The value of volunteers

Conservation Volunteers selfie (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers selfie (Photo by NCC)

How do you measure the value of a volunteer? At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), volunteers contribute their time, skills and passion toward our mission of conserving natural landscapes. They help us save money and achieve more with less....

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Can you hear me now? Using remote technology to record birds and other wildlife

Black bear captured by camera trap (Photo by NCC)

Black bear captured by camera trap (Photo by NCC)

In various Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) properties across Alberta, the secret lives of wildlife are being discovered using camera traps, sound recording units and other technology. Scientists are generating new and valuable data on wildlife...

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Keep them in your heart: Monitoring Bicknell's thrush

Bicknell's thrush (Photo by Serge Beaudette)

Bicknell's thrush (Photo by Serge Beaudette)

John Burroughs, an American naturalist, once said, “You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush.” While that might be true, unless you’re planning a trip to the Greater Antilles, you won’t have...

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Strong and free: Releasing a red-tailed hawk at Bunchberry Meadows

Red-tailed hawk (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Red-tailed hawk (Photo by Bill Hubick)

This fall, WILDNorth (formerly the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton) staff were invited by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to release a red-tailed hawk at NCC’s Bunchberry Meadows property in Alberta — an absolutely...

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Conservation Volunteers for the bees

Honey bee (Photo from Bees Matter)

Honey bee (Photo from Bees Matter)

Honey bees are incredible; there’s no denying it. They help pollinate flowers, which in turn enables the production of our food. They’re also responsible for making honey, a delicious and great sugar source. However, honey bees are not...

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Celebrating the father of environmentalism

<i>Alexander von Humboldt,</i> 1806 by Friedrich Georg Weitsch

Alexander von Humboldt, 1806 by Friedrich Georg Weitsch

Do you know who has more places named after themselves than anyone else in history? Can you guess the eponymous hero who has close to 300 plants and more than 100 animals with the same namesake? Maybe you have heard of a town, river, lake or...

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An ode to nature-loving grandparents

Playing cards with grandma by the campfire. (Photo courtesy Falkenburger family)

Playing cards with grandma by the campfire. (Photo courtesy Falkenburger family)

Dirty hands, scraped knees, messy hair, dressing up in old dresses, daily snacks, park visits, tree climbing and endless hugs. Looking back at my childhood, this is often what my days at my grandparents’ house in Toronto looked like. I was...

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Places worth protecting: The Canadian Rockies

A pair of mountain goats (Photo by Nigel Finney)

A pair of mountain goats (Photo by Nigel Finney)

Spectacular scenery, beautiful rivers and lakes, and abundant wildlife. As I look out my office window, in the small town of Invermere, BC, I’m struck by the sheer beauty of the landscape where I live and work. As director of conservation...

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20,000 days of nature conservation

At the end of this summer, on August 30, 2017, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will mark exactly 20,000 days of conservation. This milestone provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the work done by NCC and our partners each day,...

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Five resumé-ready skills gained by volunteering with NCC

Caroline Gagne, Ottawa Valley project manager, doing telemetry research, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Caroline Gagne, Ottawa Valley project manager, doing telemetry research, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Those searching for a job in the environmental sector may find it challenging to get their foot in the door to gain that valuable hands-on experience that employers are looking for. It can be especially challenging if you’re applying for...

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