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Experiencing Canada’s prairie grasslands for the first time

Tall grass prairie in Manitoba (Photo by Jessica Sánchez-Jasso)

Tall grass prairie in Manitoba (Photo by Jessica Sánchez-Jasso)

Colourful, surprising and full of life, grasslands of the Canadian Prairies are one of a kind. My first visit there deepened my passion for biology and reminded me why I fell in love with this field. From my earliest memories, I can recall...

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Unveiling the wonders of Pipestone Creek

Pipestone Creek Bioblitz (Photo by NCC)

Pipestone Creek Bioblitz (Photo by NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) recently partnered with landowners Clint and Jody Blyth to conduct a bioblitz at their Pipestone Creek conservation agreement property. A bioblitz is an event where NCC staff and volunteers come together to...

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Owl hands on deck: Efforts to conserve burrowing owls

Burrowing owl (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Burrowing owl (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

As a communications and engagement intern with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Saskatchewan, I have the opportunity to write and share stories about unique species and I thought writing about burrowing owls would be a hoot! It’s an...

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The McIntyre Ranch — Preserving native grassland and wildlife habitat

McIntyre Ranch, AB (Photo by Leta Pezderic/NCC staff)

McIntyre Ranch, AB (Photo by Leta Pezderic/NCC staff)

There have been many special occasions in the 129-year history of McIntyre Ranch, but, surely, conserving it forever must be one of the most momentous ones. In 1894, William McIntyre began his legacy to conserve grassland in a sustainable manner,...

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The fun-sized swift fox

Swift fox (Photo by RJ Dudragne/ NCC staff)

Swift fox (Photo by RJ Dudragne/ NCC staff)

My name is Emily, and I am the 2023 communications and engagement summer intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Saskatchewan. As part of my job, I get to write stories for Land Lines, NCC’s blog. For my first assignment, I...

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It’s a wall! It’s a fence! No, wait, it’s a conservation tool!

Wildlife friendly fence. You can see where the fence bisected a cattle trail, and will change how cattle move across that piece of land. (Photo by NCC)

Wildlife friendly fence. You can see where the fence bisected a cattle trail, and will change how cattle move across that piece of land. (Photo by NCC)

There could be a joke that starts like this: a wildlife biologist and a rancher stand looking at a fence.... If you’re familiar with all the ways biologists and ranchers push and pull over what types of infrastructure developments are...

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A bittersweet farewell

Kylie's last time leaving OMB, SK (Photo by NCC)

Kylie's last time leaving OMB, SK (Photo by NCC)

I started with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in 2014 as an intern for southwest Saskatchewan. Fresh out of college, I had never been to this part of the province, and quickly realized that it indeed is a different world down there. Roads...

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The making of a bison song

Bison and a sunset at OMB, SK (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Bison and a sunset at OMB, SK (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Matthew Braun is program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Working Landscapes Program in Saskatchewan, and Simon Neufeld is director of research and development for Earth Alive Clean Technologies in Quebec, a...

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Appreciating hibernation

Richardson's ground squirrel (Photo by Charles Thomas Hash, Jr. CC-BY-NC)

Richardson's ground squirrel (Photo by Charles Thomas Hash, Jr. CC-BY-NC)

January 21 marks Squirrel Appreciation Day, an occasion meant to recognize squirrels’ importance in nature. It also happens to be the middle of winter, a time when many animals, including some squirrel species, are hibernating. To me, one of...

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Not to be outfoxed

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Swift fox (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Back in 2017, I wrote a blog detailing my ongoing quest to find a swift fox in the wild. A little over two years later, I thought I would provide an update. Since December 2017, I have continued to spend a substantial amount of time wandering the...

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