What does a conservation biologist do in the “other season?”

Is this what you think of when you hear conservation biology? ( Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Is this what you think of when you hear conservation biology? ( Photo by Mike Dembeck)

There is a seasonal nuance to being a conservation biologist. If you look at my job description optimistically, my job involves afternoons looking for spring ephemeral flowers, summers canoeing on lakes and early autumn mornings catching the last...

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Internships to remember

Picture of me as an intern in Alberta, rolling barbed wire at a Conservation Volunteers event (Photo by NCC)

Picture of me as an intern in Alberta, rolling barbed wire at a Conservation Volunteers event (Photo by NCC)

I’ve always had a passion for nature. It was this passion that ultimately led me to pursue a degree in environmental studies, which I recently obtained from Wilfrid Laurier University. During my studies, it wasn’t always clear to me...

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Thanks, all of you wonderful people!

A Conservation Volunteers event in 2015 attended by Virden Girl Guides. They got their hands dirty cleaning up old shingles and debris from the Jiggens Bluff property in Manitoba. (Photo by NCC)

A Conservation Volunteers event in 2015 attended by Virden Girl Guides. They got their hands dirty cleaning up old shingles and debris from the Jiggens Bluff property in Manitoba. (Photo by NCC)

As the community relations manager in Manitoba, when people want to work for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Manitoba Region, one of the faces they’ll often see in an interview process is mine. During these interviews,...

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Sharing a quiet forest with a Canada lynx

Canada lynx (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Canada lynx (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Sitting for hours inside a cramped, cold blind waiting for wildlife doesn't sound exciting — but it is. Being able to observe animals in their natural surroundings isn't just a thrill, it's a passion, and one that doesn't come easy and is...

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What the knowledge of how trees communicate means for forest conservation

A shady Douglas-fir forest (Photo by Jenny McCune)

A shady Douglas-fir forest (Photo by Jenny McCune)

Japanese people are generally familiar with shinrin-yoku or forest bathing — the practice of being immersed in a forest. In Germany, the concept is referred to as Waldsehligkeit, a feeling of profound well-being that comes from being...

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Working in a winter wonderland

Kaitlin and I having a purple tongue contest with wild grapes (Photo by NCC).

Kaitlin and I having a purple tongue contest with wild grapes (Photo by NCC).

When I first started at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I remember talking to my supervisor about how much field work I would be doing, and being told that I would probably be in the office most of the time during the colder months because...

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Forces for nature: Celebrating International Women’s Day (part four)

Lesley Neilson on a sailboat at Winter Cove, BC (Photo by Astrid Neilson-Miller)

Lesley Neilson on a sailboat at Winter Cove, BC (Photo by Astrid Neilson-Miller)

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), we are profiling a few Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) friendly female faces from across the country. These women contribute to our mission and our work in different ways. Lesley...

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Five years with NCC (part two)

Bison bulls at OMB in 2019 (Photo by NCC)

Bison bulls at OMB in 2019 (Photo by NCC)

My first three years with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) were spent as an intern, working all across Saskatchewan. I also covered a maternity leave in southwest Saskatchewan, including managing the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage...

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Five years with NCC (part one)

Kylie doing baseline work at Stark Coulee, SK (Photo by NCC)

Kylie doing baseline work at Stark Coulee, SK (Photo by NCC)

I am Kylie (Garchinski) McGregor, natural area manager for the Missouri Coteau Natural Area with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). I started here as an intern in 2014 and have worked on and off for the organization since. Throughout my NCC...

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Forces for nature: Celebrating International Women’s Day (part three)

Morgan Higginson at Bohomolec Ranch fence removal event. (Photo by NCC)

Morgan Higginson at Bohomolec Ranch fence removal event. (Photo by NCC)

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), we are profiling a few Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) friendly female faces from across the country. These women contribute to our mission and our work in different ways. Morgan...

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