NCC's new Happy Valley Forest Hike Series

Participants listen in as Todd Farrell talks about the plants in Happy Valley Forest (Photo by Evelyn Senyi)

City, meet nature “How far do you think we are from Dundas Square?” It’s an odd question that Todd Farrell, coordinator of conservation biology in central Ontario for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), poses to a group of...

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Cadence: Reflections from the trail

Trail at Many Glacier (Photo by Erica Thompson/NCC staff)

“Humans are animals and like all animals we leave tracks as we walk: signs of passage made in snow, sand, mud, grass, dew, earth or moss.... We easily forget that we are track-markers, though, because most of our journeys now occur on...

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So you'd like to see a warbler...

Black-and-white warbler (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC staff)

I like birding at just about any point of the year, but spring birding brings a certain excitement after a long winter season. Throughout Canada, warblers and other songbirds are starting to flock to landscapes that were recently quiet. Many are...

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Paradise for daytrippers and stargazers

Star trails over Butala Homestead in OMB at dawn, SK (Photo by Alan Dyer)

Star trails over Butala Homestead in OMB at dawn, SK (Photo by Alan Dyer)

Imagine plains so vast and wide that the night sky is flooded with stars and the Milky Way as far as the eye can see. There is one Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property renowned for its rolling grasslands and nightscape: Old Man on His Back...

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Through the lens I see a beautiful Earth

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Large format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

An avid photographer may do just about anything to get the perfect shot: whether contorting their body (to shoot in a novel perspective), hiding for hours on end to catch a glimpse of a rarity, or, in the same light, trekking through all types of...

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Four ways I’m making 2016 a year for nature

American tree sparrow (Photo by NCC)

American tree sparrow (Photo by NCC)

Ah, January! Time for a new year, a fresh start and a list of resolutions to be forgotten by February. Not so in 2016! This year, I’ve decided on a resolution that will not only be beneficial for my physical and mental well-being, but also...

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Why nature conservation matters to me: A downtowner’s perspective

Author Michael Paskewitz at Cheakamus Lake, BC (Photo courtesy of Michael Paskewitz)

Author Michael Paskewitz at Cheakamus Lake, BC (Photo courtesy of Michael Paskewitz)

As someone who was born and raised in big cities, people sometimes ask me why I care at all about nature conservation. Some people think it’s odd when someone who did not grow up with nature in their backyard ends up with a passion for...

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Why Canada needs more forest conservation

Forest in Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville (Photo by NCC)

Forest in Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville (Photo by NCC)

Canada is a nation defined by many things: multiculturalism, hockey, universal health care, politeness, eh? We’re also a nation defined by our landscapes. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King once referred to Canada as a country with...

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Found it!

Our geocaching team: 141girls, named after our dorm room number. (Photo by Raechel Bonomo/ NCC staff)

Our geocaching team: 141girls, named after our dorm room number. (Photo by Raechel Bonomo/ NCC staff)

Saturday August 15 is International Geocaching Day! Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt, with caches (or treasure chests) ranging from micro to macro in size hidden throughout various terrains outdoors. The caches are found by using GPS...

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A first timer at the Festival of Birds

Going birding at the southernmost tip of mainland Canada! (Photo by Wendy Ho/NCC staff)

Going birding at the southernmost tip of mainland Canada! (Photo by Wendy Ho/NCC staff)

I love to travel. But travelling stresses me out when my focus is on optimizing every second for sightseeing with a tightly packed itinerary. A few weeks ago, I had a chance to reconcile those feelings on a trip to Point Pelee and Pelee Island...

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