Uncovering the magic of winter wildlife

Meeting Lake 03, SK (Photo by NCC)

Meeting Lake 03, SK (Photo by NCC)

While attending college in Winnipeg, my classmate and I used to walk north from the campus at the corner of Shaftesbury and Grant streets to explore the different sections of Assiniboine Park. As the school year was between September and April,...

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Lessons in winter wildlife photography

Male cardinal (Photo by Lorne)

Male cardinal (Photo by Lorne)

Distant memories of my first film camera come to mind when I think about photography. Its silver colour and round dials looked impressive, everything was manual, all decisions were mine and feedback was non-existent, until the film was processed....

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Canada's bats in crisis

Little brown myotis (Photo by Brock Fenton)

Little brown myotis (Photo by Brock Fenton)

I’ll never forget the first time I saw a cloud of little brown myotis bats flying in broad daylight at the coldest time of the year in January. There was something vaguely disturbing and peculiar about seeing them fluttering around against 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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My tree: a poem

Poem by Irene Bilobeau (Photo by NCC)

Poem by Irene Bilobeau (Photo by NCC)

In the spirit of the holidays, we at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) would like to share a kind message and poem sent to us by Irène Bilodeau, a long-time donor and supporter of NCC. Her prize-winning poem, awarded by the village of...

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Owl angels in the snow

Have you ever seen an owl's snow angel? (Photo by Jaimee Dupont/NCC staff)

Have you ever seen an owl's snow angel? (Photo by Jaimee Dupont/NCC staff)

My hometown is a small, lovely and isolated boreal mining town in northern Manitoba. On a recent trip back to visit family, my husband and I were out for an evening walk when we stopped alongside the edge of town to marvel at the silence. That...

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Not just mallards

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

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

Here in Toronto, winter and waterfowl don’t necessarily sound like two things that should go together. But the truth is, while some birds (and people) escape Ontario’s cold winter by heading down to Florida, others migrate from the...

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Ingredients of a great explorer (Part Two)

TA and her group walking the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal (Photo by TA Loeffler)

TA and her group walking the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal (Photo by TA Loeffler)

Excerpts and images are taken with permission from TA Loeffler's blog, Adventures that Move. So you want to be an adventurer? In Part One I described how being an adventurer, storyteller and teacher are all part of what makes TA Loeffler one of...

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Ingredients of a great explorer (Part One)

A view of the Antarctica landscape - taken during TA’s expedition to climb Antarctica’s highest peak (Photo by TA Loeffler)

A view of the Antarctica landscape - taken during TA’s expedition to climb Antarctica’s highest peak (Photo by TA Loeffler)

Excerpts and images are taken with permission from TA Loeffler's blog, Adventures that Move. Earlier this week the local newspaper caught my eye with the headline, “Local woman named one of country’s greatest modern explorers.”...

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Adventures on snowshoe

Tracks in the forest of NCC's Lincoln Wetland Nature Reserve in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Tracks in the forest of NCC's Lincoln Wetland Nature Reserve in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

I started snowshoeing regularly last winter, and I am hooked! One of the things I love about it is being able to explore areas that are not easily accessible for most of the year. For instance, crossing a large expanse of wetland can be an...

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