Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Stories From the Field

  • Big brown bat (Photo by Brock Fenton)
    The Bats of Happy Valley Forest and Pottageville Swamp

    Bats are an important part of the ecosystem. Ontario has eight species of bats that depend on mature forests, wetlands and a healthy insect population.
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  • Black-capped chickadee, Hazel Bird Day, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by Cameron Curran)
    Celebrating the birds

    This May, NCC hosted its second Hazel Bird Day on the Rice Lake Plains.
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  • Large-flower trillium (Photo by Bernt Solymar)
    Take in Ontario this summer

    Ontario is home to diverse habitats. From the north shore of Lake Superior to Pelee Island in Lake Erie, the province is teeming with wildlife living in the forests, wetlands and grasslands that NCC is working to protect. We invite you to take a journey through some of the greatest examples of Ontario’s wild spaces, and foster your relationship with nature.
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  • Tagging an eastern loggerhead shrike in the Napanee Plain, ON (Photo by Vincent Luk/Evermaven)
    2018 was a great year in Ontario

    As the birds fly south, wetlands freeze and alvars become covered with snow, stewardship and conservation staff in Ontario have hung up their hats and put away their hiking boots for another season to take stock of what was accomplished.
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  • Big brown bat, Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Monitoring for myotis in Happy Valley Forest

    Throughout the past summer, NCC and the Toronto Zoo have been recording the echolocation calls of bats on and around NCC’s conservation lands in Happy Valley Forest.
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  • Bruce Peninsula National Park (CNW Group/Parks Canada)
    Driftwood Cove and Bruce Trail protected through collaboration

    Thanks to a collaboration between the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Parks Canada, eight kilometres of the Bruce Trail, along with 3,272 acres of Niagara Escarpment wilderness, is now protected for the long term.
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  • Wild male turkey (Photo by Wayne Dumbleton, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0)
    The conservation success of an unsung holiday hero

    The shining star of Thanksgiving spreads, this native North American gobbler wasn’t always in abundance.
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  • Carden Alvar, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Episode Four: The Home of the Butcher Bird

    This is the story of a globally rare ecosystem discovered by chance – and why it matters.
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  • Blanding's turtle, Frontenac Arch Natural Area, ON (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)
    Celebrating 125 years of partnership with Ontario Parks

    For more than 20 years, NCC has been working to conserve the biodiversity of the Frontenac Arch. But they haven’t been working alone. Ontario Parks has been a key, long-term partner in this area of Ontario.
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  • Eastern loggerhead shrike, Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by Vincent Luk/Evermaven)
    Saving the shrikes

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced the protection of 78 acres (31 hectares) of key eastern loggerhead shrike habitat north of Napanee.
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  • Twelve-spotted skimmer, dragonfly count, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Treasure hunting in the Minesing Wetlands

    On a warm, sunny July morning, armed with field guides, nets and plenty of sunscreen, 20 volunteers and dragonfly experts descended on the Minesing Wetlands, 12 kilometres outside of Barrie, Ontario, in search of a rare gem – the elusive and at-risk Hine’s emerald dragonfly.
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  • Pearl crescent, butterfly count, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Bringing back the butterflies

    By removing invasive species, reintroducing regular disturbances, such as prescribed burns, and planting native grassland species, NCC is working hard to get the butterflies back on the Rice Lake Plains.
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  • Honey bee (Photo from Bees Matter)
    All about the Bs

    Copernicus Educational Products is really buzzing about the environment this spring.
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  • Hine's emerald dragonfly at Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Chris Evans)
    A precious gem for conservation

    Twelve kilometres outside of Barrie, Ontario, lies a hidden, watery paradise that is home to a rare and precious dragonfly. Now, thanks to an additional 107 acres of protected land on the Minesing Wetlands, the Hine’s emerald dragonfly will have a chance to thrive.
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  • Cape Hurd Fens and Forests, Saugeen Bruce Peninsula, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Expanding conservation on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula

    NCC celebrates World Water Day with the conservation of two areas on the internationally important Saugeen Bruce Peninsula — sites that will protect key wetlands and rare Great Lakes habitat.
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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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  • 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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