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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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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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