Be a beaver believer

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

Aside from the long list of initiatives celebrated today, April 7 is also a day to celebrate beavers! For starters, here’s a little beaver-inspired anecdote from our Alberta office: “There was once a young man who walked to work...

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Paradise for daytrippers and stargazers

Star trails over Butala Homestead in OMB at dawn, SK (Photo by Alan Dyer)

Star trails over Butala Homestead in OMB at dawn, SK (Photo by Alan Dyer)

Imagine plains so vast and wide that the night sky is flooded with stars and the Milky Way as far as the eye can see. There is one Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property renowned for its rolling grasslands and nightscape: Old Man on His Back...

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Through the lens I see a beautiful Earth

Large-format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

Large-format camera lens (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Image Gallery of the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture))

An avid photographer may do just about anything to get the perfect shot: whether contorting their body (to shoot in a novel perspective), hiding for hours on end to catch a glimpse of a rarity, or, in the same light, trekking through all types of...

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Spot the species on World Wetlands Day

Coastal wetlands of Sandy Island, eastern Georgian Bay coast, Ontario (Photo by NCC)

Coastal wetlands of Sandy Island, eastern Georgian Bay coast, Ontario (Photo by NCC)

If one slogan can help us appreciate wetlands more, for me it would be: “wetlands are not wastelands.” In fact, the term “wetlands” represents a wide variety of habitats (such as bogs, marshes and swamps) that offer a rich...

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What’s flapping around in two Christmas Bird Count circles? (Part One)

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

This is Part One of a two-part series on Christmas Bird Counts that took place this winter. The Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest running citizen science project since 1900. Counts are carried out within a 24-kilometre-diameter...

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Opening a can of worms for greener possibilities

Owner of WasteNot Worm Farms gives NCC staff the 101 on worm composting over a lunch and learn in Toronto (Photo by Jocelyn Molyneux)

Owner of WasteNot Worm Farms gives NCC staff the 101 on worm composting over a lunch and learn in Toronto (Photo by Jocelyn Molyneux)

I have a nine-to-five job, spending most of my day in front of the computer and far removed from any Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property. I will likely not be doing hands-on conservation on any given work day. Sometimes, cubicle dwellers...

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Are you up for the #21daysofnature challenge?

Muddy hands at Nature Days (photo by NCC)

Muddy hands at Nature Days (photo by NCC)

It takes 21 days to form a habit, or so they say. This year (or even for many years), if you’ve once contemplated staying active and closer to nature, but just aren’t motivated enough or unsure of where to start, we have a challenge...

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Reporting back from Land Lines' reader survey

Online survey (Graphic by Wikimedia Commons/Tungilik)

Online survey (Graphic by Wikimedia Commons/Tungilik)

Earlier in the fall of 2015, Land Lines’ editorial team asked our readers for their thoughts on the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) blog. Two and a half months later, we had received 87 responses to our online survey; yielding...

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NCC teams up with David Arrigo for the 2015 Gifts of Canadian Nature (Part Two)

David Arrigo, artist behind 2015's Gifts of Canadian Nature art prints

David Arrigo, artist behind 2015's Gifts of Canadian Nature art prints

Recently, I phoned David Arrigo to chat about his art, his experiences with nature and this year's Gifts of Canadian Nature campaign collaboration. Below is Part Two of our two-part interview (Part One is here): WH: Can you tell us a story behind...

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NCC teams up with David Arrigo for the 2015 Gifts of Canadian Nature (Part One)

David Arrigo, artist behind 2015's Gifts of Canadian Nature art prints

David Arrigo, artist behind 2015's Gifts of Canadian Nature art prints

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) recently teamed up with world-renowned artist David Arrigo to create collectible art prints for this year’s Gifts of Canadian Nature program. I recently spoke with David about his art and...

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