In pictures: Ten years of planting, pulling and birding for conservation

Birders join in on the CV fun in Codroy, NFLD, 2013. (Photo by NCC)

Birders join in on the CV fun in Codroy, NFLD, 2013. (Photo by NCC)

April 11, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo | 1 Comments

A picture is worth a thousand words. It is a visual representation of a moment in time, captured within a frame, and serves as a memory of an event. In the 10 years of the Conservation Volunteer (CV) program, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has created many of these picturesque moments across Canada.

Far surpassing the word count of a photograph is the number of hours spend by our  volunteers on NCC properties coast to coast. In 2015 alone, more 2,500 volunteers helped NCC work on properties across the country.

Volunteer for Nature volunteer John Larose on Clear Creek, ON. 2003 (Photo by Bronwen Smith)

Volunteer for Nature volunteer John Larose on Clear Creek, ON. 2003 (Photo by Bronwen Smith)

Volunteering has been a quintessential aspect of NCC's work since its inception in 1962; however a formal program was first established in 2001. Referred to as "Volunteer for Nature," NCC established a partnership with Ontario Nature (then known as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists) to create opportunities to connect people in Ontario to nature. Volunteer for Nature expanded westward in 2006 and eventually became Conservation Volunteers, a program now available to nature enthusiasts all over Canada.

The early days of CV saw Canadians from across the country working toward conservation. We've gathered some of our favourite images from the begining of CV (2006-2011):

  • Smiling CVs from one of Alberta's first CV events '06 (Photo by NCC)
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    Smiling CVs from one of Alberta's first CV events '06 (Photo by NCC)
  • Palmer CV event in AB, '07 (Photo by NCC)
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    Palmer CV event in AB, '07 (Photo by NCC)
  • By '08 CVs were blooming across Canada. Barachois planting, ATL(Photo by NCC)
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    By '08 CVs were blooming across Canada. Barachois planting, ATL(Photo by NCC)
  • Call of Piping Plover event '08, AB (Photo by NCC)
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    Call of Piping Plover event '08, AB (Photo by NCC)
  • Surveying orchids in '08 at Tall Grass Prairie, MB (Photo by NCC)
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    Surveying orchids in '08 at Tall Grass Prairie, MB (Photo by NCC)
  • Hiking the Headlands event '09, Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Derek Driver)
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    Hiking the Headlands event '09, Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Derek Driver)
  • CV event at Sandstone Ranch, AB in '09 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV event at Sandstone Ranch, AB in '09 (Photo by NCC)
  • CV events sometimes feature unique transportation. AB, '09 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV events sometimes feature unique transportation. AB '09 (Photo by NCC)
  • Our largest CV to date! Bloodroot Survey, '09 in MB (Photo by NCC)
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    Our largest CV to date! Bloodroot Survey, '09 in MB (Photo by NCC)
  • CVs on NCC's Kerr property, AB, '10 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs on NCC's Kerr property, AB, '10 (Photo by NCC)
  • Rain or shine, CVs work toward conservation. Musquash, NB '10 (Photo by NCC)
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    Rain or shine, CVs work toward conservation. Musquash, NB '10 (Photo by NCC)
  • Hands of all sizes help keep shorelines clean in NS. '11 (Photo by NCC)
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    Hands of all sizes help keep shorelines clean in NS. '11 (Photo by NCC)
  • CVs were all smiles at Fairy Hill, SK in '11 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs were all smiles at Fairy Hill, SK in '11 (Photo by NCC)
  • Removing invasive species, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC. '11(Photo by NCC)
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    Removing invasive species, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC. '11(Photo by NCC)

 

As the years went on, more and more Canadians were joining NCC's growing list of CV events. From planting native species to cleaning up shorelines, CVs across the nation have worked hard to ensure a better future for conservation. Below, our favourite moments from 2012 - 2015:

  • CV events are often surrounded by nature's beauty. AB, 2012 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV events are often surrounded by nature's beauty. AB, 2012 (Photo by NCC)
  • Little hands at work on Baie Verte, NB 2012 (Photo by NCC)
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    Little hands at work on Baie Verte, NB 2012 (Photo by NCC)
  • Making new friends on Maymont 4, SK. '12 (Photo by NCC)
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    Making new friends on Maymont 4, SK. '12 (Photo by NCC)
  • CVs of all ages learn about nature. Baie Verte, NB '12 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs of all ages learn about nature at Baie Verte, NB '12 (Photo by NCC)
  • Birders join in on the CV fun. Codroy, NL in 2013 (Photo by NCC)
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    Birders join in on the CV fun. Codroy, NL in 2013 (Photo by NCC)
  • CVs shack up on the Conway Sandhills in PEI, '13 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs shack up on the Conway Sandhills in PEI, '13 (Photo by NCC)
  • High-fiving after a great tree planting event in QC! '13 (Photo by NCC)
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    High-fiving after a great tree planting event in QC! '13 (Photo by NCC)
  • The Motley Crew at Sandy Point, NL '13 (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)
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    The Motley Crew at Sandy Point, NL '13 (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)
  • CVs keep shorelines clean at the Escuminac Bioblitz, NB. '14 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs keep shorelines clean at the Escuminac Bioblitz, NB. '14 (Photo by NCC)
  • Ready, set, canoe at Murray Harbour, PEI. '14 (Photo by NCC)
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    Ready, set, canoe at Murray Harbour, PEI. '14 (Photo by NCC)
  • CV installing mountain bluebird box at Gambling Lake, AB. '14 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV installing mountain bluebird box at Gambling Lake, AB. '14 (Photo by NCC)
  • CV pulls invasive garlic mustard on Oxley, ON. '15 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV pulls invasive garlic mustard on Oxley, ON. '15 (Photo by NCC)
  • CVs working hard on Brossard, QC. '15 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs working hard on Brossard, QC. '15 (Photo by NCC)
  • CV help protect species big and small. Silver River, NS '15 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV help protect species big and small. Silver River, NS '15 (Photo by NCC)
  • Working together at the Burrowing Owl Dig, BC '15 (Photo by E R Bramble)
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    Working together at the Burrowing Owl Dig, BC '15 (Photo by E R Bramble)

 

 Make sure to keep an eye on our Upcoming Events to sign up for CV opportunity near you.

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Raechel Bonomo is the editorial coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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