Nature's Olympians

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

With our dedicated Canadian athletes competing in the Olympic Winter Games, we at the Nature Conservancy of Canada started thinking about species that could step in for our Olympians, should they need a stand-in. These species would truly embody a...

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Three things I've pledged to do for nature this Earth Day

Val Deziel distributes a flat of wild rye for planting (Photo by NCC)

Val Deziel distributes a flat of wild rye for planting (Photo by NCC)

To celebrate Earth Day I’m sharing three easy activities I’ve pledged to do for nature this year: Plant with purpose I recently moved to a (relatively) quiet suburb of Toronto, into a house with a backyard! Which, as I’m sure...

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Why do forests matter? Our #mywildcanada Twitter chat asked you what you thought

Tamarack forest (Photo by NCC)

Tamarack forest (Photo by NCC)

On September 24 we hosted a live Twitter chat on the theme of why forests matter and through the #MyWildCanada weekly hashtag. Here's what you told us when we asked you why towering trees, forest creatures, mossy ground and waving branches...

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Make the most of your garden this year: Choose plants with purpose

Gardening (Photo by Hans Bernhard/Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening (Photo by Hans Bernhard/Wikimedia Commons)

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and gardening season has arrived across Canada. From melons to marigolds, gardens are a great way to put homegrown produce on your table and provide a colourful backdrop. And while most store shelves will...

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Longing for the long weekend

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, NB (Photo by NCC)

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, NB (Photo by NCC)

Much of my adolescence has prepared me well for long weekends. I grew up exploring forests, watching clouds and skipping through puddles — an amateur explorer, some might say. And I can assure you that this angst to be surrounded by green...

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Island time: The unique biology and geography of island habitats

Cockburn Island, ON (Photo by NCC)

Cockburn Island, ON (Photo by NCC)

While many Canadians are headed south to escape the frigid temperatures with some island time, we at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are warming ourselves by getting to know the islands closer to home, and the species that live in...

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Finding nature in the city

Winter bud (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

Winter bud (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

With snow and ice covering the ground here in Toronto, I find myself often daydreaming of warm weather and colourful backdrops throughout the city. My biggest city struggle in the winter is appreciating the natural elements close to me, especially...

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Happy Family Day!

Stanislav & Irina Olkinitskiy and children Katerina, Dmitry, Maria and Kristina at the Acadian Forest restoration project in Baie Verte, NB (Photo by NCC)

Stanislav & Irina Olkinitskiy and children Katerina, Dmitry, Maria and Kristina at the Acadian Forest restoration project in Baie Verte, NB (Photo by NCC)

Prior to 2007, when there wasn't an actual day devoted to family time for Canadians and there were less online distractions and demands on your social life, spending down time with those closest to you was almost a given, or at least a bit easier....

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Balancing screen time with sunshine: A Q&A with Take Me Outside founder Colin Harris

Students, Banff Elementary (Photo courtesy of Take Me Outside's official Facebook page)

Students, Banff Elementary (Photo courtesy of Take Me Outside's official Facebook page)

Calling in from the comfort of his home in Canmore, Alberta with his four-legged friend at his feet, Colin Harris, executive director and founder of the Take Me Outside (TMO) organization, spoke with NCC-staffer Carly Digweed about getting...

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Holiday singalong: The 12 Days of Wildlife

Moose in Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Moose in Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The snow is on the ground, the lights are on the tree and the eggnog carton is sitting empty in the fridge — the holidays are here! And as we get closer to the fun-filled festivities, I'm finding it difficult to separate holiday cheer from...

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