Wild about chickens

Lacy Mae and Matilda (Photo by LM Neilson/NCC staff)

Lacy Mae and Matilda (Photo by LM Neilson/NCC staff)

Today it starts at 5:36 a.m. The rusty cackle slides in through my open window with the early morning light. I pause for a brief second to make sure I really heard the sound before opening my eyes and swinging my legs over the edge of the bed. The...

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Conserving carbon sinks: A natural solution to climate change

Darkwoods mountains, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Darkwoods mountains, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

In the global effort to fight climate change, forests, wetlands and grasslands are more and more being recognized for their important role in absorbing greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., carbon dioxide) and storing carbon over the long term....

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We live on a green planet: An interview with Brian Keating (Part Two)

Brian Keating, Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Brian Keating)

Brian Keating, Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Brian Keating)

This is part two of a two-part interview with Brian Keating, who has dedicated his life to promoting a conservation ethic and raising awareness about the natural world. He has travelled the world in search of great nature stories, and used his...

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We live on a green planet: An interview with Brian Keating (Part One)

Brian Keating, Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Brian Keating)

Brian Keating, Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Brian Keating)

This is part one of a two-part interview with Brian Keating, who has dedicated his life to promoting a conservation ethic and raising awareness about the natural world. He has travelled the world in search of great nature stories, and used his...

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Intertidal life

An intertidal zone on Clayoquot Island (Photo by NCC)

An intertidal zone on Clayoquot Island (Photo by NCC)

Water flows in the fabric of west coast culture. For those of us steeped in the maritime life, resisting the pull of the ocean is as futile as trying to still the tides. In my twenties I experimented with living away from coastal British Columbia,...

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Bloomin' flowers at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

In Bloom Wildflower Festival, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by NCC)

In Bloom Wildflower Festival, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by NCC)

Here in the BC Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, one of our favourite conservation projects is the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. It's a favourite because there is so much that goes on there — university research, Conservation...

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Impressions of a preserve

BC Garry Oak (Photo by Tim Ennis NCC)

BC Garry Oak (Photo by Tim Ennis NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve personifies old. The gnarled Garry oak trees stand staunchly in a fading fall meadow, resolute in their sense of place. A 120-year-old farmhouse sits among the oaks like...

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Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon (Part 2)

JB MacKinnon

JB MacKinnon

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon

JB MacKinnon

JB MacKinnon

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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