60 things – A year to remember

Conservation Volunteers building a bat house (Photo by Lorena Squires)

Conservation Volunteers building a bat house (Photo by Lorena Squires)

My name is Dianne Young, and I turned 60 in February. I wanted to do something special to celebrate but couldn’t decide what to do. Hot air balloon ride? I’ve always wanted to do that. Tandem parachute jump? I’ve always wanted to...

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Invasive Species Olympics

Phragmites javelin (Photo by NCC)

Phragmites javelin (Photo by NCC)

The Olympic Games: the spectacle of international competition, where every four years, thousands of athletes from over 200 countries compete in the pinnacle of their sport. Inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, first held in Olympia, Greece, in...

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Bring on the alternative lawns!

A cottontail among a red clover and black medic clover patch (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

A cottontail among a red clover and black medic clover patch (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Weeds: What are they? Unwanted, non-traditional turf? But what if there was something more to all those pesky patches of plants? For some, there’s nothing more satisfying than a healthy lawn full of lush, green grass. For others, like...

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Alternative ways to celebrate: Popping the traditional balloon

Balloons can end up on nature reserves. (Photo by NCC)

Balloons can end up on nature reserves. (Photo by NCC)

Let me take you on a journey. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has some stunning conservation properties on Manitoulin and Cockburn Island, which I’m lucky enough to be responsible for. Field work on the Tasker Wilderness Shore...

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The story behind the carapace platform

Snapping turtle crossing the road (Photo by Olivier Cameron-Trudel)

Snapping turtle crossing the road (Photo by Olivier Cameron-Trudel)

On World Turtle Day (May 23), I will kick off a third season of carapace.ca. Since its launch across Quebec in 2017, the popularity of this online tool, which allows citizens to report the presence of turtles on roads, has been growing. Every...

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Innovative learning experiences are putting the art back in science

The Herbarium Project, 2017, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Photo by Four Eyes Portraits)

The Herbarium Project, 2017, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Photo by Four Eyes Portraits)

If you’ve heard the terms “science art” or “sciart,” you’re probably familiar with the idea of using visual art to represent, explain or bring attention to some aspect of science. The wonderful realm of science...

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Go wild for wildlife

Short-eared owl (Photo by Tony Campbell)

Short-eared owl (Photo by Tony Campbell)

March 3 is World Wildlife Day, an annual event started by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 to help raise awareness and encourage the celebration of our planet’s wildlife. In honour of this occasion, here are some ideas for...

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Make a pledge to nature this year

Make a pledge to nature this year (Photo by Brent Calver)

Make a pledge to nature this year (Photo by Brent Calver)

If you didn't make any New Year’s resolutions yet, if you’ve given up on the ones you made or if you want to add more to your list, make it a goal this year to devote yourself to nature. Getting out into nature is great for your...

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Three lessons about nature from your old Christmas tree

Balsam fir Christmas tree pruning (Photo by Blake Wile/Wikimedia Commons)

Balsam fir Christmas tree pruning (Photo by Blake Wile/Wikimedia Commons)

People living in the Northern Hemisphere have brought trees and boughs into their homes during the winter for thousands of years. The evergreens that we decorate with during Christmas can represent a celebration of holidays and a reminder that...

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10 ways to start 2019 naturally

Snowshoeing is a great way to connect with nature over the holidays (CC0 1.0)

Snowshoeing is a great way to connect with nature over the holidays (CC0 1.0)

With 2018 come and gone, there’s no better time than now to turn over a new leaf. The beginning of a new year brings new possibilities, and we make resolutions that we hope will stick over the next 365 days. Whether you’re hoping to...

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