Mouse-ear hawkweed: Friend or foe?

Mouse-ear hawkweed flower (Photo by mhalsted, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Mouse-ear hawkweed flower (Photo by mhalsted, CC BY-NC 4.0)

A species is considered invasive or alien when it is located outside its natural distribution and threatens humans and/or the environment. There aren’t a lot of clear answers about the impact of certain invasive species and the problem is...

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A case of mistaken identity: Goldenrod and ragweed

Monarch butterfly on Canada goldenrod (Photo by Peter Jessen, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Monarch butterfly on Canada goldenrod (Photo by Peter Jessen, CC BY-NC 4.0)

I count myself fortunate when the change of seasons doesn’t bring about a runny nose, itchy eyes, headache and coughing, among other symptoms brought about by pollen (a fine powder produced by plants for sexual reproduction). Some pollen is...

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A week away: Cape Breton Island

Cain's Mountain (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Cain's Mountain (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Being able to work directly in nature is one of the reasons I love working as a conservation intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Gaining more field work experience at NCC as the summer weeks progressed made for an epic, four-night...

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Introduction to NCC and field work

Samantha Stegen at Prospect, NS (Photo by NCC)

Samantha Stegen at Prospect, NS (Photo by NCC)

Since a young age, I have had a deep appreciation for nature, leading me to complete a bachelor of science degree in environmental science at Acadia University in 2020 and begin my master’s of resource and environmental management at...

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Something’s Fishy: On the down low

Aerial view of Foxner Nature Reserve, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Aerial view of Foxner Nature Reserve, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Many freshwater fish are extremely susceptible to changes in the waters they live in. Pollution and sediments can all impact the health of lakes, rivers and streams. But did you know that temperature can impact the amount of oxygen in the...

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Turtles: Canada's culture in a shell

Blanding's turtle, Frontenac Arch Natural Area, Ontario (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Blanding's turtle, Frontenac Arch Natural Area, Ontario (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

It was a gloomy day in southern Ontario. Although the canoe I paddled in was quiet, the landscape — filled with croaks and chirping — was anything but. Three metres away, a small creature emerged from the glass-like water to stretch...

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Our treasured islands of Mahone Bay

Saling on Mahone Bay, NS (Photo by MICA)

Saling on Mahone Bay, NS (Photo by MICA)

Imagine looking out from a shoreline and seeing beautiful pristine islands nearby. To row, paddle or sail to an island and find it in its natural state is not a dream in the waters of Mahone Bay, southwest Nova Scotia; it is a reality where you...

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Canada's splendid sparrow crew

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Dark-eyed junco (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Sparrows often don’t get enough credit. Many don’t have flashy plumage like jays, orioles or cardinals, or melodic songs like thrushes or meadowlarks; however, sparrow species are often fairly distinct (once you get to know them) and...

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Trail etiquette: The basics

Skyline trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, NS (Photo by Tony Webster, Wikimedia Commons)

Skyline trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, NS (Photo by Tony Webster, Wikimedia Commons)

As an avid naturalist and the stewardship coordinator for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) nature reserves in Nova Scotia, I spend a lot of time hiking and managing trails. I also like to hike in my spare time. With the warm...

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Nova Scotia through the seasons

Victoria Park, Truro (Photo by Brittany Foster)

Victoria Park, Truro (Photo by Brittany Foster)

Living on the southern coast of mainland Nova Scotia, I have the opportunity to experience each season in all of its natural glory. Winter, spring, summer and fall have their own unique sights, smells and sounds. They are marked distinctions in...

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