Hiking the big one

Big Trout Bay, Lake Superior, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Big Trout Bay, Lake Superior, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

My dental training and career as a research scientist have allowed me to live, work, hike, bike and paddle in fascinating ecosystems around the world, including Asia, New Guinea, Europe, Africa and the Americas. After retirement, I was fortunate...

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Nature knows no borders: Why Canada–United States conservation matters

Green Mountains, QC (Photo by NCC)

Green Mountains, QC (Photo by NCC)

Have you ever crossed the Canada–U.S. border by land? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the transition from one country to the other is almost seamless, not counting the mandatory stop at the customs office. I have vivid memories of...

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June roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month

Orcas (Photo by Robert Pittman/Wikimedia Commons)

Orcas (Photo by Robert Pittman/Wikimedia Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in June 2019. Mush through the slush A dog-sled...

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Backpack Essentials: How to get nature-ready

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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A break from the screen: NCC’s 2019 National office field trip

2019 National office field trip participants (Photo by NCC)

2019 National office field trip participants (Photo by NCC)

On May 24, approximately 70 Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff from the National office in Toronto, and some who were in town that day, visited our MacMillan Nature Reserve property in Vaughan, Ontario, for our annual staff field trip. The...

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Connecting to the land through conservation

We spent the morning walking NCC’s Ursulan property. (Photo by NCC)

We spent the morning walking NCC’s Ursulan property. (Photo by NCC)

On my first field day with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I was expecting a rigorous day of mapping, tracking and other GPS functions I don’t understand. Instead, I found myself birdwatching my way around a beautiful piece of NCC...

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Our bird populations need your help

Peregrine falcon (Photo by Jacques Bouvier)

Peregrine falcon (Photo by Jacques Bouvier)

As summer emerges, Canadians are enjoying nicer weather and the sights and sounds that nature brings us. But bird songs, once a familiar sound, are become increasingly faint whether at the local park or in our own backyard. The 2019...

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Volunteering abroad for nature

Clearing reed bed vegetation (Photo courtesy of Megan Quinn/NCC staff)

Clearing reed bed vegetation (Photo courtesy of Megan Quinn/NCC staff)

I don’t vacation very well. The problem with loving my job as a conservation biologist is that I have a hard time taking a holiday (and even when I do, I usually keep an eye on my work email inbox). So when I had the volunteer opportunity to...

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Happy Father’s Day to the ultimate bird nerd

Me as a child with my father (Photo courtesy of Maia Herriot)

Me as a child with my father (Photo courtesy of Maia Herriot)

There is an infamous home video of my older sister learning to ride a bike. My dad is coaching her while my mom records the milestone on a rented camcorder. When the video begins, my dad is slowly pushing my sister along, holding on to the back of...

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Your happy place: Find your own paradise island in the Hochelaga Archipelago

Aerial photo of the Hochelaga Archipelago islands, QC (Photo by ALM Par Avion)

Aerial photo of the Hochelaga Archipelago islands, QC (Photo by ALM Par Avion)

When you think of an island, your mind often travels to a distant oasis, with tall palm trees and saltwater waves crashing onto a white-sand shore. In the midst of the busy-ness of day-to-day life, it’s easy to daydream about a peaceful...

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