To leash or not to leash — should that even be a question?

Winona enjoying some off-leash time at a dog park. (Photo by Samantha Cava)

Winona enjoying some off-leash time at a dog park. (Photo by Samantha Cava)

From one dog lover to another, there is nothing better than seeing your canine companion happy in nature without the constraints of a leash. Whether it is running freely in an open meadow, jumping over boulders or zig zagging through trees, there...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Andean condor (Photo by Pedro Szekely, cc-by-sa-2.0)

Andean condor (Photo by Pedro Szekely, cc-by-sa-2.0)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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The voice of nature

"Beaver," ink with watercolour wash. (Painting by Leanne Cadden)

Capturing ecosystem health through sound When I was six years old, my family moved to a suburban neighbourhood on Vancouver Island. We came from Ontario, so we were not at all acquainted with the incredibly wild and lush biodiversity of British...

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Terminarch: Making music out of birdsong

Sage thrasher (Photo by Dick Cannings)

Sage thrasher (Photo by Dick Cannings)

One of the best things about composing music for the concert hall is that inspiration can come from just about anywhere. My latest work, Terminarch, is a 10-minute piece for a quartet of percussionists based on the birdsong of 12 endangered...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Western bumble bee (Photo by sydcannings, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Western bumble bee (Photo by sydcannings, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that...

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Celebrating and conserving all-Canadian wildlife

Eastern wolf (Photo by Rebecca Rogge, iNaturalist)

Eastern wolf (Photo by Rebecca Rogge, iNaturalist)

Every nation plays an important role in stopping wildlife extinction. Here in Canada, we have an estimated 80,000 known wild species. They range from pygmy shrew to polar bear, and from stellate sedge to Sitka spruce. Canada plays a critical role...

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Backpack Essentials: Don’t let the ticks bite!

Backpack Essentials (Image by NCC)

Backpack Essentials (Image by NCC)

This blog post is part of the Backpack Essentials series, a series that explores the items that Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff carry with them when heading outside. It is inspired by the quarterly Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Elephant hawk moth (Photo by Allthesmallthings, CC-BY-NC)

Elephant hawk moth (Photo by Allthesmallthings, CC-BY-NC)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Diego the Galapgos tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz, Galapagos (Photo by Kaldari, CC0 1.0)

Diego the Galapgos tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz, Galapagos (Photo by Kaldari, CC0 1.0)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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Where the river stops: Why habitat connectivity is critical for healthy fish populations across Canada

Spawning Chinook salmon (Photo by Fish On in the Yukon)

Spawning Chinook salmon (Photo by Fish On in the Yukon)

Before you read any further, stop and think about a fish migrating up a river. Chances are that fish is a salmon and that river is in BC. There’s good reason that salmon in BC have come to symbolize fish migration. The return of millions of...

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