Cracking down on garlic mustard: A delicious and therapeutic experience

Garlic mustard are no match against our staff (Photo by NCC)

On May 12, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff had the opportunity to step away from their desks to crack down on invasive garlic mustard at the Happy Valley Forest. Commanders of the day, Todd Farrell and Mark Stabb, asked us to form pairs...

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What's flapping around in two Christmas Bird Count circles? (Part Two)

Bob and Mike checking out a flock of sparrows and finches (Photo by Kristyn Ferguson)

Bob and Mike checking out a flock of sparrows and finches (Photo by Kristyn Ferguson)

A ways up Highway 400 and across the top of Lake Simcoe from the Richmond Hill count circle (read about it in Part One), the Carden Alvar Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday, January 2. It was a cold and dark morning when I left my house...

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What’s flapping around in two Christmas Bird Count circles? (Part One)

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

This is Part One of a two-part series on Christmas Bird Counts that took place this winter. The Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest running citizen science project since 1900. Counts are carried out within a 24-kilometre...

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The day peace was announced

Graduation day June, 1944. Five lieutenants in the RCAMC (left to right: Crawford, LaPierre, Barnett, Wells, and Smyth). Headed for junior internship then army officer training camps, graduating as captains.

Graduation day June, 1944. Five lieutenants in the RCAMC (left to right: Crawford, LaPierre, Barnett, Wells, and Smyth). Headed for junior internship then army officer training camps, graduating as captains.

I graduated from an abbreviated Toronto medical course in June of 1944. My real interest as a youth was to become an ornithologist but that did not resonate well with my father or the culture of the times. Instead I decided upon medical school and...

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Riverbank rescue!

Riverbank Rescue CV event in Crowsnest Pass, AB (Photo by Angela Luck)

Riverbank Rescue CV event in Crowsnest Pass, AB (Photo by Angela Luck)

The Crowsnest Pass holds a special place in my heart. Whether I’m overnight backpacking with my children to enjoy the serenity of Window Mountain Lake, bird watching in the Alison Creek area, peacefully kayaking around Crowsnest Lake or fly...

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Reports from the First Congress of the International Land Conservation Network

The Eichwerder and the surrounding wetlands are located north of the city of Berlin. The Berlin Wall used to be in this area until 1990. (Photo by Holger Rößling/NaturSchutzFonds Brandenburg)

The Eichwerder and the surrounding wetlands are located north of the city of Berlin. The Berlin Wall used to be in this area until 1990. (Photo by Holger Rößling/NaturSchutzFonds Brandenburg)

Two weeks ago (Oct. 19 – 21) I had the privilege to attend the First Congress of the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) hosted in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of this congress is to connect organizations and people around the...

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Lending nature a hand

Northern leopard frog (Photo by NCC)

Northern leopard frog (Photo by NCC)

If you are a nature lover like myself, you may be interested in participating in one of the many yearly activities organized by the Quebec branch of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The activities are open to all — you do not need a...

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The symbiosis of fashion and nature

Models dressed in fake fur as as their hemlines were soaked by the melting catwalk (Photo from Wiki Commons)

Models dressed in fake fur as as their hemlines were soaked by the melting catwalk at Chanel's Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show (Photo from Wiki Commons)

With Fashion Week coming to Toronto, Canadian designers from across the country will showcase their ready-to-wear fashions on the runways. This term, ”ready-to-wear,” means what you see on the runway can be worn in day-to-day life: in...

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An exciting Brier Island weekend

Group photo at

Group photo at "Sights and Sounds of Brier Island" event. (Photo by NCC)

Brier Island is one of the farthest reaches of Nova Scotia; two ferry rides away and, like many such islands, ecologically significant and home to a small community sometimes wary of the intentions of outsiders. The Nature Conservancy of Canada...

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Why forests matter speakers series reminds us of the value of trees

Forest by the Humber River, ON (Photo by Michael Gil, Wikimedia Commons)

Forest by the Humber River, ON (Photo by Michael Gil, Wikimedia Commons)

I think everyone intrinsically knows that nature matters. That forests, made up of trees, literally give us life. But I also think it’s easy to forget (I, myself, am guilty of this). The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) set out to remind...

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