Digging deep into Groundhog Day

Groundhog (Photo by Cephas/Wikimedia Commons)

Groundhog Day is a tradition that has always been dear to my heart, probably because it also falls on my birthday. Even though I’m not a groundhog, my family and friends used to tease me by saying that if I didn’t see my shadow on my...

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Natural Continuities: Connecting to nature through photography

Looking out over a pond at the MacMillan Nature Preserve. (Photo by Sara Schiavello)

This month, our class from Mr. Senisi’s Grade 12 photography class at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School in Woodbridge, Ontario, hosted a photography exhibit called Natural Continuities: A Photography Exhibit in Honour of Lyn...

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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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Greenspace makes for great headspace

Hikers in Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)

Hikers in Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)

The natural world has always been my fall-back position. Whenever life got too busy, scary or stressful or even when it was at its most fulfilling, I seemed to want, in fact to need, to find some green space to process it all, for a while. As a...

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Take them to feel the forest: Winter sensory activities for kids

Snowshoeing in Parc de la Gatineau, QC (Photo by DJ)

Snowshoeing in Parc de la Gatineau, QC (Photo by DJ)

I‘ve walked in the woods all my life, but it wasn't until I took young children with me that I noticed how fascinated they were with the variety of textures found in their surroundings. Kids can spend hours feeling, building, touching and...

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NCC staff share their Natural Happy Places (Part One)

NCC BC staff at Kumdis River Conservation Area (Photo by NCC)

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we have staff members from across the country, each bringing a unique perspective to conservation nationally and in their home province. From forests to coastlines, like every Canadian, NCC staff have...

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Let's make a toast to stopping feeding bread to birds

Mallards — male on the left, female on the right. (Photo by Pia Kaukoranta/NCC staff)

Mallards - male on the left and female on the right. (Photo by Pia Kaukoranta/NCC staff)

Junk food is great, but I bet you wouldn’t eat it every day for a week, at the risk of feeling terrible at the end of it. You know it tastes good but it lacks nutritional content and I’m pretty sure parents don’t want to feed...

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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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Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity with micro conservation

Biodiversity (Graphic by NCC)

There’s nothing like the potential loss of Earth’s rich biodiversity and planetary life support systems to make one feel, well, a little overwhelmed. Our individual actions can seem like small roles on a very big stage. But it’s...

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Lessons learned from Mother Goose: How I learned to appreciate Canada geese through three seasons of careful observation

Canada goose (Photo by Denise Harris)

Sometimes we don’t know what we have until we lose it, and that is exactly how I feel about Canada geese this spring. This year, I have discovered the territorial a flock of Canada geese who conveniently bred in my urban backyard for the...

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