Coyote Lake, UNSRB, AB (Photo by NCC)

Coyote Lake, UNSRB, AB (Photo by NCC)

Stories From the Field

  • Cattle drinking from water system (Photo by NCC)
    Hooves out of the water, please

    Riparian zones, which are areas along rivers, streams, wetlands or man-made dugouts, play a significant role in the health of plants and animals. They are also extremely sensitive to disturbance because the soil is often full of lush vegetation and saturated with water. Because of the high water content, the ground is susceptible to compaction or erosion, and the lush vegetation is favoured by wildlife and livestock for grazing.
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  • Richard DeSmet at Ghost Horse Hills (Photo by NCC)
    Ghost Horse Hills

    It's clear as I watch Vera and Richard carry their butterfly nets across their property, laughing and smiling as they interact with volunteers and staff alike, that this place is their home.
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  • Jackie Bastianon (Courtesy of Jackie Bastianon)
    The day we tried to keep up with a field intern

    Every summer, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hires a handful of conservation technicians, or interns, in each province. Each intern reports to a natural area manager (NAM), and over the summer their jobs entail helping out with monitoring and stewardship tasks on secured properties.
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  • Denise and Avery at a CV event (Photo by NCC)
    A bond formed in nature

    Avery attended her first CV event with her grandmother when she was only 18 months old. It was a butterfly catching event in Ghost Horse Hills and they have attended several every year since.
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  • Underwing moth (Photo by NCC)
    Spending an evening with the moths

    A recent Night with the Moths event was held on an NCC property in the Beaver Hills, east of Edmonton. Local lepidopterists Loney Dickson and Dave Lawrie conducted an evening moth survey with our LICs.
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  • Bird on fence post at Golden Ranches (Photo by NCC)
    NCC makes fences wildlife-friendly

    This change in fence design will help improve habitat for elk, mule deer, and other species that live in the Beaver Hills area by allowing them to move safely across the landscape.
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