World Wildlife Day Round 3: Vote for your favourite reptile or amphibian species

World Wildlife Day: vote for Blanding's turtle (photo by Ryan M. Bolton), gray treefrog (photo by Ryan M. Bolton) or four-toed salamander (photo by Brian Gratwicke)

World Wildlife Day: vote for Blanding's turtle (photo by Ryan M. Bolton), gray treefrog (photo by Ryan M. Bolton) or four-toed salamander (photo by Brian Gratwicke)

These may not be your typical fuzzy and cuddly wildlife creatures, but they are no less important in their contribution to nature’s biodiversity. But just how do we differentiate reptiles from amphibians? Here are a few quick facts for the...

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World Wildlife Day Round 2: Vote for your favourite mammal species

World Wildlife Day: vote for Canada lynx (photo by Mike Dembeck) ,moose (photo by Paul Turbitt) or gray fox (photo by John James Henderson)

World Wildlife Day: vote for Canada lynx (photo by Mike Dembeck) ,moose (photo by Paul Turbitt) or gray fox (photo by John James Henderson)

Certain mammals, such as beavers and grizzly bears, have been very much a part of our Canadian heritage; symbols of this great and vast nation. There are many other mammal species that may be less in the limelight but are just as unique and a...

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Vote for your favourite animal this World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day (Logo by CITES Secretariat)

World Wildlife Day (Logo by CITES Secretariat)

There's something coming other than bleak winter weather and hordes of snow. On March 3, global citizens are set to celebrate World Wildlife Day. This is an invitation to get involved with the celebration of wildlife, their intrinsic values and...

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Family Day Crossword

Play the conservation crossword puzzle!

Play the conservation crossword puzzle!

How would you describe your family in one word? Loyal, tight-knit or perhaps a little eccentric? For us humans, the family unit is often our primary social group, and kinship has been central to societal development. But in the fascinating world...

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Share your love of nature with your love, in nature

A pair of cedar waxwings (Photo by Brendan Toews)

A pair of cedar waxwings (Photo by Brendan Toews)

Behold! The year’s (supposedly) most romantic day is coming up! Whether you see it as a cash grab for makers of V-Day buys or a necessary observance, it’s easy to get swept up in the fuss. But of all the roses, chocolates and candle...

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Real animals don't wear scarves in winter

Of all the enticingly cute plush toys currently in store displays, the owl is one of my favourites. But the way marketers portray animals with toques and scarves throughout the winter make me cringe…slightly. Perhaps that’s because we...

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Five Rs to a greener holiday

International recycling logo (Photo by Krdan, Wikimedia Commons)

International recycling logo (Photo by Krdan, Wikimedia Commons)

Last December, I had the pleasure of participating in a one-of-a-kind gift exchange dubbed the “useless” gift exchange. Truth be told, I’ve always hoped to avoid these kinds of party games because shopping on a budget to impress...

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How to turn Giving Tuesday into Giving Everyday: Ideas for year-round acts of kindness

Giving Tuesday logo

Giving Tuesday logo

With the passing of two big bargain bonanzas (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) comes Giving Tuesday — a day dedicated to giving back and doing good in our communities. I’m a big believer of year-round acts of kindness, which got me...

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Never too old or young to experience the wonders of nature

Child walking in the woods (Photo by Lisa Grilz)

Child walking in the woods (Photo by Lisa Grilz)

Some say there’s a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Without a doubt, family plays an important role in the nurturing, upbringing and education of children. Through this familial interaction, wisdom and values get passed...

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Hiking: No place is too far if you have time

Hiking in Hong Kong (Photo by Wendy Ho)

Hiking in Hong Kong (Photo by Wendy Ho)

It was a hot, humid summer day without a breath of wind in the mountain pass. Up and up I hiked, head down and sweaty, wishing to feel a whisper of a summer breeze. Occasionally I glanced up to check that I wasn’t trailing too far behind my...

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