Monarch migration reflections

One of the millions of monarchs I saw in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico (Photo by Alberto Becerra)

One of the millions of monarchs I saw in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico (Photo by Alberto Becerra)

I am an immigrant to this country, as are most people across this diverse continent with such a complex history. In fact, all who are not indigenous to this land are immigrants. When I was just a toddler, my family and I immigrated to Canada from...

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Nature therapy (part two): Expressive art therapy

Rose, Maymont, SK (Photo by Don Dabbs)

Rose, Maymont, SK (Photo by Don Dabbs)

In part one of our nature therapy series, we heard from a Regina-based mom and social worker about how nature-based art projects have helped her tap into the creative side of her mind and how the experiences have benefitted her mentally during...

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To leash or not to leash — should that even be a question?

Winona enjoying some off-leash time at a dog park. (Photo by Samantha Cava)

Winona enjoying some off-leash time at a dog park. (Photo by Samantha Cava)

From one dog lover to another, there is nothing better than seeing your canine companion happy in nature without the constraints of a leash. Whether it is running freely in an open meadow, jumping over boulders or zig zagging through trees, there...

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A peak experience at Buffalo Pound

Buffalo Pound Lake, SK (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

Buffalo Pound Lake, SK (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

Many Canadians, I think, perceive Saskatchewan to be one billiard table-flat, never-ending field of wheat. Not so. To prove my point, I recently made a second visit to a property at Buffalo Pound Lake, where the Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) is...

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Nature therapy (part one): Nature-based art is about more than just art

Leaf printing. (Photo by Sage Yathon)

Leaf printing. (Photo by Sage Yathon)

In a world full of change and unknowns, we can find ourselves looking for inspiration and positive outlets. There is one thing that is constant and can heal us: nature. Building and maintaining a relationship with nature can have many positive...

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Birding for beginners

Child with binoculars (Public Domain)

Child with binoculars (Public Domain)

I wouldn’t consider myself a birder, but I am one of the many people who has been more tuned into the nature around me since the pandemic started. Working from home and sticking to walks around my neighbourhood has made me more aware of my...

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A breezy hike at Buffalo Pound

Buffalo Pound property, SK (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

Buffalo Pound property, SK (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

What a delight it was to watch a wary coyote cross the trail in front of me, sizing me up before continuing on its way into a nearby coulee. This encounter may not seem like much, but after three months of staying at home to help stop the spread...

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Backpack Essentials: Don’t let the ticks bite!

Backpack Essentials (Image by NCC)

Backpack Essentials (Image by NCC)

This blog post is part of the Backpack Essentials series, a series that explores the items that Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff carry with them when heading outside. It is inspired by the quarterly Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine...

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Our connection to nature

Kids in nature (Photo by NCC)

Kids in nature (Photo by NCC)

“Go outside and play.” I can still hear my grandmother saying these words to me when I was a little kid. I bet you’ve heard this a few times yourself. Maybe you’ve even said it to your own kids. The truth is, “go...

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Ode to a nature commute – part 3, spring

Spring 2019 green-up along my bike route. (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC)

Spring 2019 green-up along my bike route. (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC)

This is part three of a four-part series on bike commuting through nature. Read part one – fall here and part two – winter here. Ahhhh, spring. As a winter bike commuter, I do look forward to spring so I can shed some layers, remove...

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