Appreciating hibernation

Richardson's ground squirrel (Photo by Charles Thomas Hash, Jr. CC-BY-NC)

Richardson's ground squirrel (Photo by Charles Thomas Hash, Jr. CC-BY-NC)

January 21 marks Squirrel Appreciation Day, an occasion meant to recognize squirrels’ importance in nature. It also happens to be the middle of winter, a time when many animals, including some squirrel species, are hibernating. To me, one of...

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Take a step off Highway 1

Valley View, SK (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Valley View, SK (Photo by Jason Bantle)

The sun shone brightly as the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced the conservation of the Valley View property. It was a beautiful time to be in the gorgeous Qu’Appelle Valley, only 20 minutes from Regina. The media event for the...

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Where are they now? Intern Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Dudragne

Ryan Dudragne (Photo courtesy of Ryan Dudragne)

Ryan Dudragne (Photo courtesy of Ryan Dudragne)

This blog marks the sixth Alumni Spotlight — a series highlighting individuals who have interned with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in the past. We ended 2018 featuring Andrew Ryckman and are kicking off 2019 with bird enthusiast...

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Puttin’ the boots to junk at Shoe Lake

Conservation Volunteers at the Shoe Lake West property (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

Conservation Volunteers at the Shoe Lake West property (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

Sometimes the best way to show your appreciation for critters and their habitat is to clean up what us humans have left lying around. That about sums up the purpose of a late-August Conservation Volunteers (CV) event at a Nature Conservancy of...

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Close encounters of a furry kind

Plains bison (Photo by NCC)

Plains bison (Photo by NCC)

Confession time: I am not a cowboy. There, I said it! My Carhartts have a lot more house paint on them than cow manure. My farming background is in grains (I am a proud agro and I used to be able to unload on the fly, sort of like these guys), and...

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If you’re Batman then I must be Robin, right?

Joe Poissant's (a.k.a. Batman's) office in the country (Photo by NCC)

Joe Poissant's (a.k.a. Batman's) office in the country (Photo by NCC)

I feel like there might be some real merit in an ecologist superhero movie. Hear me out before you rate me on Rotten Tomatoes. This summer I spent a couple of nights trying my best to help the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s)...

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Cozy one-bedroom bird house available for a low price

A bird box (Photo by NCC)

A bird box (Photo by NCC)

This spring, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) held a Conservation Volunteers event at NCC’s Edenwold property to install bird boxes. In typical Saskatchewan fashion, it had been 30 C all week, but as soon as the field day came, the...

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Location, location, location: Building real estate for cavity dwellers

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Lorne)

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Lorne)

The number of tree cavities are often limited on the landscape, but there are many different species that require cavities for their home (such as squirrels, bats and birds). As a result, cavities that suit the needs of a given species are a hot...

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Science is for the birds

MAPS station at Big Valley property, SK (Photo by NCC)

MAPS station at Big Valley property, SK (Photo by NCC)

As a summer intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I have had the opportunity to participate in many cool conservation activities. One of the neatest projects I got to work on this past summer was the MAPS station that NCC is running...

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Vinyl siding and the greater sage-grouse (really!)

Greater sage-grouse (Photo by Gordon Sherman © Audubon Canyon Ranch)

Greater sage-grouse (Photo by Gordon Sherman © Audubon Canyon Ranch)

I expect that most of us are aware of the hazards that office towers and other large buildings in urban areas pose to birds. Buildings are not much of a problem in rural Saskatchewan, but fences are. Those barely visible wires can be hazardous to...

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