From one NCC intern to another

Bourgeau Lake in Banff National Park (Photo by Sophia Yang/NCC)

One of the main reasons why working for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is so rewarding is because of all the wonderful people that make the work possible. At the forefront are NCC’s interns. Whether it’s spending days at a time...

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Speaking to scientists: Kristyn Ferguson

Kristyn Ferguson, program director, Georgian-Bay Huronia (Photo by Mike McGahon).

Kristyn Ferguson, program director, Georgian-Bay Huronia, holds a twelve-spotted skimmer (dragonfly) in her hand during the Carden count with Bob. (Photo by Mike McGahon).

We at Earth Unfiltered were very lucky to have a conversation with Kristyn Ferguson, a program director from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Kristyn is a Toronto-born nature lover who completed her bachelor's degree in environmental...

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Leaving a lasting legacy with conservation

Paul Smith (right) takes a walk through the forest he transferred to NCC, with Karen Clarke-Whistler, chief environment officer of TD Bank Group, and John Lounds, NCC president and CEO (Photo by Simon Wilson)Paul

When Paul Smith was a child, he called the family’s forest, located three to four miles from his home, “Grandma’s Woods.” Deeded to his ancestors in 1856, it had passed to his grandmother, and he remembers that she had just...

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Celebrating Canadian species: Wolf

Gray wolf (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The timber wolf, also known as the gray wolf, is common in northwestern Ontario, where I have worked and lived for nearly 40 years. Common, but not always safe.I have a soft spot for predators such as wolves. In part because they are beautiful...

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Beech bark disease in Canada

Roots of an old American beech tree at Clear Creek Forest (Photo by NCC)

Roots of an old American beech tree at Clear Creek Forest (Photo by NCC)

While hiking through some of Ontario’s forests, you may notice that the beech trees look infected by something. During my undergraduate studies in biology at Western University (formerly known as the University of Western Ontario), I learned...

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Celebrating Canadian species: Snowy owl

Snowy owl (Photo by Gregg McLachlan)

Snowy owl (Photo by Gregg McLachlan)

A few years ago, I became absolutely obsessed with finding a snowy owl. I would spend long car rides travelling to visit relatives, with my nose literally pressed against the glass (with my husband driving, I promise!), scanning every fence post...

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Keeping Kettle Island out of hot water

Volunteers clear debris from Kettle Island (Photo by NCC)

On a sunny Saturday morning in early fall this year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) team prepared to meet 20 or so members of the community from the Ottawa River Valley area, who all had one thing in common: they all cared deeply about the...

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Getting my hands dirty for conservation

Volunteers got their hands dirty for conservation (Photo by NCC)

I started volunteering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) about a year and a half ago, after becoming overwhelmingly “itchy” at my office job. I had been working in the environmental field for the past 20 years but was, for...

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In for the kill: Witnessing a top predator in action

Red-tailed hawk (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Red-tailed hawk (Photo by Bill Hubick)

I remember the first time I saw a predator in action, face-to-face, like it was yesterday. I was 10 years old and had just finished a scrumptious meal at a restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, with my parents. As my dad was driving out of the...

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Celebrating Canadian species: Bald eagle

Bald eagle (Photo by Keith Mombour)

Bald eagle (Photo by Keith Mombour)

It wasn’t the first time I’d seen a bald eagle. It wasn’t even the first time I’d seen a bald eagle that winter, but it was by far the most emotional.I had recently relocated from Montreal to Victoria, and the constant...

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