Tiny house, smaller footprint

This year, my family tested our bond and squeezed into a “tiny house” for the long weekend. (Photo by Maia Herriot)

This year, my family tested our bond and squeezed into a “tiny house” for the long weekend. (Photo by Maia Herriot)

In celebration of Family Day this year, my family tested our bond and squeezed into a “tiny house” for the long weekend. According to Tiny Home Builders, the tiny house movement is “the architectural and social movement that...

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August roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

The accumulation of downed woody debris is ripe fuel for forest fire. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The accumulation of downed woody debris is ripe fuel for forest fire. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in August 2019. Amazon fires are setting the world...

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Connecting the rivers for our future

Stehelin property, NS (Photo by NCC)

Stehelin property, NS (Photo by NCC)

After three years of data collection covering 600,000 kilometres of rivers and streams, and collaboration between two countries and four provinces, Josh Noseworthy, director of conservation science at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC)...

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June roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Orcas (Photo by Robert Pittman/Wikimedia Commons)

Orcas (Photo by Robert Pittman/Wikimedia Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in June 2019. Mush through the slush A dog-sled...

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Conserving carbon sinks: A natural solution to climate change

Darkwoods mountains, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Darkwoods mountains, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

In the global effort to fight climate change, forests, wetlands and grasslands are more and more being recognized for their important role in absorbing greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., carbon dioxide) and storing carbon over the long term....

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Learning to live with less

Living with less is more (Photo from Creative Commons CC 1.0)

Living with less is more (Photo from Creative Commons CC 1.0)

Earlier this month, I started watching a reality show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. In the show, Marie helps people declutter their homes in an effort to help improve their lives. To accomplish this, she teaches them how to apply...

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Conservation goes hand in hand with climate change

Misty Darkwoods forest, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Misty Darkwoods forest, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Few issues these days loom as large as the threats posed by climate change. Through our conservation and stewardship work on some of Canada’s most threatened landscapes, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is committed to addressing...

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Putting a price on nature

Misty Darkwoods forest, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Misty Darkwoods forest, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Sometimes it is only by putting a price on something that we truly begin to value its real worth and importance to us. This certainly applies to manufacturing goods and various services, but increasingly it is being applied to nature’s...

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Nature, the original dynamo: Understanding the relevance of resilient dynamism in conservation

River walking in the winter (Photo by Al Thompson)

River walking in the winter (Photo by Al Thompson)

“Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.” ~ Aldo Leopold (1949)As heads of state, intellectuals and journalists once again gather for the 2014 World...

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