Three creative ways to reach people with conservation content

Conservation Volunteers event at Bunchberry Meadows (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers event at Bunchberry Meadows (Photo by NCC)

Nature conservation could not exist without conservationists. To keep this important work going, it is necessary to get as many people involved as possible. Conservation work can be fun and exciting, but it's also work. So how can we best reach...

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10 fascinating facts about beavers

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

First launched in 2009 by non-profit organization Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife (BWW), International Beaver Day celebrates the rodent’s environmental contributions and its important role in shaping landscapes. The dams that beavers build...

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Go wild for wildlife

Snow leopard (Photo by Eric Kilby/Wikimedia Commons)

Snow leopard (Photo by Eric Kilby/Wikimedia Commons)

March 3 is World Wildlife Day, an annual event started by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 to help raise awareness and encourage the celebration of our planet’s wildlife. In honour of this occasion, here are some ideas for...

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Mark your calendars: June 5 is World Environment Day!

Volunteers at James Island (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers at James Island (Photo by NCC)

Are you ready to celebrate? I hope so, because this year Canada is hosting World Environment Day on June 5, 2017, with UN Environment, and it is going to be fun! World Environment Day is an opportunity for all of us to encourage worldwide...

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10 tweetable facts about turtles

Snapping turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Snapping turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

World Turtle Day, May 23, is an annual occasion that American Tortoise Rescue began 17 years ago to honour and promote turtle and tortoise conservation around the world. Sadly, global turtle and tortoise populations are declining because of...

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12 tweetable facts about Chinese zodiac animals

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the first day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar. The tradition, believed to have started as early as 2300 BC, is based on a 12-year-long cycle, with each year in the cycle corresponding to a particular...

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A plea for conservation

Iceberg off of Maddox Cove, NL (Photo by Ronald Stone/Stone Island Photography)

Iceberg off of Maddox Cove, NL (Photo by Ronald Stone/Stone Island Photography)

Sir David Attenborough is a name that has become synonymous with conservation. Reuniting with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Natural History Unit, Attenborough and the BBC have come together once again to follow up their widely...

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Take only Poké Balls, leave only footprints: Tips and tricks for Pokémon Go users for getting up close and personal with nature

Gaff Point in Kingsburg, Lunenburg County, NS (Photo by NCC)

Gaff Point in Kingsburg, Lunenburg County, NS (Photo by NCC)

It’s safe to say Pokémon Go has made a Gyarados-sized splash for mobile users around the world. The app (which is not yet available in Canada) is turning smart phones into a window to a virtual reality where you can see a Bulbasaur in...

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Read with NCC this summer

Reading outdoors (Photo by Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons)

Reading outdoors (Photo by Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons)

You’re probably thinking that a summer reading list must contain light, beachy books. This list is different: there are no protagonists trying to fit their dream wedding dress into an overstuffed closet or to solve a murder in the English...

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Talking science with the younger generation

Wildflowers on Pine Ridge, Alberta (Photo by Bob Lee)

Wildflowers on Pine Ridge, Alberta (Photo by Bob Lee)

For the past five or six years I’ve spent my summers working outdoors with kids and animals, teaching the kids about the environment, which is essentially a fancier way of saying I worked at a summer camp for far longer than is socially...

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