A laid-back Nature Destination on the Atlantic Ocean

Thomas Island, PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Visitors to PEI often comment about the laid-back, friendly nature of the people who live here, and in the Maritimes in general. I’ve given this some thought, and concluded this attitude is not only because of generations of inherently...

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Places worth protecting: Atlantic Canada

Crabbes River, NL (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Crabbes River, NL (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we like to say we produce results you can walk on. Without a doubt, the lands that NCC protects are the primary measure of our effectiveness and contribution to the conservation of Canadian nature in all...

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There are bears on Prince Edward Island

Marine tardigrade, known affectionately as a 'water bear'. (Photo by Emma Perry)

What’s that, you say? There are bears on PEI? Yes! Well, sort of. Tiny, microscopic water bears! I live in Prince Edward Island, the smallest Canadian province, with the highest population density. We have a long history of humans living on...

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Women in conservation: Julie Vasseur

Julie Vasseur (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes. Julie...

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The Migratory Bird Treaty turns 100!

Woman, wearing a large feathered hat and boa, posing for a portrait (Photo by John Oxley Library, Public Domain)

This year we mark the centennial of the convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the protection of migratory birds — also called the Migratory Bird Treaty — that was signed on August 16, 1916. A century...

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In pictures: Ten years of planting, pulling and birding for conservation

Birders join in on the CV fun in Codroy, NFLD, 2013. (Photo by NCC)

Birders join in on the CV fun. Codroy, NFLD 2013 (Photo by NCC)

A picture is worth a thousand words. It is a visual representation of a moment in time, captured within a frame, and serves as a memory of an event. In the 10 years of the Conservation Volunteer (CV) program, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)...

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Photographic evidence that an island is worth protecting

Josh Noseworthy taking a photo of Governor's Island, PEI. (Photo by Sean Landsman)

Josh Noseworthy taking a photo of Governor's Island, PEI. (Photo by Sean Landsman)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), as I’m sure the readers of this blog already know, plays a crucial role in conservation efforts across Canada. Through hard work and determination, NCC keeps ecologically important lands in their...

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Lichen hotspot discovered on Prince Edward Island

North Enmore nature reserve, PEI (Photo by Troy McMullin)

North Enmore nature reserve, PEI. Lichen-rich woodlands are in the background. (Photo by Troy McMullin)

In the fall of 2014 my colleague, Rachel Deloughery, and I travelled throughout Prince Edward Island in search of lichen. We visited 63 locations that had the potential of being good lichen habitat. Many of the areas were rich with lichens, but...

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Conservation Conversations: A speakers series in PEI

Governors Island, Prince Edward Island (Photo by NCC)

Governors Island, Prince Edward Island (Photo by NCC)

Prince Edward Island is a small province, full of heart. We have beautiful landscapes and unique ecosystems. As Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in PEI, I feel blessed to work in this province where co-operation is the...

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Urban gardens and conservation

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Usually when you hear about land conservation, it usually refers to the conservation of places that are still “wild” — meaning they haven’t undergone any large-scale urbanization. However, we often forget about urban...

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