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 stewardhip and monitoring work (Photo by Ben Fox)

Katy Fulton uses an iPad regularly in her stewardhip 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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Historical ecology: Probing the mysteries of ancient landscapes

A sunny Garry oak savannah (Photo by Jenny McCune)

A sunny Garry oak savannah (Photo by Jenny McCune)

A challenge for humans in our attempts to manage ecosystems is that we’re often dealing with beings much longer lived than ourselves. For example, a Douglas-fir tree can live to be 800 years old or more. A century is a long time for a human,...

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A cross story

Tzouhalem moonrise, Chase Woods, British Columbia (Photo by Mike Szaszik)

Tzouhalem moonrise, Chase Woods, British Columbia (Photo by Mike Szaszik)

When the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) first undertook to create the Chase Woods Nature Preserve, we looked around for great images to help tell the story of this magical place. The land, which is 100 acres (41 hectares) of coastal...

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The importance of kelp

Sea otter, Vancouver Aquarium (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Stan Shebs)

Sleeping sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Stan Shebs)

Sea otters are a keystone species. They play an important role in the health and stability of near shore marine ecosystems. They eat sea urchins and other invertebrates that eat vast quantities of giant kelp. In the absence of sea otters, grazing...

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Call of the wild: Up close and personal with screech owls in Fernie, BC

Western screech-owl (Photo by US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Western screech-owl (Photo by US Fish & Wildlife Service)

There is nothing more incredible than witnessing a whole family of owls interacting and communicating with one another. This is what I discovered after an intimate and humbling experience with a family of screech-owls in the Elk Valley this past...

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Doing Science that Matters: Engaging with Communities in Collaborative Scientific Research

University of Victoria student Megan Adams monitoring hair snags near Wuikinuxv Village, BC (Photo by ACS lab)

University of Victoria student Megan Adams monitoring hair snags near Wuikinuxv Village, BC (Photo by ACS lab)

I should have known I would become an ecologist. As a child, I always seemed to catch a salamander while waiting for the school bus, or bring home precious flowers to press through the seasons. I could stare from the bus window out into the...

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Where the roads have no name: Road deactivation on the Darkwoods property

Culvert deactivation, Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

A culvert is removed as part of the deactivation process for a logging road no longer needed in Darkwoods' conservation operations. This prevents landslides, which can occur when neglected culverts are blocked on abandoned roads. (Photo by NCC)

“Ok pickup truck, you’re good to go,” the crew chief calls over the radio. We cautiously crawl across the active logging site en route to Darkwoods, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) vast conservation area in...

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