Your winter getaway is a lot closer than you may think

Ancient cottonwoods (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Ancient cottonwoods (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Who says you can only enjoy nature when the snow has melted? There’s nothing like breathing in the crisp, fresh air on a winter nature hike as you take in the sights and sounds of wildlife around you while braving the cold. I love hearing...

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This Groundhog Day, it's all relatives

Groundhog (Photo by Cephas/Wikimedia Commons)

Groundhog (Photo by Cephas/Wikimedia Commons)

Tomorrow marks Groundhog Day, a North American tradition dating back to 1888. The groundhog, also called the woodchuck, is the largest member of the squirrel family and one of four marmot species that live in Canada. Rather than just focusing on...

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Style meets sustainability: Circular fashion comes to Vancouver

To Kaya, sustainability means doing the absolute best she can in every aspect of the business. (Photo by Kaya Dorey)

To Kaya, sustainability means doing the absolute best she can in every aspect of the business. (Photo by Kaya Dorey)

What does sustainable even mean? The word “sustainability” is overused and misused over and over again. It also has a tendency to turn people off in a conversation because as soon as you say it, their guard goes up and they stop...

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Taking in the tides

Jonathan White: writer, sailor, marine conservationist (courtesy JW)

Jonathan White: writer, sailor, marine conservationist (courtesy JW)

Jonathan White has a lifelong love for the sea. Growing up on the beaches of southern California, he has explored salt water on sail boats, many of which he’s built, and has surfed in oceans around the world. These experiences have given him...

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Penning a conservation ode to expecting caribou mothers

One of the last mountain caribou left in the Southern Selkirks herd, photographed here in the Darkwoods Conservation Area owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. These caribou have been amazingly hard to track down. (Photo by Dave Moskowitz)

One of the last mountain caribou left in the Southern Selkirks herd, photographed here in the Darkwoods Conservation Area owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. These caribou have been amazingly hard to track down. (Photo by Dave Moskowitz)

Upon our first in-person meeting, Norm Merz, wildlife biologist for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, met us at his office, soaked up to his knees from having already spent the better part of the morning walking through wet meadows. When I spoke...

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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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Hooray for hummingbirds

An Anna's hummingbird on one of her nests. (Photo by Eric Pittman)

An Anna's hummingbird on one of her nests. (Photo by Eric Pittman)

You hear a buzz and see a streak of green, red or purple, and then you realize that a hummingbird just flew by! Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that have captured our attention for as long as humans have co-existed with them. They are...

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Getting lost in the cottonwoods

Ancient cottonwoods, British Columbia (Photo by NCC)

Ancient cottonwoods, British Columbia (Photo by NCC)

As far as trees go, cottonwoods are not long-lived. While an oak might live for a few centuries, cottonwoods (and their kin — poplars and aspens) don’t fare as well. Fast-growing and quick to establish, 60 to 80 years is a long life...

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Exploring Canada on four wheels

Chris Perrin in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BC, 2006. (Photo courtesy Chris Perrin)

Chris Perrin in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BC, 2006. (Photo courtesy Chris Perrin)

I first visited British Columbia in 2006. My brother, our mutual friend and I decided to make an early summer road trip from Montreal to Tofino and back — all in two weeks. There wasn’t any particular reason for the trip other than a...

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Nature through the eyes of young Canadians

Students from John Norquay Public School, Nature Days Vancouver (Photo by HSBC Bank Canada)

Students from John Norquay Public School, Nature Days Vancouver (Photo by HSBC Bank Canada)

When I set out to research young Canadians’ views of nature and their childhood experiences within nature, I had no idea that the results would be only the beginning of a larger conversation about the difference between attitude and...

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