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Birders of a feather: Ethical wildlife photography

Common Yellowthroat,ON (Photo by Gen Pintel)

Common Yellowthroat,ON (Photo by Gen Pintel)

Over the past six years, birding and bird photography have become outlets for me to connect with nature. These pursuits also connect me with others, especially those who get just as excited as me when they come across a blackburnian warbler,...

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Big Backyard BioBlitz: Snapshots and sound bites to help nature

Big Backyard BioBlitz (Photo by Kontakt)

Big Backyard BioBlitz (Photo by Kontakt)

Just like nature, community science has room for everyone, from the eagle-eyed expert to the newly hatched naturalist. And your contributions can help scientists and conservation organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)....

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The challenge of invasive species control

Japanese knotweed (Photo by Paula Noel/NCC staff)

Japanese knotweed (Photo by Paula Noel/NCC staff)

I've spent my summer vacations along the Wolastoq River in New Brunswick since the late 90s. The riverbanks hosted a variety of native plants and animals typical for this area, including various grasses and sedges, maples and even poison ivy....

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Reflecting on a year of collaboration on National Indigenous Peoples Day

L-R: Kevin Teneycke, Gordon Beddome, Ken Norquay and Josh Dillabough at Wabano Aki (Photo by Fayaz Hasan / NCC Staff)

L-R: Kevin Teneycke, Gordon Beddome, Ken Norquay and Josh Dillabough at Wabano Aki (Photo by Fayaz Hasan / NCC Staff)

Today, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day. At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we celebrate and honour the unique diversity, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples across the country. NCC works on the traditional...

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Pollinators and the future of food

Bumblebee, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by Mhairi McFarlane/NCC Staff)

Bumblebee, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by Mhairi McFarlane/NCC Staff)

Starting my day with a variety of fresh fruits is my version of a fresh cup of coffee. One of my fondest memories is from my time in Vancouver several years ago, visiting a nearby park filled with highbush blueberries. A friend and I would spend...

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Toppling hurdles for turtles

Painted turtle nesting (Photo by Rod Steinacher)

Painted turtle nesting (Photo by Rod Steinacher)

I have always loved turtles. So, when my first task as an intern with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in midwestern Ontario was to conduct turtle surveys across the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron, I got excited. One of the things I...

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Experiencing Canada’s prairie grasslands for the first time

Tall grass prairie in Manitoba (Photo by Jessica Sánchez-Jasso)

Tall grass prairie in Manitoba (Photo by Jessica Sánchez-Jasso)

Colourful, surprising and full of life, grasslands of the Canadian Prairies are one of a kind. My first visit there deepened my passion for biology and reminded me why I fell in love with this field. From my earliest memories, I can recall...

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Prince Edward Island: A bird’s-eye view

Blooming Point Nature Reserve, PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Blooming Point Nature Reserve, PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

A popular destination for both people and birds, Prince Edward Island is a natural treasure in Atlantic Canada. The small island (5,620 km2) is one of the most densely populated provinces in the country. The island holds historical and natural...

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Development needs can conflict with nature, but with knowledge we can grow together

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Andrew Herygers/NCC staff)

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Andrew Herygers/NCC staff)

Our lives depend on nature. From the water we drink, to the air we breathe and the experiences we enjoy outdoors, nature makes it possible. But what happens to these nature-based services as the world’s resource needs evolve and climate...

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Nature makes it possible

“Nature is the like most skilled of therapists, the warmest of old friends, and the most nurturing of beloved family members, all wrapped up together. Nature is where I go to heal, recharge, and reawaken.” (Photo of Bruce Peninsula National Park by Brianne Curry/NCC staff)

“Nature is the like most skilled of therapists, the warmest of old friends, and the most nurturing of beloved family members, all wrapped up together. Nature is where I go to heal, recharge, and reawaken.” (Photo of Bruce Peninsula National Park by Brianne Curry/NCC staff)

Nature is and always has been the answer. It sustains us. It is resilient. It has the power to heal and inspire. The Nature Conservancy of Canada recently invited staff to share how nature inspires, nurtures and makes life possible for them. Just...

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