

In 2014, this breeding pair of western bluebirds returned to NCC’s Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve to nest for a second year in a row. (Photo by Jemma Green, GOERT)

As recently as 60 years ago, the gentle, vibrantly coloured western bluebird was a common occurrence in the species-rich Garry oak meadows and savannahs of the Salish Sea region of British Columbia and Washington. But as their habitat became...

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British Columbia’s forest industry today

Orford Bay, BC (Photo courtesy of Interfor)

Registered Professional Forester Rhiannon Poupard, who works for Interfor, says Orford Bay on BC’s Coast is an excellent example of diverse partners, industry, ecotourism operators and First Nations working together to provide solutions that support a wide range of values and objectives. (Photo courtesy of Interfor)

I grew up hiking and backpacking with my family in British Columbia’s woods. I chose to become a forester because of my inherent desire to take care of the natural environment; I wanted to contribute to the thoughtful management of our...

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A winter celebration in the Canadian Rockies

Hockey game, Winter Celebration, Marion Creek Benchlands, BC (Photo by NCC)

A fiercely competitive game of hockey breaks out on the ice at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Winter Celebration on Marion Creek Benchlands on Sunday, December 14. (Photo by NCC)

In the days leading up to the second annual Canadian Rockies Winter Celebration it seemed that Mother Nature had decided it was already spring before winter had even truly arrived. A foot of snow melted in less than a day and the lake ice had...

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High-tech conservation

Katy Fulton uses an iPad regularly in her stewardship and monitoring work (Photo by Ben Fox)

Katy Fulton uses an iPad regularly in her stewardship and monitoring work (Photo by Ben Fox)

Many people now use their iPad to communicate, be entertained, informed and conduct business in a highly mobile fashion. The development of software apps to support these activities has been prolific. This has included the development of several...

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