Don’t forget to brake for snakes

The western rattlesnake. (Photo by Stephanie Winton)

The western rattlesnake. (Photo by Stephanie Winton)

The Okanagan Valley, a hot spot for many at-risk species, is located in the south-central Southern Interior region of British Columbia. It is home to 185 wineries, many golf courses and fruit orchards, and an incredibly diverse landscape that...

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World Wildlife Day: The impossible eagle

Bald eagle (Photo by Keith Mombour)

Bald eagle (Photo by Keith Mombour)

I have many memories of wildlife firsts. There’s a vivid memory of seeing my first white-tailed deer peering through the woods as I peered back through the school bus window. And I can still see the eyes of my first up-close encounter with a...

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February roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Madagascar pochard (Photo by Frank Vassen, Wikimedia Commons)

Madagascar pochard (Photo by Frank Vassen, 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 February 2020. Down but not out Madagascar...

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Perfectly perfect perfection...not!

Seeding the field in one of the few not so “slurpy” spots. (Photo by NCC)

Seeding the field in one of the few not so “slurpy” spots. (Photo by NCC)

Imagine the perfect day in the field. A day where the sky is clear and blue. The sun is warm, but not too warm. A cool breeze wisps across your face, leaving you feeling refreshed and comfortable. The birds are singing, and the butterflies are...

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Human-created noise pollution impacts wildlife

A bat hanging upside down (Photo by Unsplash)

A bat hanging upside down (Photo by Unsplash)

Just as noise pollution negatively impacts human health, it also affects wildlife. It can interfere with animal communication, hinder their foraging abilities and impact where they live. A recent study published in Biology Letters found that...

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Getting wetland conservation right will help solve many issues

Forested wetlands in summer (Photo by Mary Gartshore)

Forested wetlands in summer (Photo by Mary Gartshore)

Earlier this winter I watched as a record amount of January rain filled the swamp at the back of our property outside of Guelph Ontario. With the ground still locked in a hard freeze, there weren’t a lot of places to hold this deluge. This...

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January roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Jewel beetle (Photo by atheist, iNaturalist, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Jewel beetle (Photo by atheist, iNaturalist, CC BY-NC 4.0)

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 January 2020. Beautiful camouflage Researchers...

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Hold the salt, please: The hidden cost of keeping the roads clear

Winter road treatment using salt brine (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Winter road treatment using salt brine (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

On a brisk Toronto winter morning, my breath hangs in the air as I walk my dog to a nearby park. Our route may seem meandering, but it’s designed with purpose: finding the salt-free sidewalks. I’m grateful that the roads and sidewalks...

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Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program

Sundial lupine in the oak savannah (Photo by NCC)

Sundial lupine in the oak savannah (Photo by NCC)

It’s a sunny June day with only a slight whisper of wind in the trees. I am walking slowly through an oak savannah with Angela Demarse, a master's of science candidate at the University of Guelph in Ryan Norris’s lab. We are in search...

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Digging badgers: A close encounter

A badger at its burrow. (Photo by J. Sayers, Ontario Badger Project)

A badger at its burrow. (Photo by J. Sayers, Ontario Badger Project)

“A badger? On my property? There are no badgers here!” is often the response I got from landowners in southern Ontario during my short stint as a field technician for the Ontario Badger Project. American badgers are difficult to spot;...

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