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My nature love story (Reflections on the eve of COP15)

Megan at Global Youth Biodiversity Network’s Youth Summit (Photo by NCC)

Megan at Global Youth Biodiversity Network’s Youth Summit (Photo by NCC)

As delegates from around the world gather for the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, also known as COP15, there’s a lot happening in Montreal. I’m fortunate to be attending COP15...

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Reciprocity in our relations

Group of Conservation Volunteers at the Red Deer Fence Pull event (Photo by NCC)

Group of Conservation Volunteers at the Red Deer Fence Pull event (Photo by NCC)

When we think about the relationships we have in our lives, it is easy to think about our family and friends. These are people who we can talk to and who we associate with love and happiness. When you think about the relationships in your life,...

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It takes an aspen to make a forest

Aspen Parkland in the fall, Saskatchewan (Photo by Don and Karol Dabbs)

Aspen Parkland in the fall, Saskatchewan (Photo by Don and Karol Dabbs)

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what if the child and the village were one in the same? This hypothetical “village” makes its home in forests as the most widespread tree in North America. And while on the surface it...

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Inspiring youth at COP15

Kenauk, Quebec @Kenauk Nature

Kenauk, Quebec @Kenauk Nature

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP15 for short, is a two-week summit from December 7 to 19, 2022. Taking place in Montreal, delegations from governments, companies and...

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Deep in a thousand-hectare woods: Protecting the magic of Happy Valley Forest

Aerial view of Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Aerial view of Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

One day it rained red in Happy Valley Forest, and I was there to see it. This was not the red rain of cast-off maple leaves in the fall. This rain painted the tree branches in the spring. And I have witnesses. This is how it went down. It was...

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Being happy volunteering in Happy Valley Forest

Squeaky clean signboard at Happy Valley Forest (Photo by Yoke Wong)

Squeaky clean signboard at Happy Valley Forest (Photo by Yoke Wong)

In April 2019, my Tiles and Trails hiking group leader, Daisy, asked if any members would be interested in doing trail maintenance at a nearby nature reserve. I had done trail cleanups in the past, so trail maintenance was a natural fit. Plus, it...

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