Tales of recovery: Trumpeter swan

Trumpeter swan family (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Trumpeter swan family (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Their call is unforgettable. When you hear it for the first time, “trumpeter” makes perfect sense. Even when silent, a trumpeter swan remains impressive. With a wingspan that can stretch to three metres, this white swan is the largest...

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Reconnecting the wild: Ensuring safe passage through animal road crossings

Deer crossing road (Photo by Steven Coffey on Unsplash)

Deer crossing road (Photo by Steven Coffey on Unsplash)

From Victoria to St. John’s, the Trans-Canada Highway stretches across 8,030 kilometres of landscape in Canada. While it covers a lot of ground, it also fractures many habitats that are home to a variety of animals. Deer, moose, bears and...

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Working in a winter wonderland

Kaitlin and I having a purple tongue contest with wild grapes (Photo by NCC).

Kaitlin and I having a purple tongue contest with wild grapes (Photo by NCC).

When I first started at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I remember talking to my supervisor about how much field work I would be doing, and being told that I would probably be in the office most of the time during the colder months because...

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Learning from Indigenous leadership in Haida Gwaii (part two)

The K'uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) village site and monumental poles, a Haida Heritage Site I visited with Haida Style Expeditions. (Photo by Janel Saydam)

The K'uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) village site and monumental poles, a Haida Heritage Site I visited with Haida Style Expeditions. (Photo by Janel Saydam)

Having studied environment and sustainability at the University of British Columbia for my undergrad, there are many things I learned that have made me lose hope in the future of the planet and the humans that rely on its integrity. One of my...

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A new relationship to wildlife is needed for nature and people

Bee on flower (Photo by NCC)

Bee on flower (Photo by NCC)

COVID-19 has brought us unprecedented health and economic challenges. It will test the resolve and resiliency of each Canadian and our nation. Crises have a way of unveiling truths, flaws and misconceptions in any society. Our immediate crisis is...

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

Northern chamois (Photo by Francesca Filippo, NC-BY-CC).

Northern chamois (Photo by Francesca Filippo, NC-BY-CC).

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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Learning from Indigenous leadership in Haida Gwaii (part one)

Windy Bay Creek, a river habitat typical to Haida Gwaii and similar to the Honna River where I was fishing. (Photo by Janel Saydam)

Windy Bay Creek, a river habitat typical to Haida Gwaii and similar to the Honna River where I was fishing. (Photo by Janel Saydam)

Joy, surprise, fear and panic: the flood of emotions that came over me when I finally felt a powerful tug and heard the whine of my reel, which was rapidly losing line. This tug was distinctive, and I immediately knew it was a large fish. When I...

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10 awesome nature documentaries to help pass the time

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

As we self-isolate, social distance and find new ways to connect with friends and family, now has never been a better time to learn more about nature. While Blue Planet and Planet Earth are obvious go-tos, we’re sharing some other awesome...

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International Beaver Day

Beaver (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Beaver (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Emily Little is leaving Saskatchewan. In fact, by the time you read this, she will have left already. As part of the tidying up at work that happens when someone winds down their stay and moves on, Emily and I talked about things that should be...

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

Lesley Neilson on a sailboat at Winter Cove, BC (Photo by Astrid Neilson-Miller)

Lesley Neilson on a sailboat at Winter Cove, BC (Photo by Astrid Neilson-Miller)

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

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