Top 10 blog posts of 2016

Snow forest on Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Snow forest on Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

January 9, 2017 | by Raechel Wastesicoot

This past year, Land Lines published content that celebrated the wonders of the world around us. From adventures on high mountain tops to exploring coastal habitats in Atlantic Canada, stories have come in from Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff members, volunteers and guest bloggers from across the country.

Here are our top 10 posts from 2016, each celebrating nature and the importance of conservation:

10. A Canadian river story

Across Canada, several watersheds flow with spooky stories and fantastic folklore. Learn about the tales of mysterious canoes and mermaid sightings in this blog story.

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9. Turtles: Canada's culture in a shell

In Canada, the turtle's cultural significance is as strong as the shell on its back. In some First Nations myths, this powerful shell, called a carapace, is the foundation upon which the land was built.

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8. Why Canada’s prairies are the world’s most endangered ecosystem

Despite what you may think, Canadian prairies are more endangered than coral reefs!

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7. Five tips to avoid #fieldworkfail

Explore the hilarious misadventures of field scientists and conservation workers in this blog written by an NCC scientist.

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6. On St. Patrick's Day, defy convention and celebrate snakes

Saint Patrick is known as the protector of the rolling hills of Ireland, but unlike him, we at NCC happen to love snakes. Learn more about the species in this post.

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5. More endangered than pandas: 40 Canadian species at risk of global extinction

Learn about the Canadian species topping the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.

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4. Ick, it's a tick! Tips for tick safety

Learn how to keep yourself tick free during your next outdoor adventure.

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3. Let's make a toast to stop feeding bread to birds

Junk food is great, but you shouldn't eat it everyday. Bread is like a Big Mac for birds, so let's toast to keeping it in our kitchens.

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2. Dissecting the dandelion

In the heart of a concrete jungle, one writer takes to her own backyard to explore nature and finds herself facing a familiar species.

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1. Memorizing bird songs made easy with mnemonics

Learn what to listen for the next time you're taking a walk in a forest. What you hear might surprise you.

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Raechel Wastesicoot is the manager, internal communications and culture at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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