Something’s Fishy: Back to school

Black crappie (Photo by Eric Engbretson, USFWS)

Black crappie (Photo by Eric Engbretson, USFWS)

September is a time for new beginnings. For many across Canada, a new school year has begun. Some may have just started post-secondary school, thousands of kilometres from their parents, while others might be attending school for the very first...

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Get your shinrin-yoku on this fall

Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

The first time I heard about shinrin-yoku, I was stuck in westbound traffic along Highway 401. The radio was tuned to CBC, where the content discussed on the morning show usually offers a reprieve from whatever lies ahead on the commuter-packed...

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A summer of reconnecting with nature

Toronto's Don Valley (Photo by Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

Toronto's Don Valley (Photo by Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

This past summer, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff across the country were fortunate enough to receive two days to spend connecting with nature. Called Nature Days, these were meant to be used anytime between summer solstice (June 21) and...

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Learning to listen: Bringing students closer to nature

A teacher conducts a lesson in the forest (Photo by the Nature Office for the International Day of Forest Kindergarten)

A teacher conducts a lesson in the forest (Photo by the Nature Office for the International Day of Forest Kindergarten)

Children and young students face a world that competes for and demands their attention every second of every day. Teachers face an even more daunting task, as they work to hold their students’ attention while educating and nourishing their...

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Everything you need to know about the threat of grass carp to the Great Lakes

Grass carp (Photo by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee)

Grass carp (Photo by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee)

Do you love fishing and boating on the Great Lakes? Are you passionate about the wildlife that live in the Great Lakes? If so, we have an important mission for you: Be on the lookout for grass carp! Grass carp is one of four invasive Asian carp...

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On top of the Lion’s Head

Lion's Head Provincial Park Reserve trail sign (Photo by Hai Lin Wang/NCC staff)

Lion's Head Provincial Park Reserve trail sign (Photo by Hai Lin Wang/NCC staff)

As a communications intern at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I write a lot of stories about our conservation technicians and interns, who spend most of their time out in the field, soaking up the scenery of some of Canada’s rarest...

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Grandfather nature

My grandfather and I on a sailboat at the 2013 Hunter Family Reunion at Inver Huron Beach, ON (Photo courtesy of Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

My grandfather and I on a sailboat at the 2013 Hunter Family Reunion at Inver Huron Beach, ON (Photo courtesy of Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

I partly owe my love of nature to my grandfather. He likely developed his own fascination with nature from growing up on a farm in the historic Meadowvale Village in Mississauga, Ontario. When I was three years old, my grandfather moved into a...

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The language we all speak

Me as a child in China (Photo courtesy of Hai Lin Wang)

Me as a child in China (Photo courtesy of Hai Lin Wang)

One of the most common questions people ask me is why I chose to study conservation. For a long time, I couldn’t answer that question. Unlike most of my classmates and fellow interns at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I did not grow...

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Something’s Fishy: Dace of shade

Redside dace (Photo by K. Schmidt)

Redside dace (Photo by K. Schmidt)

Fine, I’ll say it: as a redhead, I have an affinity for red-coloured species. It’s an unspoken alliance we gingers have — walking, swimming or climbing through a world where we might stand out from the crowd based on our...

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The Carden Challenge: A treat for nature lovers

The start of the Carden Challenge (Photo by Cameron Curran Photography)

The start of the Carden Challenge (Photo by Cameron Curran Photography)

In the blink of an eye, you could miss one of Ontario’s natural heritage treasures, found along Kawartha Lakes Road 6, called the Carden Alvar. Deep in the heart of the Carden Alvar, a bustle can be heard in late May along the back roads....

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