Birdwatching apps play a role in conservation

Downy woodpecker (Photo by Lorne)

Downy woodpecker (Photo by Lorne)

Wondering what that bird is? Several apps make it easy to answer this question. By entering some data, uploading a photo of the bird or matching its birdsong you can confidently identify birds. Three particular apps — eBird, Merlin and...

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Heard it from a Scout: Sumac is nature's tasty candy

Staghorn sumac (Photo by Kaelem Moniz)

Staghorn sumac (Photo by Kaelem Moniz)

In my first year of Scouts, I went on a hike with my troop and discovered a strange-looking plant. One of the senior Scouts told everyone that it was called staghorn sumac and that it was like “nature’s sour candy.” I tried it...

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Getting schooled in bee conservation

Grade 2 students learning about pollinators (Photo courtesy Bee City Canada)

Grade 2 students learning about pollinators (Photo courtesy Bee City Canada)

The Bee City Canada School program, created by Bee City Canada, was brought to life not in a boardroom, not in front of a computer screen, but in a classroom. Ashleigh White, a teacher at Tredway-Woodsworth Public School in Scarborough, Ontario,...

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Parks for peace

Clouds over Waterton, AB (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Clouds over Waterton, AB (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

As a new graduate, my mind is constantly connecting what I do with what I studied. I started my academic career in international relations, focusing on water management and how the two co-exist. The (simplified) theory is that cooperating around...

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Women in conservation: Annie Ferland

Annie Ferland with the Google trekker on Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, QC. (Photo by NCC)

Annie Ferland with the Google trekker on Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, QC. (Photo by NCC)

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes. When she was young,...

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The wonderful world of sparrows

House sparrow (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

House sparrow (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

When asked to picture a sparrow, I think a lot of us, especially city dwellers, think of the common house sparrow. Though ubiquitous across southern Canada, this little sparrow is not actually native to North America. This introduced species hails...

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Women in conservation: Carissa Sideroff

Carissa Sideroff working in the field. (Photo by NCC)

Carissa Sideroff working in the field. (Photo by NCC)

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes. In a small northern...

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Women in conservation: Kathryn Folkl

Kathryn Folkl (Photo by NCC)

Kathryn Folkl (Photo by NCC)

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes. Growing up on the...

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Cracker Jack and caribou: Are we failing Canada’s species at risk?

Black-footed ferret (Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Mountain Prairie)

Black-footed ferret (Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Mountain Prairie)

I lost my Cracker Jack wildlife cards sometime in the 1980s, but the images printed on the cards are still vivid in my mind. The small cards came wrapped in clear plastic and featured a holographic image of a wildlife species in danger. I can...

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Biting down on the eastern subterranean termite

Petri dish trials to examine behaviour patterns in eastern subterranean termite populations. (Photo by Vicki Simkovic)

Petri dish trials to examine behaviour patterns in eastern subterranean termite populations. (Photo by Vicki Simkovic)

Watching a termite farm through a glass aquarium is fascinating, as you peer into the life of a mysterious species whose activities are normally hidden from view. Workers can be seen excavating tunnels, using their jaws to move soil grain by...

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