Why did the turtle cross the road?

Minesing Wetlands (Photo by Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority)

Minesing Wetlands (Photo by Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority)

I didn’t expect one of the neatest experiences of my summer to happen while surveying the Minesing Wetlands for road mortality last June. In fact, I’d spent the day preparing myself mentally to have to make difficult observations of...

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Invasive species and the steward's role

Common reed (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Common reed (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

More and more land is being conserved these days by various conservation groups. This is a good thing, but coming with that is a responsibility to protect and manage that land. Unless there are local offices, the most efficient way to carry out...

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Something's Fishy: All about that bass

Largemouth bass (Photo by Trisha M. Shears)

Largemouth bass (Photo by Trisha M. Shears)

When I think of Canada's rich history, I like to look back at all of the knick-knacks in my grandparent's house. Their old two-story home in Oshawa, Ontario served as my own personal museum. Old books, leather crafts from my grandfather’s...

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rare team collects seeds for conservation

rare team partners with NCC to collect native grasses seeds, Central Big Creek Property, Norfolk County (Photo by Carleigh Pope)

rare team partners with NCC to collect native grass seeds at the Central Big Creek property, Norfolk County (Photo by Carleigh Pope)

Staff from the rare Charitable Research Reserve (rare) were very excited to join hands with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for another joint initiative to maintain a healthy natural environment in Ontario. Founded in 2001, rare is a more...

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NCC Creative Conservation Challenge: Mud Inspired 2015

My 2015 year in nature (Collage by Cameron Curran)

My 2015 year in nature (Collage by Cameron Curran)

There’s no question that I had a "wild" 2015. My experiences in nature encapsulated discovery, wilderness, adventure, learning and community building. Through these experiences, I learned an abundance of natural heritage and ecological...

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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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Something's Fishy: Picking on pike

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

Northern pike (Photo by Dirk Godlinski)

There is a special day in every fisherman and -woman’s life where they reel in a fish that gives them a one-way ticket into the big players' club. Freshwater anglers across Canada dream of encountering these beasts, some adult species...

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Opening a can of worms for greener possibilities

Owner of WasteNot Worm Farms gives NCC staff the 101 on worm composting over a lunch and learn in Toronto (Photo by Jocelyn Molyneux)

Owner of WasteNot Worm Farms gives NCC staff the 101 on worm composting over a lunch and learn in Toronto (Photo by Jocelyn Molyneux)

I have a nine-to-five job, spending most of my day in front of the computer and far removed from any Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property. I will likely not be doing hands-on conservation on any given work day. Sometimes, cubicle dwellers...

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2015 - A natural reflection and year list

Belted kingfisher at Lake Ontario (Photo by Tianna Burke)

Belted Kingfisher young at Lake Ontario.This little one fell into the lake on his first flight and we helped him get back into his burrow. (Photo by Tianna Burke)

Blogging for me has always been as much about sharing nature with others as it has been about personal reflection. I have never written a year-end post before, however after learning about the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Creative...

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