Exploring Elora

Elora Quarry (Photo by Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

Earlier this summer, my friends and I took a day trip to Elora, Ontario, to visit the Elora Quarry and Elora Gorge conservation areas. Elora is a small town near Guelph, about a 90-minute drive west of Toronto. The drive there was very scenic,...

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Rediscovering food from our own backyards

Me holding a beaked hazelnut (Photo by NCC)

Another week has gone by, and the time has come where I look at my empty cupboards and realize that I cannot put off grocery shopping any longer. Grudgingly, I pack up my reusable bags and head across the street to the grocery store. I browse...

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Tails from the Field: Mapping the way to conservation

Using a GPS to find sign coordinates at Fishing Lake, ON (Photo by Nick Tardif)

Using a GPS to find sign coordinates at Fishing Lake, ON (Photo by Nick Tardif)

If you've ever been frustrated when your car’s GPS directed you the wrong way, you know the plight of the conservation biologist. Staff at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) rely heavily on GPS systems, maps and co-ordinates. And we're...

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What the heck is a neotenic salamander?

Lemon-yellow prehistoric-looking creature that I later found out to be a western tiger salamander (Photo by Sherry Nigro)

My dad told me about it during a phone call. A neighbour had discovered some weird, not-seen-here-before creatures in his dugout. Bright yellow ones, dark ones, some with frills around their necks like miniature dinosaurs; these creatures were...

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A natural misconception

The lake near the campsite (Photo by Logan Salm/NCC staff)

The idea that nature is silent is a lie. Nature is loud, and sometimes obnoxiously so, especially when you’ve been paddling or hiking all day and just want to fall sleep. Don’t get me wrong: I’ll take the sounds of nature over...

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Grandfather nature

My grandfather and I on a sailboat at the 2013 Hunter Family Reunion at Inver Huron Beach, ON (Photo courtesy of Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

I partly owe my love of nature to my grandfather. He likely developed his own fascination with nature from growing up on a farm in the historic Meadowvale Village in Mississauga, Ontario. When I was three years old, my grandfather moved into a...

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Back to school: How to incorporate nature into a busy school schedule

People taking a walk in the park (Photo by Garry Knight, CC BY-SA 2.0)

One of the greatest challenges as a student is managing your time. Speaking from experience, it is all too easy to get caught up in a sea of busyness without realizing it. With demanding class schedules, tight assignment deadlines, extracurricular...

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Where are they now? Conservation Intern alumni spotlight

Eve Desmarais at her office at Environment and Climate Change Canada (Photo courtesy of Eve Desmarais)

This blog is the second in a series of stories highlighting some of the individuals who have interned with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Follow along as I interview NCC Conservation Intern alumni from across the country, and learn more...

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Bringing nature to you: The power of houseplants

Office plants (Photo by J. Pilsack, Wikimedia Commons)

Office plants can help clean the air and brighten any room (Photo by J. Pilsack, Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve always loved plants. I like their colour, their smell and the feeling I get when I’m surrounded by them, both inside and outside the house. Last year, I started covering the entire windowsill of my bedroom with plants and...

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Obituary for a curlew

An Eskimo curlew taxidermy is likely the only way to see this species in the flesh nowadays. (Photo taken at the Royal Ontario Museum by Dan Kraus/NCC staff)

It’s probably unusual to think about writing an obituary for a bird. But the story of the Eskimo curlew recently led me to do just that: Eskimo curlew (Numenius borealis), after a long battle with market hunting and habitat loss, passed...

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