The beauty of bogs

Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve, NL (Photo by NCC)

Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve, NL (Photo by NCC)

You don’t have to stray far from the road on the island of Newfoundland before you come across a bog. In fact, beautiful stretches of this spongy wetland can be seen from the comfort of your own vehicle, as you drive along the...

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

Atlantic puffins (Photo by Bill Caulfeild-Browne)

Atlantic puffins (Photo by Bill Caulfeild-Browne)

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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50 bird species and the sounds that they make

Tufted titmouse (Photo by Jocelyn Anderson, Wikimedia Commons)

Tufted titmouse (Photo by Jocelyn Anderson, Wikimedia Commons)

While many of the birds included are not native to Canada (but may be present as farm animals, pets or invasive species), it is still enriching to listen to birds from around the globe. Some examples of native Canadian birds on the infographic are...

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Don’t forget to brake for snakes

The western rattlesnake. (Photo by Stephanie Winton)

The western rattlesnake. (Photo by Stephanie Winton)

The Okanagan Valley, a hot spot for many at-risk species, is located in the south-central Southern Interior region of British Columbia. It is home to 185 wineries, many golf courses and fruit orchards, and an incredibly diverse landscape that...

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Forces for nature: Celebrating International Women’s Day (part two)

Tessa Strickland (left) and Sofia Becerra make up Ontario all-female GIS team (Photo by NCC)

Tessa Strickland (left) and Sofia Becerra make up Ontario all-female GIS team (Photo by NCC)

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), we are profiling a few faces of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from across the country. These women contribute to our mission and work in different ways. Related...

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Small but mighty — Migrating green darner dragonflies

Common green darner (Photo by Nancy Norman, CC BY-NC 4.0)

Common green darner (Photo by Nancy Norman, CC BY-NC 4.0)

In February when I wrote this blog, I was thinking about my “snowbird” colleagues taking vacations to escape the cold, Canadian winter. Little did I know that right around that time, a species of dragonfly was beginning to migrate...

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Meet your butterfly neighbours

Great spangled fritillary butterfly (Photo by Monica Seidel)

Great spangled fritillary butterfly (Photo by Monica Seidel)

Did you know that there are over 300 butterfly species in Canada, with 150 in Ontario alone? While most people are familiar with the iconic monarch and swallowtail butterflies, there are many other species fluttering around that would love to meet...

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Forces for nature: Celebrating International Women’s Day (part one)

Megan Lafferty (Photo by Victoria Snelgrove)

Megan Lafferty (Photo by Victoria Snelgrove)

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), we are profiling a few friendly female faces from across the country. These women contribute to the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) mission and our work in different ways. Megan...

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5 tips on how to enjoy winter if you’re not a winter person

Pug wrapped up in a blanket — how I feel about winter. (Photo by Unsplash, Natthew Henry)

Pug wrapped up in a blanket — how I feel about winter. (Photo by Unsplash, Natthew Henry)

Have you ever seen the commercials where people frolic about in the snow or cross-country ski in the woods, and thought, “Canadian winter is great, but I’m more comfy on my couch”? I have, and I don’t think I’m alone...

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Plant persistence: Reflecting on the International Year of Plant Health

Graphic by Invasive Species Centre

Graphic by Invasive Species Centre

Of all plants, trees fascinate me the most. I think of the California redwood, standing at enormous heights, resilient and impenetrable. I think of Madagascar’s baobab, evolving in isolation and its branches resembling roots. I think about...

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