How nature helped me lose 40 pounds

Running in nature (Photo from Masterfile)

Running in nature (Photo from Masterfile)

Losing weight was and always has been an uphill battle for me. I would have a good week or two, where I would hop on the scale to see it finally go down after counting calories and sweating it out at the gym, only to be defeated in the days...

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Students on Ice: Q&A with NCC President and CEO, John Lounds

John Lounds at Sirmilik National Park (Photo by NCC)

John Lounds at Sirmilik National Park (Photo by NCC)

Earlier this month, John Lounds, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) president and CEO, set sail from Resolute Bay, Nunavut, to explore the Arctic with Students on Ice. As this is a place that very few Canadians have had the...

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Paw in claw: Friendships in the wild

A sea anemone hitching a ride on a hermit crab. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

A sea anemone hitching a ride on a hermit crab. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Friendships are one of the most organic things that can happen between humans. An often magical thing, these bonds are strong and can last a lifetime. While these human connections are no doubt valuable, for animals “friendships,” or...

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Something's Fishy: Life in the slow lane

Western silvery minnow (Photo by Karen Scott, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Western silvery minnow (Photo by Karen Scott, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

In my day-to-day life working in Canada’s largest city, I often find myself rushing from one thing to the next. People are always advising me to stop to smell the roses. I don’t like the smell of roses, so this unwavering, kind-hearted...

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Something's Fishy: Cat's got my tongue

<i>Channel catfish</i>, Fat Fish series (Illustration by Al Lau)

Channel catfish, Fat Fish series (Illustration by Al Lau)

Before all you cat ladies and cat fanatics start reading this blog, I need to disclose something: I’m a dog person. It’s not that I don’t like cats. Who couldn’t love their long whiskers and unpredictable behaviour? I just...

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Trading screens for shovels: NCC national staff lend a hand for nature

NCC National staff joined Ontario field staff for a day of planting and pulling and cutting down invasive species (Photo by NCC)

NCC National staff joined Ontario field staff for a day of planting and pulling and cutting down invasive species (Photo by NCC)

The sun was shining down on the Barr property in southern Ontario as the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) national staff gathered around Todd Farrell, NCC’s conservation biology coordinator for the Ontario Region. We were learning our...

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Something's Fishy: Redheads unite

Copper redhorse (Illustration by Jan Sovak, 1989)

Copper redhorse (Illustration by Jan Sovak, 1989)

Growing up, I hated my hair colour. I was teased relentlessly, often wishing I was more like my light-haired classmates and the kids lucky enough to be born brunettes. My mother would tell me how fortunate I was to be different, but as a kid the...

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Keep your garden Canadian, eh?

Blue flag iris (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Blue flag iris (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Many of the plants we have in our yards are not native to Canada. In some cases, these non-native plants are invasive and can intrude into nearby natural areas or affect the growth and spread of native species. In most cases, native plants provide...

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Women in conservation: Lisa McLaughlin

Lisa McLaughlin, acting vice-president, conservation

Lisa McLaughlin, acting vice-president, conservation

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes.From wandering the...

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Growing the idea to connect Canadians to nature

Plants from Great Marram Grass Plug Plant CV event on PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Plants from Great Marram Grass Plug Plant CV event on PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Every so often, a big idea emerges from a smaller one and, in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) case, it can turn into something larger than imagined. This is exactly what happened for NCC’s Conservation Volunteers...

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