Nature therapy (part three): Sit spots, sound walks and yoga

Water lily in a pond (Photo by Pexels, CC0)

Water lily in a pond (Photo by Pexels, CC0)

Connecting with nature, even for five minutes a day, can have tremendous benefits for your health and wellness while helping to reinforce positive new habits. Nature is quiet and resilient and provides an opportunity for us to re-connect with...

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

Snapping turtle (Photo by David Bell, CC-BY-NC)

Snapping turtle (Photo by David Bell, CC-BY-NC)

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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A landmark moment for conservation in Canada

People in nature (Photo by Getty Images)

People in nature (Photo by Getty Images)

I joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) more than a decade ago. At the time, I couldn’t imagine how quickly time would pass, the challenges we would undertake and the successes we would celebrate. In my time with NCC, I’ve...

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The Green World Hypothesis

Sea star (Photo by Samantha Ceci)

Sea star (Photo by Samantha Ceci)

Why is the planet filled with the colour green? What if I told you that the answer to this question originates from an experiment conducted using starfish? In 1963, professor Robert Paine stood on the shore of the Makah Bay in Washington state....

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So you’ve acquired a property. Now what? (part two)

Invasive dog-strangling vine (Photo by NCC)

Invasive dog-strangling vine (Photo by NCC)

In my previous blog, I defined the term baseline inventory, described the behind-the-scenes planning stages, and laid out how we classify vegetation communities on the ground. Read on to find out what other important data we collect in the field,...

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So you’ve acquired a property. Now what? (part one)

Megan Quinn surveying the Emma Young property, ON ( Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Megan Quinn surveying the Emma Young property, ON ( Photo by Mike Dembeck)

New things are exciting. In my first few years as the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s coordinator, conservation biology for eastern Ontario, I couldn’t figure out why my favourite property kept changing. At first, it was the Emma Young...

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

Banded mongooses in a pile (Photo by Mathias Appel, Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0)

Banded mongooses in a pile (Photo by Mathias Appel, Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0)

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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How spending time in nature benefits your baby’s gut health

Sleeping infant (Photo by Daisy Laparra from Pexels)

Sleeping infant (Photo by Daisy Laparra from Pexels)

Being close to nature has motivated my life choices — where I live and how I spend my free time. In these times of COVID-19, where I work is now where I live, and I am lucky to live on a ravine in one of Edmonton’s natural areas, as...

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The ocean has a chance to recover within 30 years

Sea otter (Photo by Kate, Unsplash)

Sea otter (Photo by Kate, Unsplash)

Marine life, habitats and ecosystems have a chance to recover within 30 years according to a new study in Nature. While this would require huge conservation efforts and major policy changes, we have the knowledge to make this happen by 2050. The...

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

Otter making an astonished face (Photo © Harry Walker / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)

Otter making an astonished face (Photo © Harry Walker / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)

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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