The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Cow and calf in Waldron, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Cow and calf in Waldron, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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Something's Fishy: The legendary lamprey

<i>The Lamprey, 2. The Pride</i>, 1866 (Illustration by Robert Hamilton)

The Lamprey, 2. The Pride, 1866 (Illustration by Robert Hamilton)

Anyone who knows me could tell you I’m really into folklore. Fairy tales, spooky stories and legendary accounts of people, places and mystical things have intrigued me for as long as I can remember. I'm also really into fish. So if there is...

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Another tool in NCC’s arsenal against climate change

Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Few issues are as pressing for Canada, and the world, as the need for us to address climate change in a meaningful way. Thankfully the work of conservation organizations such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) allows us to do so each and...

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New year, new beginnings – even if it’s not in an ideal spot

Can you spot the killdeer? (Photo by Sarah Wallace/Dispatches from the Field)

Can you spot the killdeer? (Photo by Sarah Wallace/Dispatches from the Field)

Often when biologist go out to the field for their first time, they are super excited and usually think they have it all under control. Thoughts, such as, “Oh I can carry all of those heavy totes myself,” or “I will map out the...

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Something's Fishy: Picking on pike

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

There is a special day in every fisherman and -woman’s life where they reel in a fish that gives them a one-way ticket into the big players' club. Freshwater anglers across Canada dream of encountering these beasts, some adult species...

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My 2015 nature year in review

Ralph River (Photo by Alistair Taylor)

Ralph River (Photo by Alistair Taylor)

When you’re on Facebook and other social media you start following a plethora of organizations and groups that interest you. Before long they start to accumulate and your timeline is full of stuff to read, interact with and comment on. At...

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Excerpt: Safe Passage

Grizzly bear (Photo by Erwin and Peggy Bauer/USFWS)

Grizzly bear (Photo by Erwin and Peggy Bauer/USFWS)

On a soggy September afternoon in southeast British Columbia, Nancy Newhouse swung her truck through a bank of pearl-colored fog and bounced to a halt on the shoulder of Highway 3A. Newhouse, Tom Swann and I emerged into the cold mist, stepping...

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The rocky intertidal: Starring Pisaster ochraceus

The sea star team (from left to right: Maggie Cascadden, Marianna DiMauro, Chloe Boyle, Aimee McGowan, Mike Huck) (Photo by Anne Salomon)

The sea star team (from left to right: Maggie Cascadden, Marianna DiMauro, Chloe Boyle, Aimee McGowan, Mike Huck) (Photo by Anne Salomon)

Between ocean and land exists a remarkable place unlike any other in the world: the intertidal zone, where marine ecosystems are both exposed to air at low tide and under water during high tide. This unique space where land and sea meet is...

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Conserving Canada's natural capital

Lusicich, Crowsnest Pass, AB (Photo by NCC)

Lusicich, Crowsnest Pass, AB (Photo by NCC)

It might be hard to imagine that there's a close connection between my job as an economist at TD and my passion for the great outdoors — camping, hiking and canoeing being among my favourite pursuits. But there is. Over the past two years,...

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Wetlands update from the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

First light on the Garry oaks. (Photo by Ren Ferguson)

First light on the Garry oaks. (Photo by Ren Ferguson)

The morning was a beauty, with mist rising from Quamichan Lake illuminated in the rich sunrise. I was in for a treat. As I walked through the fields past huge Garry oak trees, I saw a fine black-tailed deer buck with shiny antlers and muscles...

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