Why I'm hooked on birding at the Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory

Avery Bartels with a sharp-shinned hawk (Photo by Kristie Foster)

Avery Bartels with a sharp-shinned hawk (Photo by Kristie Foster)

Many years before I was born my parents bought eight acres (three hectares) with a small cabin on it near Nelson BC. As their family grew, so did their humble abode to accommodate my four siblings and me. From as early as I can remember I have...

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Bloomin' flowers at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

In Bloom Wildflower Festival, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by NCC)

In Bloom Wildflower Festival, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by NCC)

Here in the BC Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, one of our favourite conservation projects is the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. It's a favourite because there is so much that goes on there — university research, Conservation...

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What’s the buzz on bees at the Cowichan Preserve?

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve flowers, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve flowers, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

You’ve probably seen it in the news: bees are in trouble. There has been a lot of press about managed honeybees that have been introduced to North America for pollination and honey. Unfortunately, we also know that many wild bees are also...

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Ecosystem restoration: A practice of patience

Wetlands on Columbia Lake - Lot 48 (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Wetlands on Columbia Lake - Lot 48 (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

I am an immediate gratification kind of person. If there is something I can do now to see results now, I will go the extra mile just to feel that satisfaction. Sometimes this means sleep deprivation or failed attempts to learn something new; like...

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The year the bluebirds stayed the winter

A pair of western bluebirds is spotted in March prospecting for nestboxes 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 nestboxes 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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