Alberta's ranching evolution (Part Two)

A cattle herd just west of Fort MacLeod (Photo by Doug Madill)

A cattle herd just west of Fort MacLeod (Photo by Doug Madill)

(Continued from Part One.) Since it was the landscape of the rangelands that had originally attracted me to Alberta and western Canada, I have become increasingly fascinated with not only the buildings and artifacts associated with the ranching...

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Alberta's ranching evolution (Part One)

Boholomec Ranch, Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)

Boholomec Ranch, Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)

For me, there is something about the Canadian prairies. It’s not where I originally came from, but when I moved west to Saskatchewan and Alberta from Ontario some 36 years ago, they just took me in, and I knew I could not ever stop living...

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Canada’s largest parks and protected areas are Canadians' gift to the world

Looking down Columbia Lake Valley from the Dutch Creek Hoodoos (Photo by NCC)

Looking down Columbia Lake Valley from the Dutch Creek Hoodoos (Photo by NCC)

Canada’s greatest contribution to sustaining our planet’s biodiversity and ecological services may very well be our abundance. From some of the world’s largest intact forests and wetlands, to wild northern rivers, to spectacles...

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A new hope for nature: Was 2015 a turning point for conservation?

Bayers Island in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Bayers Island in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

No one was expecting 2015 to be a special year for nature conservation. As we started the year, it seemed Canadians were mostly focused on the economy, security and health care. Yet when we reflect on the year that was, it’s clear the...

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Conservation on a working landscape

The ground nesting, short-eared owl spotted from the cab of Bruce's tractor. Bruce stopped his tractor, found the nest, and saved the eggs because he could identify the bird and knew its ecology. (Photo by Bruce Boldt)

The ground nesting, short-eared owl spotted from the cab of Bruce's tractor. Bruce stopped his tractor, found the nest, and saved the eggs because he could identify the bird and knew its ecology. (Photo by Bruce Boldt)

I want to share an interesting conversation I had with my friend Bruce a couple of weeks ago. We had both recently attended a meeting by the South Saskatchewan Water Stewards about environmental farm plans, decommissioning wells and the threat of...

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NCC meets the Newfoundland Sportsman Outdoor Expo

NL Outdoor Expo booth (Photo by NCC)

NL Outdoor Expo booth (Photo by NCC)

When my coworker Megan and I were setting up our booth a few weekends ago at the Newfoundland Sportsman Outdoor Expo, it didn’t take long to realize that things were about to get "wild." We were surrounded by displays of coyotes, ducks and...

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Thinking about World Water Day

Water trough at Waterton Park Front, AB (Photo by NCC)

Water trough at Waterton Park Front, AB (Photo by NCC)

Working as a Communications Coordinator for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a great way to learn about science, nature and everything NCC does to conserve land for wildlife and future generations of Canadians. I often focus on land when...

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British Columbia’s forest industry today

Orford Bay, BC (Photo courtesy of Interfor)

Orford Bay, BC (Photo courtesy of Interfor)

I grew up hiking and backpacking with my family in British Columbia’s woods. I chose to become a forester because of my inherent desire to take care of the natural environment; I wanted to contribute to the thoughtful management of our...

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Get grass off your lawn! Why manicured lawns may not be so natural after all

Mowers release pollutants -  just one the negative effects of having a turf grass lawn (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Mowers release pollutants - just one the negative effects of having a turf grass lawn (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

It’s summer! Oh, what a beautiful time! Most of us spend many hours during the summer watering our turf grass lawns, pulling weeds out of our turf grass lawns, spraying our turf grass lawns with various growth enhancing chemicals and mowing...

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For the love of prairies: celebrating Native Prairie Appreciation Week

Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

Uncultivated, wild prairie wool has a certain beauty and grace about it, and somehow also a sense of timelessness. Prairie landscapes are dynamic and always changing in subtle ways, yet remain unchanged in many other ways. There is an estimated...

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