High-rise loon watching

Mark Stabb on the main deck of the CN Tower (Photo by © Mark Trusz)

Mark Stabb on the main deck of the CN Tower (Photo by © Mark Trusz)

Making the most of the COVID-19 lockdown has meant finally doing some of those “if I only had the time” tasks. Photo sorting and scanning is one of those things for me. It also can mean trying things you never thought you would ever...

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Tales of recovery: Greater short-horned lizard

Greater short-horned lizard. (Photo by Leta Pezderic/NCC staff)

Greater short-horned lizard. (Photo by Leta Pezderic/NCC staff)

I’ve been lucky to have seen many reptiles that are at risk in Canada. I started my ecological career at Point Pelee National Park counting Blanding’s turtles and map turtles. I’ve seen queen snakes poke their heads through the...

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Mhairi’s bird of the day: Lesser scaup

Lesser scaup (Photo by Christian Artuso, CC BY-NC-ND-4.0)

Lesser scaup (Photo by Christian Artuso, CC BY-NC-ND-4.0)

Spotted on March 24, 2020 Lesser scaup Aythya affinis Aythya: from aithuia in ancient Greek, meaning “seabird” Affinis: “related to” in Latin Some birds are easy to identify at a glance, and some are fairly easy with a...

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An original poem: The Bluebirds Have Returned

Mountain bluebird (Photo by Leta Pezderic/ NCC staff)

Mountain bluebird (Photo by Leta Pezderic/ NCC staff)

Springtime is making its appearance across the country. Buds are starting to appear on bare branches, blades of grass turn green again and signs of critters abound. One feathered friend is particularly endearing, and a delight to welcome back: the...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Eared grebe (Photo by evwalters, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Eared grebe (Photo by evwalters, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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Tales of recovery: Eastern bluebird

Eastern bluebird (Photo by Cameron Curran/NCC staff)

Eastern bluebird (Photo by Cameron Curran/NCC staff)

There is perhaps no other bird that has endeared itself into our popular culture as the bluebird. It’s the helpful feathered friend in Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Bluebird is in the lyrics of over 500 songs, performed by...

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Connecting with nature under COVID-19

Danielle Horne (Courtesy of Danielle Horne/NCC staff)

Danielle Horne (Courtesy of Danielle Horne/NCC staff)

On the last weekend in April, I joined the City Nature Challenge 2020, an international effort to document nature in cities around the world, by taking pictures of plants and animals in my neighbourhood in Halifax. This was my second time...

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I just mailed, to say…

A painting of Mount Hereford in Quebec (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

A painting of Mount Hereford in Quebec (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

Let friends and family know you’re thinking of them with a handmade nature postcard If you’ve tried to pick up yeast or flour lately, you may have been surprised to find a lack of both on grocery store shelves. With everyone staying...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Scarlet Macaw (Photo by Maritza, Pexels)

Scarlet Macaw (Photo by Maritza, Pexels)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of...

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Mhairi’s bird of the day: Wood duck

Wood duck (Photo by Frank Vassen/Wikimedia Commons)

Wood duck (Photo by Frank Vassen/Wikimedia Commons)

Spotted on March 23, 2020 Wood duck Aix sponsa Aix: “diving bird” in ancient Greek For the last 10 years, I have been recording my bird observations on my daily bike commute to work, before we started working from home in light of...

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