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

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

Stories From the Field

  • 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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  • Lions Club tree planting, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Volunteers lend a hand in southwestern Ontario

    NCC hosted a successful weekend of volunteer events!
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  • Prescribed burn on Hazel Bird property, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Igniting restoration on the Rice Lake Plains

    Each year, for the last 11 years, NCC has set fire to the Rice Lake Plains. It sounds odd — a conservation organization setting fire to a protected landscape — but fire is an important stewardship tool.
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  • Andrew Bartle, brewmaster at Creemore Springs Brewery's Batch Gastropub in Toronto (Photo by NCC)
    Good things brewing in Ontario

    NCC and Creemore Springs Brewery are celebrating 20 years of the Creemore Nature Preserve this January 2017. What better way to honour the partnership than with a special commemorative brew that's inspired by the plants that grow wild on the preserve?!
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  • NCC staff Gary White holds the Areomapper Talon drone after a successful training run (Photo by NCC)
    Happily droning on

    Thanks to a generous donation from Bruce Power, NCC’s work in Ontario is reaching new heights, with our new friendly eye in the sky.
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  • Example of viable chestnut (Photo by CCC)
    American chestnut partnership in Norfolk County

    A new partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Canadian Chestnut Council (CCC) is helping endangered American chestnut trees in Norfolk County in Ontario.
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  • Winter trail, Eastcourt, March 13, 1937 (Photo by Marion Ellis)
    Eastcourt winter wonder

    The Ontario Region has many natural areas to visit during these wondrous winter months, including the Eastcourt Nature Reserve.
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  • Willow Creek, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority)
    Where land and water meet

    Wetland complexes are unique ecosystems areas where land and water meet, creating one of the most productive habitats in North America for vulnerable wetland birds and animals. For many years, wetlands were thought of as wastelands, but wetlands provide important ecological services: they slow drainage flows from developed areas, both urban and rural, reducing floods, filtering out pollutants and trapping sediments. The importance of conserving these areas is becoming increasingly apparent.
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  • Waves crash on the northwestern Lake Superior Coast, Ontario (Photo by John Anderson)
    A conservation assessment for Lake Superior

    There is an almost unfathomable amount of freshwater in Lake Superior. With more water than all the other Great Lakes combined and 10 percent of all the Earth’s surface freshwater, its volume could cover our entire continent under one foot of water. It is also a lake of extraordinary biodiversity.
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