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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Gratitude for Gaff Point: A winter hike

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

The natural undisturbed beauty of Nova Scotia is alluring for many. Visitors are drawn to the vast ocean views, long sandy beaches, and pristine forests. Yet on more than one occasion, when people arrive they are quick to cut down trees and build...

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My 2013 Christmas Bird Count story: Why I've become a regular CBC participant

Snowy owl (Photo by Chris Moncrieff)

Snowy owl (Photo by Chris Moncrieff)

There is a very cohesive feeling that comes with participating in a Christmas Bird Count. For more than 100 years, citizens across the Americas have been coming together between December 14 and January 5 to spy, spot, listen for, photograph and...

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This New Year's, make a resolution to get outdoors, no matter what the weather!

Winter smile (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

Winter smile (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

So, it’s a little chilly? That’s no reason to stay indoors. I make it a point to stay connected with nature year round. In fact, I enjoy being outdoors for a hike more in the winter than in any other time of year. Here are my top 11...

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This holiday, take time to enjoy the winter wonderland

Winter hiking on the Niagara Escarpment (photo by Al Thompson)

Winter hiking on the Niagara Escarpment (Photo by Al Thompson)

With winter storms battering the country from coast to coast and the mercury dropping, it's easy to want to huddle inside by the fireplace. But most of us find that we're happier when we get outside. For my husband and me, some of our happiest...

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