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Wildlife encounters in rural Saskatchewan

My co-worker and I comparing our feet to prints left by a bear in rural BC.(Photo by Matthew Braun/NCC staff)

My co-worker and I comparing our feet to prints left by a bear in rural BC.(Photo by Matthew Braun/NCC staff)

Wildlife encounters during my rural Saskatchewan childhood were rare, and you’d have to include cats and dogs and the numerous coyotes surrounding our farm to really pump my numbers up. And while coyotes arguing with dogs during the quiet...

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Appreciating insects this World Animal Month

Eastern black carpenter ant (Photo by Wally Simpson, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Eastern black carpenter ant (Photo by Wally Simpson, CC BY-NC 4.0)

October is World Animal Month, a time for us to reflect on the important roles that animals play in our lives. Animals are an integral part of human existence, and this month gives us a chance to appreciate their presence and create solutions for...

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Recognition and Reconciliation: The pathway forward is Indigenous-led conservation

Sunset at Hay Bay, Ontario (Photo by Ethan Meleg)

Sunset at Hay Bay, Ontario (Photo by Ethan Meleg)

Friday, September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is intended to provide an opportunity for people to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This day has also been observed as Orange Shirt Day since...

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Prairie perceptions: Learning from landowners

Property in southeast Saskatchewan with a conservation easement with NCC (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Property in southeast Saskatchewan with a conservation easement with NCC (Photo by Jason Bantle)

This summer I was hired as a conservation intern assigned to help Marla, the stewardship coordinator in southeast Saskatchewan. Together, Marla and I travelled to the properties in southeast Saskatchewan that the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)...

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Four months of working for nature: The story of an NCC summer intern

Asquith, SK (Photo by NCC)

Asquith, SK (Photo by NCC)

My name is Mahla, and the “H” in the middle of my name is pronounced, which is a challenge for most people in Canada, including my Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) colleagues. My colleagues' effort to learn the pronunciation of my...

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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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The buzz about bumble bees

Western bumble bee (Photo by sydcannings, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Western bumble bee (Photo by sydcannings, CC BY-NC 4.0)

The western bumble bee is a medium-sized (measuring one to two centimetres in length) bumble bee, with a band of yellow hair across its thorax (the area between its head and abdomen), in line with the base of its wings. It also most often has a...

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A successful day of tree planting at Meeting Lake 03

Volunteers getting a tutorial prior to tree planting (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers getting a tutorial prior to tree planting (Photo by NCC)

For the sixth straight year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Meeting Lake 03 Conservation Volunteers tree planting event brought staff and volunteers together to support forest conservation in Saskatchewan. This is my second...

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One tree at a time: Canada’s forests

Tamarack forest (Photo by NCC)

Tamarack forest (Photo by NCC)

What one habitat type runs through every province and territory, surrounds communities where most Canadians live and covers about 40 per cent of the country? If you guessed forests, you'd be right! We’re lucky to live in a country dominated...

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