Something's Fishy: All about that bass

Largemouth bass (Photo by Trisha M. Shears)

Largemouth bass (Photo by Trisha M. Shears)

When I think of Canada's rich history, I like to look back at all of the knick-knacks in my grandparent's house. Their old two-story home in Oshawa, Ontario served as my own personal museum. Old books, leather crafts from my grandfather’s...

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Adventures on snowshoe

Tracks in the forest of NCC's Lincoln Wetland Nature Reserve in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Tracks in the forest of NCC's Lincoln Wetland Nature Reserve in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

I started snowshoeing regularly last winter, and I am hooked! One of the things I love about it is being able to explore areas that are not easily accessible for most of the year. For instance, crossing a large expanse of wetland can be an...

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To everything there is a season. Tern! Tern! Tern!

Common tern in flight at Tern Island, Tabusintac (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC)

Common tern in flight at Tern Island, Tabusintac (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC)

On a June day last year, I found myself on a small sandy island surrounded by thousands of screaming terns overhead. With the smell of guano filling my nose, I carefully picked my footing around nests containing eggs and thought — it's good...

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Nice habitats, but not for humans

A brightly-coloured mushroom in an alder thicket in the Chignecto Isthmus, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

A brightly-coloured mushroom in an alder thicket in the Chignecto Isthmus, NB (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

As a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) intern, I spent many days this past summer strolling along beaches that rival the Caribbean for their beauty. Not all days could be like that, of course, so some days I hiked (or rather, scrambled) through...

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Highlights of my NCC Conservation Internship

One of the most beautiful places we visited was Shamper’s Bluff, on the Kingston Peninsula of New Brunswick. (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

One of the most beautiful places we visited was Shamper’s Bluff, on the Kingston Peninsula of New Brunswick. (Photo by Joanna Hudgins)

I came into this internship full of excitement for the places I would see and the things I would do. After two years of studying to be a fish and wildlife technician in Central Ontario, I was beyond happy to be working in the Maritimes again. I...

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Mudflats of New Brunswick

Flying over the vast mudflats at Johnson’s Mills, NB (Photo by NCC)

Flying over the vast mudflats at Johnson’s Mills, NB (Photo by NCC)

Brown. Flat. Smelly? A mudflat may not seem exciting at first glance. Even to those who grew up around the Bay of Fundy and are familiar with mudflats stretching as far as the eye can see, they may at first appear lifeless. But this couldn’t...

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Lincoln Wetlands trailblazing

Lincoln Wetlands brush and trailhead. (Photo by NCC)

Lincoln Wetlands brush and trailhead. (Photo by NCC)

I have dedicated the entirety of my adult life to conservation and environmental education. Much of my focus was abroad, but upon returning home to Canada it only made sense to become involved here as well. We live in a country of such vast...

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The unloved bog

Grass pink in the bog at Escuminac, NB. (Photo by Claire Elliott)

Grass pink in the bog at Escuminac, NB. (Photo by Claire Elliott)

Bogs are the unloved wetland. People like marshes because they’re full of ducks and frogs, and swamps can be fascinating for those who love alligators and turtles. But bogs are commonly viewed as swallowers of machinery and unwary hikers, or...

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Par les jeunes d’aujourd’hui, pour ceux de demain

Signature de l'entente de partenariat avec Conservation de la nature Canada. (Photo de CNC)

Signature de l'entente de partenariat avec Conservation de la nature Canada. (Photo de CNC)

Socrate a dit un jour : « Rien n’est trop difficile pour la jeunesse. » Malgré le fait que cette citation a plus de 3000 ans, celle-ci exprime encore très bien notre réalité. Chez moi, dans la...

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Stories from the forest floor

Joanna Hudgins, NCC summer intern, cheerfully collecting bones (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC staff)

Joanna Hudgins, NCC summer intern, cheerfully collecting bones (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC staff)

As a child, I was dogged by an unfortunate desire to pick up all kinds of things in the woods that were deemed inappropriate by adults. I never did understand what was dirty about a bone or a feather. They were fascinating, especially if you could...

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