Are you seeing the whole picture? Using elevation data to help conserve biodiversity

Elevation data showing the Beaver Creek River Valley. Historic data (100-metre resolution) vs. newly available LiDAR data (> one-metre resolution). (Image by NCC)

Elevation data showing the Beaver Creek River Valley. Historic data (100-metre resolution) vs. newly available LiDAR data (> one-metre resolution). (Image by NCC)

As a land planner, I am always looking for new ways to learn more about the landscapes in which the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works. Enter LiDAR (or light detection and ranging), a technology that has been around for decades but...

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Where are they now? Intern Alumni Spotlight: Claire Elliott

Claire Elliott at a Conservation Volunteers event in Tabusintac, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

Claire Elliott at a Conservation Volunteers event in Tabusintac, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

This blog marks the eighth Intern Alumni Spotlight — a series highlighting some of the individuals who have interned with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in the past. Last month, Victoria Shore was featured as the Intern Alumni...

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

Caribou stag (Photo by David Elliot)

Caribou stag (Photo by David Elliot)

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 December 2018. Reindeer crash at the North...

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Labrador...one of nature's final frontiers

Lindsay Notzl cross-country skiing in Labrador (Photo by Jon Feldgajer)

Lindsay Notzl cross-country skiing in Labrador (Photo by Jon Feldgajer)

If you are a wilderness lover, or an adventurer of any kind, Labrador should be on your list of "must sees." Labrador (or "The Big Land" as it is sometimes called) stretches across vast expanses of tundra, taiga and boreal forest. Anglers from...

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Siri, where's the nearest conservation area? Celebrate GIS Day with NCC

Gary White and Laura Robson in the field, ON (Photo by NCC)

Gary White and Laura Robson in the field, ON (Photo by NCC)

Have you ever used Google Maps or Siri to find directions to the closest coffee shop? Congratulations! You just conducted a GIS analysis and are encouraged to celebrate GIS Day on November 20. GIS Day started in 1999 and is held on the third...

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Googling the Earth like a pro: How NCC uses Google Earth mapping software for conservation planning

Environmentally Significant Areas near Banff and Canmore, AB (Map by NCC)

Environmentally Significant Areas near Banff and Canmore, AB (Map by NCC)

Web browsers who visit the Google Earth homepage are greeted with the friendly message "Hello, let's go explore." But the web-based satellite mapping system is more than simply a fun way to explore our planet in three dimensions. It's also an...

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