Science is for the birds

MAPS station at Big Valley property, SK (Photo by NCC)

MAPS station at Big Valley property, SK (Photo by NCC)

As a summer intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I have had the opportunity to participate in many cool conservation activities. One of the neatest projects I got to work on this past summer was the MAPS station that NCC is running...

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Vinyl siding and the greater sage-grouse (really!)

Greater sage-grouse (Photo by Gordon Sherman © Audubon Canyon Ranch)

Greater sage-grouse (Photo by Gordon Sherman © Audubon Canyon Ranch)

I expect that most of us are aware of the hazards that office towers and other large buildings in urban areas pose to birds. Buildings are not much of a problem in rural Saskatchewan, but fences are. Those barely visible wires can be hazardous to...

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How animals judge distance

Peregrine falcon  (Photo by Stuart Clarke)

Peregrine falcon (Photo by Stuart Clarke)

Animals can jump great distances, dodge predators and catch fast moving prey. How do they do it? They use their binocular vision to judge the distance in a millisecond. The question of how this works came to me from a curious Saskatchewan...

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Travels with Cary

Cary Hamel (Photo by NCC)

Cary Hamel (Photo by NCC)

I really don’t remember many of the specifics from reading John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley. I’m pretty sure Charley was John’s large, curly-haired poodle, which I guess is somewhat similar to my Manitoba counterpart,...

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The blitz of the burdock brigade

Conservation Volunteers with bags of invasive common burdock. (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers with bags of invasive common burdock. (Photo by NCC)

Thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I can now cross off my bucket list my long-nurtured desire to hack away at invasive burdock plants with a machete. In truth, I’d never entertained the idea before signing up as a Conservation...

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Sidney's paradise on the edge of the Moose Woods

Lucy Weston and her family (Photo courtesy of Lucy Weston)

Lucy Weston and her family (Photo courtesy of Lucy Weston)

To tell our story, you have to go back to November 1999 when I met Scott Lawrence, my life partner, on an idyllic beach on the Baja Peninsula, Mexico. I was hitchhiking with a girlfriend, bound for Costa Rica. Scott had motorcycled from Canada and...

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Get to know 10 of Canada’s most significant (and big!) natural areas

(Photo by iStock)

(Photo by iStock)

Large, intact natural areas are home to Canada’s most valuable ecosystems. These spaces are key to our quality of life. Canada’s forests, grasslands, wetlands and coastal areas absorb carbon dioxide, provide buffers for flooding,...

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Mowing for nature

NCC intern Breanna Silverside on a tractor that pulls the industrial mower. (Photo by NCC)

NCC intern Breanna Silverside on a tractor that pulls the industrial mower. (Photo by NCC)

“The lawn mower broke again” is a phrase I have heard from my fellow Saskatchewan Conservation Interns more than once over the summer. When they finally had the tractor and lawn mower working, they would come into the office after a...

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It feels like I’m sending my kid to school ― grazing school

Dundurn property, SK (Photo by NCC)

Dundurn property, SK (Photo by NCC)

So, back in July I was crashing through the bush trying to get back from the west boundary fence of the Dundurn property when I was hit with an analogy, along with a bunch of branches. I had an epiphany of how the Nature Conservancy of Canada...

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Reduce your plastic footprint

Gull with balloon ribbon wrapped around its feet (Photo by Jason Read)

Gull with balloon ribbon wrapped around its feet (Photo by Jason Read)

On World Environment day this past June 5, the United Nations (UN) called for the end of single-use plastic. Using the #beatplasticpollution hashtag, there were all kinds of conversations on Twitter about how to minimize your plastic use. Plastic...

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