Sunset on Long Point, ON (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Sunset on Long Point, ON (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Stories From the Field

  • 2017 Boughton Island beach cleanup (Photo by NCC)
    Seeing the difference: How long-term stewardship benefits landscapes

    Ongoing land stewardship is a core part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) mission, and something we couldn’t do without the support of volunteers. Since 2006, 18,790 volunteers have taken part in NCC’s Conservation Volunteers (CV) program, supporting more than 1,500 projects on NCC conservation sites from coast to coast.
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  • Spotted Salamander (Photo by Bill Hubick)
    Searching for salamanders in Ontario’s everglades

    Find our how these small, often overlooked creatures led to the conservation of NCC's Tom Wilcox Nature Reserve in the Minesing Wetlands.
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  • Pink lady's-slipper, ON (Photo by NCC)
    All’s fair in love and pollination

    Learn how orchids are some of nature’s most accomplished tricksters.
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  • Little brown bat. Wildlife should only be handled by professionals with the correct permits. (Photo by Toby Thorne)
    The bats of Happy Valley Forest

    Flying quietly in the darkness of the night, well after the sun has set on Ontario’s Happy Valley Forest, are some of Canada’s smallest mammals.
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  • Blue-spotted salamander (Photo by Iron Chris/Wikimedia Commons)
    Expanding the forest

    NCC has an opportunity to expand the 1,850-acre (749-hectare) Backus Woods protected area. By adding nearly 10 per cent to Backus Woods, NCC will increase a connected network of habitat for the many rare and at-risk species that need the forest to thrive.
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  • Saugeen Bruce Peninsula, ON (Photo by Kas Stone)
    Planning to protect the beautiful Bruce

    Last year, thanks in part to the support of Bruce Power, NCC conservation staff expanded the Natural Area Conservation Plan for the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula.
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  • Minesing Wetlands bioblitz, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Thank you to our volunteers

    With your help, we really made an impact for conservation.
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  • Looking down over Big Trout Bay, Lake Superior, ON (Photo by NCC)
    55 years of conservation success in Ontario

    In 1968, NCC conserved its very first natural area — Cavan Swamp and Bog in Ontario
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  • Wild lupine, Lake Erie Farms, ON (Photo by Mary Gartshore)
    A busy year in the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area

    2017 proved to be a great year for one of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) most southern natural areas.
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  • Shoreline view, Little Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Brian Banks)
    Come together: A week-long bioblitz adventure at Big Trout Bay

    Brian Banks on the successful bioblitz at NCC's Big Trout Bay property in Ontario.
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  • Volunteers pulling garlic mustard at Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Miguel Hortiguela)
    Getting the garlic out of the forest

    Thanks to a new partnership with Box of Crayons, NCC is getting help ridding Happy Valley Forest of invasive garlic mustard.
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  • Restored wetland, Pelee Island, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Restoring Ontario’s deep south

    Find out how NCC is creating a haven for species at risk by transforming former agricultural fields to wetlands and meadows on Pelee Island.
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  • Sometimes the dragonflies are easier to find than you would think! Brittany Hope with a dragonfly, ON, Carden Alvar (Photo by NCC)
    Chasing Butterflies on the Carden Alvar

    This July, NCC staff, along with almost 50 volunteers, came out to Carden Alvar, near Orillia, Ontario, to count butterflies and dragonflies.
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  • Red-headed woodpecker (Photo by David Fast)
    Saving the birds on the Rice Lake Plains

    How partnerships are helping protect habitat for grassland birds.
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  • Snapping turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)
    Please give turtles (and snakes) a brake!

    While on the road this spring, please keep an eye out for any suspicious looking sticks or rocks on the road – they could be snakes or turtles!
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  • Participants in the Trees for Schools Program (photo courtesy of Copernicus Educational Products)
    Helping get Ontario kids’ hands dirty

    Copernicus Educational Products launches its eighth annual Trees for Schools program
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