A Canadian river story

La Chasse-galerie, 1906, by Henri Julien (Photo by Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec)

Our rivers carry many responsibilities. For years, they have been pathways for communication, exploration and discovery. Like any great journey, these rivers have stories. From coast to coast, myths and legends have been passed down for almost as...

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Intertidal life

An intertidal zone on Clayoquot Island (Photo by NCC)

Water flows in the fabric of west coast culture. For those of us steeped in the maritime life, resisting the pull of the ocean is as futile as trying to still the tides. In my twenties I experimented with living away from coastal British Columbia,...

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Lions and coyotes and bears, oh my... and sheep, and wolves, and people: A workshop with Dr. Alistair Bath

Alistair Bath, human dimensions expert (Photo courtesy Mr. Bath)

Alistair Bath, human dimensions expert (Photo courtesy Mr. Bath)

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should be listening twice as much as talking.” That’s Dr. Alistair Bath’s refrain. It was my sixth day of work at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), and I got to attend...

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So you'd like to see a warbler...

Black-and-white warbler (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC staff)

I like birding at just about any point of the year, but spring birding brings a certain excitement after a long winter season. Throughout Canada, warblers and other songbirds are starting to flock to landscapes that were recently quiet. Many are...

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Something's Fishy: Little fish, big questions

Pygmy whitefish (<i>Prosopium coulterii</i>) (Photo by John Lyons)

In deep, dark waters all across Canada are ghosts, swimming skeletons and predators but the most mysterious of all are the fish species with an unknown past. Every day biologists are asking and answering the questions posed by nature. Trading in a...

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In pictures: Ten years of planting, pulling and birding for conservation

Birders join in on the CV fun in Codroy, NFLD, 2013. (Photo by NCC)

Birders join in on the CV fun. Codroy, NFLD 2013 (Photo by NCC)

A picture is worth a thousand words. It is a visual representation of a moment in time, captured within a frame, and serves as a memory of an event. In the 10 years of the Conservation Volunteer (CV) program, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)...

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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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