7 physical activity resolutions…Just in time for colder weather!

Snowman on frozen lake (Photo by Peritap, Wikimedia Commons)

Snowman on frozen lake (Photo by Peritap, Wikimedia Commons)

There are so many ways to be active while enjoying winter and all it has to offer.Don’t let the dark evenings and chilly weather stop you! Commit to keeping up your healthy active lifestyle with these tips and ideas. Resolve to make physical...

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Tales from the pond - Part 1

Kristyn Ferguson out for a snowy day of field work (Photo by NCC)

All in a day's work! Still smiling, even though the weather was somewhat colder than predicted! (Photo by NCC)

At a property owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in the Georgian Bay–Huronia subregion, a beautiful stream courses through a deciduous forest, providing excellent habitat for coldwater fish species including brown trout, and for...

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Finding nature at home

Toronto skyline (Photo by Taxiarchos228, Wikimedia Commons)

Toronto skyline (Photo by Taxiarchos228, Wikimedia Commons)

Nature and cities can seem like opposing ends of an ecological spectrum. Many see nature in its purist form only in wilderness — where our human influence is minimal, or at least hidden. Cities are the grey places on the map that testify to...

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Deep freeze frogs

Pulling the heavy sled (Photo by NCC)

Pulling the heavy sled (Photo by NCC)

It’s a chilly day in March when we meet with Dave Prescott, Alberta Fish and Wildlife species at risk biologist, amidst snow drifts and icicles at the Twin Butte General Store. Despite the weekend blizzard and challenging road conditions,...

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Snowy shutterbugs: My top six tips for winter photography

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))

Blue Mountain outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, December 27, 2013. It was late afternoon after a fresh snowfall. Like many people, I tend to keep my camera tucked away more often during winter. But the hike to the top of this granite ridge is rewarded...

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Family fun for winter: Show your love for nature this Valentine's and Family Day

Out for a snowshoe in Gatineau Parc, QC (Photo by DJ)

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

Imagine never having to hibernate again. Instead of watching endless movies you could be out enjoying nature; instead of spending countless hours on the computer or playing video games all weekend you could be out getting fresh air and having...

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Any bird you can spot, I can spot better: My backyard bird bonanza

Chickadee at feeder (Photo by Kaitlyn Finnegan)

Chickadee at feeder (Photo by Kaitlyn Finnegan)

As I washed dishes at my kitchen sink I saw a flicker out of the corner of my eye. By the time I looked up, my backyard and the high wooden birdfeeder filled with sunflower seeds were both perfectly still and empty. I looked back to the sink and a...

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Nature's Olympians

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

With our dedicated Canadian athletes headed into the 2014 Winter Olympics, we here at the Nature Conservancy of Canada started thinking about species that could step in for our Olympians, should they need a stand-in. We extended our curiosity out...

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Canada's favourite winter birds

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Paul Turbitt)

Black-capped chickadee (Photo by Paul Turbitt)

Winter can be a cold, bleak and depressing time of year, yet there is incredible beauty, if you know where to look. Birds that are usually hidden by dense foliage are revealed by the starkness of the frozen landscape. It is the perfect time to...

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Winter without central heat: How wildlife on the prairies survives

Three-flowered avens (Photo © Manitoba Museum)

Perennial plants like three-flowered avens store food in their thick taproots over the winter. (Photo © Manitoba Museum)

During frigid winter days I find myself marvelling at how wild plants and animals manage to survive the cold temperatures. As my current area of study involves flowering plants and their insect pollinators, these are the organisms that I will...

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