Battling Buckthorn: NCC teams up with the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary for the fourth annual Buckthorn Beatdown

The Pugwash Estuary is a unique mixture of forest, marsh and sandy beaches (Photo by NCC)

The Pugwash Estuary is a unique mixture of forest, marsh and sandy beaches (Photo by NCC)

On June 8, staff from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Conservation Volunteers, the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary and the McMillan Forestry group braved hordes of mosquitoes to remove invasive glossy buckthorn at the Pugwash River Estuary...

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Spring cleaning: Conservation Volunteers give piping plovers a helping hand in Nova Scotia

Piping plover (Photo by Andrea Drake)

Piping plover spotted during the beach cleanup (Photo by Andrea Drake)

One of the most endangered species in Canada received a helping hand through the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Conservation Volunteers program this past weekend.The piping plover is a shorebird that relies on sand and pebble beaches...

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Moose Sex Project spreading like wildfire!

Moose and her calf (Photo courtesy of Wild for Wildlife and Nature)

Moose and her calf (Photo courtesy of Wild for Wildlife and Nature)

It's amazing how turning an issue on its head and looking at in a different light can make all the difference. At least that seems to have been the case for a cross-border conservation project that, at first glance, seemed like many of the others...

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A summer to remember: Looking back on my summer as a communications intern

Deep Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Deep Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will always have a special place in my heart, especially after completing an editorial internship there during the summer of 2010. I learned many important skills during my time there that I still use on a...

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Did someone say "bird-off"? How I became an accidental birder

American goldfinch (Photo by Bill Hubick)

American goldfinch (Photo by Bill Hubick)

A few weeks ago, Kristyn challenged me to a bird-off to count the species in my new Calgary backyard this winter. Unfortunately, my count pales in comparison to hers — clocking in at a mere three species so far this year. But I do have a...

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Snowy shutterbugs: My top six tips for winter photography

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Blue Mountain outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, December 27, 2013. It was late afternoon after a fresh snowfall. Like many people, I tend to keep my camera tucked away more often during winter. But the hike to the top of this granite ridge is rewarded...

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A bird's-eye view: Mark Mallory's fascination with birds, and what they can tell us

Semipalmated plover, Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Semipalmated plover, Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Mark Mallory likes birds, and he’s not alone. Birds are popular, and not just among high-strung bird nerds elbowing their way through crowds for glimpses of avian visitations. Birds are one of the most diverse groups of organisms in the...

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Year of the Horse: The wild horses of Sable Island

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

According to the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, the year of the horse begins on January 31. In related mythology, this fine animal is viewed as being bright, capable, energetic, intelligent, and warm-hearted, which are attributes that...

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Gratitude for Gaff Point: A winter hike

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

The natural undisturbed beauty of Nova Scotia is alluring for many. Visitors are drawn to the vast ocean views, long sandy beaches, and pristine forests. Yet on more than one occasion, when people arrive they are quick to cut down trees and build...

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Still waters: A photographic landscape study

Carl Zeiss sonnar lens (Photo by Mohylek, Wikimedia Commons)

Carl Zeiss sonnar lens (Photo by Mohylek, Wikimedia Commons)

Pontederia cordata, commonly known as pickerelweed, is an aquatic plant native to the American continent. It grows in a variety of wetlands, including pond and lake margins across an extremely large range from eastern Canada south to Argentina....

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