Parenting tricks from the wild

Baby elephants playing (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Baby elephants playing (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Parents everywhere would agree that raising children is no easy feat. New challenges come with every stage of development, from the newborn stage of learning how to eat and sleep, to the more advanced skill of communication. It wasn’t until...

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Natural wellness solutions in the workplace

Yoga in the workplace (Photo by Jeremy Hess Photography/Wikimedia Commons)

Yoga in the workplace (Photo by Jeremy Hess Photography/Wikimedia Commons)

Whatever you’re in the middle of, stop for a moment and run through this quick checklist of questions about your perceived state of health: Do you experience tightness or pain in your neck while on the job? Do your eyes feel dry or tired...

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Top 10 blog posts of 2017

Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Every year, Land Lines is filled with submissions from across the country, with tales touching on a variety of topics — from the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) stewardship work, to heartwarming accounts of conservation...

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Year-end reflections that everyone can get into this season

End of year is a good time for a self-reflection. (Photo by NCC)

End of year is a good time for a self-reflection. (Photo by NCC)

As the clock ticks towards the end of 2017, many people can’t help but reminisce about what a year it was. And some may ponder what they’ve missed out on or wished they made more time for in these past 12 months. Whether the year has...

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Birdy McBirdface takes on the Big Year

Toby with monocular (Photo by Joanna Streetly)

Toby with monocular (Photo by Joanna Streetly)

Recently I had the chance to speak to a young lady, who is not only knowledgeable but passionate about birds and their conservation, and about her birding quest – pursuing a Big Year challenge at just 11 years old. Meet Toby —...

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Celebrate the environment

People spending time in nature (Photo by Joe McFarlane/iStock)

People spending time in nature (Photo by Joe McFarlane/iStock)

Canadian Environment Week, celebrated every year on the first week of June, gives Canadians an opportunity to celebrate the environment and encourage conservation efforts year-round. The week kicks off with World Environment Day. We’ve...

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Cracking down on garlic mustard: A delicious and therapeutic experience

Garlic mustard are no match against our staff (Photo by NCC)

Garlic mustard are no match against our staff (Photo by NCC)

On May 12, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff had the opportunity to step away from their desks to crack down on invasive garlic mustard at the Happy Valley Forest. Commanders of the day, Todd Farrell and Mark Stabb, asked us to form pairs...

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Optical illusions in the wild

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Photo by Brian Lasenby)

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Photo by Brian Lasenby)

Yet another optical illusion has the internet up in fits. In case you missed #TheDress and its sequel, the Adidas jacket, an image of what appears to be a rock lodged in a brick wall will make you think twice about the reality you perceive. So...

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Memorizing bird songs made easy with mnemonics

Yellow warbler (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Yellow warbler (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

I recall when I first heard a yellow warbler’s song; it was music against the backdrop of residential traffic in my suburban neighbourhood. At the time I had no clue where the bird was and I had no idea what bird was making this sound. I...

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A hidden gem in the city of Vaughan

Mark showing the group the geographical features of the area (Photo by NCC)

Mark showing the group the geographical features of the area (Photo by NCC)

We’re seeing more reports in the media of nature’s benefits to our health and well-being and the need for communities to reconnect with nature. Private land conservation is at the core of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s...

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