An ideal spot for bird viewing

American avocet (Photo by NCC)

American avocet (Photo by NCC)

The Chaplin-Old Wives-Reed Lake area in southwestern Saskatchewan has always been my ideal location for bird viewing, and especially for shorebirds — my favourite group of birds to watch! Abundant American avocets, sanderlings, sandpipers,...

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Shrub planting party in the Qu’Appelle Valley

Shrub planting party at Echo Creek (Photo by Shirley Greg)

Shrub planting party at Echo Creek (Photo by Shirley Greg)

This June volunteers, including SaskEnergy and Farm Credit Canada employees, helped to stabilize Echo Creek. Echo Creek is placed within the Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed, which has been heavily altered. Due to these alterations, larger volumes...

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What I love about Canada

Bison at Old Man On His Back, SK (Photo by Gail Chin)

Bison at Old Man On His Back, SK (Photo by Gail Chin)

Summer road trips were an essential part of my childhood growing up, and they’ve been part of my own family’s summers. They’re a chance for me to turn off the computer, step away from the office and spend time reconnecting with...

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Up close and personal with a green heron

Green-backed heron (Photo by Keith Barr)

Green-backed heron (Photo by Keith Barr)

On May 07, 2014 I noticed a report on the Saskbirds website (a Yahoo discussion forum about the natural history of Saskatchewan's birds) of a green heron sighting at Dunnet Park near Avonlea, Saskatchewan. Two friends of mine went out to see the...

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For the love of prairies: celebrating Native Prairie Appreciation Week

Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Uncultivated, wild prairie wool has a certain beauty and grace about it, and somehow also a sense of timelessness. Prairie landscapes are dynamic and always changing in subtle ways, yet remain unchanged in many other ways. There is an estimated...

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Heterogeneity in grassland conservation? These university students say yes!

Buffalo Valley, SK (Photo by NCC)

Buffalo Valley, SK (Photo by NCC)

Should heterogeneity be a new buzz-word in grassland conservation? OK, maybe it’s not the easiest word to say or remember but according to ongoing research, the answer is a resounding, "Yes."During the winter of 2014, students in a landscape...

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A nature treasure hunt: Keeping an eye out on the Asquith North properties

Jody Bush at Asquith North, SK (Photo by NCC)

Jody Bush at Asquith North, SK (Photo by NCC)

About a year ago I came across a Facebook post about volunteering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as a property steward. My partner, John, and I are always looking for excuses to get out of the city and explore nature so this program...

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Engaging post secondary students in real-world conservation

Fairy Hill, SK (Photo by NCC)

Fairy Hill, SK (Photo by NCC)

Over the past few years, science and stewardship staff in the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Saskatchewan Region have been working closely with universities to engage post-secondary students in conservation work in the province. A key...

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Thanks for the memories: Reflecting on a career in conservation almost four decades in the making

Riding horses at Old Man on His Back Ranch (Phto by Bob Santo)

Riding horses at Old Man on His Back Ranch (Phto by Bob Santo)

There are some moments in life that are remembered by their sights, sounds and smells. For me, one of the most memorable moments in my 10-year career at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is defined by the sound of dozens of hoofs drumming the...

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