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1000th balloon in the Grand Bend area

Monarch butterfly perched atop a cigarette butt (Photo by Lynn Tremain)

Monarch butterfly perched atop a cigarette butt (Photo by Lynn Tremain)

My name is Lynn Tremain. I live in Grand Bend, Ontario, on the shore of beautiful Lake Huron. I have become a full-fledged plastic/garbage picker. How did this happen? I am not proud to admit that plastic grocery store bags, acquired from online...

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Being happy volunteering in Happy Valley Forest

Squeaky clean signboard at Happy Valley Forest (Photo by Yoke Wong)

Squeaky clean signboard at Happy Valley Forest (Photo by Yoke Wong)

In April 2019, my Tiles and Trails hiking group leader, Daisy, asked if any members would be interested in doing trail maintenance at a nearby nature reserve. I had done trail cleanups in the past, so trail maintenance was a natural fit. Plus, it...

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A memorable dance at dawn

Sharp-tailed grouse on The Yarrow (Photo by Brian Keating)

Sharp-tailed grouse on The Yarrow (Photo by Brian Keating)

The sharp-tailed grouse dance at The Yarrow is one of many spellbinding natural displays observable at this special place. I’ve been lucky enough to visit The Yarrow, or the Fischer Ranch as it was previously known, more than a dozen times...

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Soaking it in: Taking a moment to share the beauty of water

Drawing in the park with friends (Photo by Mariam Qureshi)

Drawing in the park with friends (Photo by Mariam Qureshi)

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to enjoy nature or have a science degree to understand it. Water is key to our well-being. Soaking in the peaceful views of a pond or spending time around it can greatly help us understand this precious...

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A glimpse into the lives of outdoor cats

Ever wonder what your cat is thinking? (Photo by Pixabay)

Ever wonder what your cat is thinking? (Photo by Pixabay)

Have you ever wondered what your cat is doing and where it’s going when it’s outside? For my master’s research at the University of Guelph, I joined a team seeking to answer these questions using custom-built cameras. These...

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I am a place that you may not know

Common loon (Photo by slyquetzal, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Common loon (Photo by slyquetzal, CC BY-NC 4.0)

I am birds that sing and the promise of spring. I am morning mist on marshes, a smiling sun at noon, the first star awake and the cry of a loon. I am turning leaves that fall and rutting moose that call. I am the long winter that comes early and...

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My native species bring all the pollinators to the yard

Northern crescent butterfly on swamp milkweed flowers (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff/NCC staff)

Northern crescent butterfly on swamp milkweed flowers (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff/NCC staff)

Now that spring has finally made its way across Canada (in some places it was slower in arriving than others), gardening season is in full swing! With all of the choices present at our local nurseries and big box stores, it is easy to get carried...

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De-stressing with plants

McHugh Lake Loop, MB (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

McHugh Lake Loop, MB (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

During the pandemic, many people experienced increased stress levels due to illness, work difficulties and isolation. But many of us have discovered that there is solace in the natural world. In 1984, biologist E.O. Wilson noted that...

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Find the Birds British Columbia location launches

Screen capture of the BC location in Find the Birds game. A player walks along a boardwalk in the midst of a forest. (Photo by Thought Generation Society)

Screen capture of the BC location in Find the Birds game. A player walks along a boardwalk in the midst of a forest. (Photo by Thought Generation Society)

Since its launch six months ago (read my previous blog here), with an initial Arizona simulated birding location, Find the Birds (a free educational mobile game about birds and conservation) now has over 7,000 players in 46 countries on six...

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Take them to feel the forest: Winter sensory activities for kids

Snowshoeing in Parc de la Gatineau, QC (Photo by DJ)

Snowshoeing in Parc de la Gatineau, QC (Photo by DJ)

I‘ve walked in the woods all my life, but it wasn't until I took young children with me that I noticed how fascinated they were with the variety of textures found in their surroundings. Kids can spend hours feeling, building, touching and...

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