A bird (book) in the hand: Birds of Nunavut and UBC Press’s legacy of ornithological publishing

Left to right: Alexa Love (catalogues and advertising manager and cover designer for Birds of Nunavut), Melissa Pitts (director) and Holly Keller (assistant director, production and editorial services)

Left to right: Alexa Love (catalogues and advertising manager and cover designer for Birds of Nunavut), Melissa Pitts (director) and Holly Keller (assistant director, production and editorial services)

In my early days working at University of British Columbia (UBC) Press, I was tasked with maintaining the shelves used to house old and new UBC Press books. As I was shelving books one afternoon, I noticed large volumes of books, seemingly out of...

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October roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Polar bear (Photo by Ansgar Walk)

Polar bear (Photo by Ansgar Walk)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in October 2018. Climbing back from...

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Get to know 10 of Canada’s most significant (and big!) natural areas

(Photo by iStock)

(Photo by iStock)

Large, intact natural areas are home to Canada’s most valuable ecosystems. These spaces are key to our quality of life. Canada’s forests, grasslands, wetlands and coastal areas absorb carbon dioxide, provide buffers for flooding,...

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Top 10 backpack essentials for any nature lover

Hiking gear (CC0 Public Domain)

Hiking gear (CC0 Public Domain)

Nature enthusiasts know there is nothing better than experiencing all of the sights, sounds and smells that nature has to offer. With an abundant variety of beautiful landscapes in Canada, it’s no wonder the great outdoors call to...

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A Canadian winter warrior

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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Students on Ice: Q&A with NCC President and CEO, John Lounds

John Lounds at Sirmilik National Park (Photo by NCC)

John Lounds at Sirmilik National Park (Photo by NCC)

Earlier this month, John Lounds, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) president and CEO, set sail from Resolute Bay, Nunavut, to explore the Arctic with Students on Ice. As this is a place that very few Canadians have had the...

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An ode to narwhal (Part One)

Narwhal (Illustration by David Scheirer)

Narwhal (Illustration by David Scheirer)

a pod of magic /breaks through the floe /what a peculiar way / (Inspired by Moby Dick) The whale series returns with Ishmael’s nostril whale, a.k.a. the narwhal. Whether you pronounce its name nar-wall or nar-whale, this creature’s...

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Why Canada matters on World Wetlands Day

Wetlands in the Marion Creek Benchlands, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Wetlands in the Marion Creek Benchlands, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

While other nations have picked wetland wildlife, such as Finland’s whooper swan or Pakistan’s Indus crocodile, to represent their country, Canada is the only country in the world that has selected a wetland engineer as its national...

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An ode to whale (Part Two)

Blue whale (Illustration by Denise Wong)

Blue whale (Illustration by Denise Wong)

morning! /he takes in the salt /retiring to depth / (Inspired by Eden Killer Whale Museum) Facts: Baleen, also known as whalebone, is not bone. Baleen is the bristly drapery that lines the mouth of a dozen species of whales, including the...

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Learning to listen to the land

The band in action with our throat-singing friends Lynda Brown and Heidi Langille (Photo by Dan Roy)

The band in action with our throat-singing friends Lynda Brown and Heidi Langille (Photo by Dan Roy)

What does “tracing one warm line” mean to you? You may recognize the phrase from the classic Canadian folk song, Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage.” It describes a journey into a mythological northern homeland that we...

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