Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Stories From the Field

  • Honeybee on butterflyweed (Photo by NCC)
    Native plant gardening in Ontario

    This spring, consider a low-maintenance garden that promotes native biodiversity. We've compiled some resources to help get you started.
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  • Minesing Wetlands (Photo by NCC)
    Forests, wetlands and grasslands: The superheroes of flood control

    Forests, wetlands and even grasslands help to slow down erosion, absorb water and provide a natural buffer to lakes and rivers.
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  • Flight Club Marsh sign (Photo courtesy of Paul Brisco, LandSaleListings)
    How a hunt club became NCC’s newest conservation area

    NCC is proud to be the new owner of the Flight Club marsh and part of a landscape-scale collaboration to ensure the Big Creek marshes continue to provide critical habitat for waterfowl and other species.
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  • Blue-spotted salamander (Photo by John Mitchell, Figment Films)
    Salamanders of Pelee Island

    Pelee Island is home to three species of salamander: red-spotted newt, small-mouthed salamander and blue-spotted salamander. It is also home to a unique population of unisexual (all-female) salamanders found nowhere else in Canada.
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  • Southern Norfolk Sand Plain prescribed burn (photo by NCC)
    Blazing a path for butterflies

    NCC staff completed their first prescribed burn in the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain this spring - part of a multi-year habitat management project funded by the Canada Nature Fund to restore grassland habitat for the endangered mottled duskywing.
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  • Native seed kits (Photo by NCC)
    Native gardening...delivered!

    On Friday, May 22, 2020, International Day for Biological Diversity, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and partners brought nature to families’ backyards in the Campbellford area through NCC’s Youth for Conservation project.
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  • Gray fox (Photo by Ken Canning)
    Discover the plants and animals of Pelee Island

    Pelee is the largest in a series of islands known as the Western Lake Erie Islands, and provides habitat for many rare species at the far northern edge of their range. Here are just some of the many species that inhabit this special place.
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  • Eastern bluebird, ON (Photo by Chelsea Marcantonio)
    Help bluebirds in your own backyard

    Build your own, Hazel Bird-approved, bluebird nest box and learn more about this unique bird.
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  • Pink lady's-slipper, ON (Photo by NCC)
    All’s fair in love and pollination

    Learn how orchids are some of nature’s most accomplished tricksters.
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  • Restored wetland, Pelee Island, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Pelee Island is for the birds

    In the warm, green-blue waters of Lake Erie, Ontario’s Pelee Island is a haven for hundreds of species of migratory birds. NCC welcomes you to discover what we are doing to protect this special place, and to come visit.
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  • Conservation volunteers enjoyed three days canoeing the Minesing Wetlands and building fish habitat (Photo by NCC)
    Flats for fish: Building habitat on the Mad River

    This July,15 intrepid NCC Conservation Volunteers, staff and interns embarked on a three-day adventure to build some much-needed fish apartments on the Mad River.
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  • Corn earworm moth on great lobelia, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by Mhairi McFarlane)
    Restoring nature’s kidneys

    Wetlands are among the most productive and important ecosystems on Earth. They provide habitat for wildlife, act as nurseries for fish, reduce flooding and clean our water. But over the last century, many wetlands across Ontario have been lost due to human activity.
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  • Volunteers, Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)
    A day in the field, courtesy of Parkbus

    Thirty-three eager and enthusiastic volunteers from Toronto, via Parkbus, helped NCC plant prairie grasses and wildflowers to assist with our restoration efforts on the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve.
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  • Big brown bat (Photo by Brock Fenton)
    The Bats of Happy Valley Forest and Pottageville Swamp

    Bats are an important part of the ecosystem. Ontario has eight species of bats that depend on mature forests, wetlands and a healthy insect population.
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  • Black-capped chickadee, Hazel Bird Day, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by Cameron Curran)
    Celebrating the birds

    This May, NCC hosted its second Hazel Bird Day on the Rice Lake Plains.
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  • Big brown bat, Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Monitoring for myotis in Happy Valley Forest

    Throughout the past summer, NCC and the Toronto Zoo have been recording the echolocation calls of bats on and around NCC’s conservation lands in Happy Valley Forest.
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  • Wild male turkey (Photo by Wayne Dumbleton, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0)
    The conservation success of an unsung holiday hero

    The shining star of Thanksgiving spreads, this native North American gobbler wasn’t always in abundance.
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  • Carden Alvar, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Episode Four: The Home of the Butcher Bird

    This is the story of a globally rare ecosystem discovered by chance – and why it matters.
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  • Eastern loggerhead shrike, Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by Vincent Luk/Evermaven)
    Saving the shrikes

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced the protection of 31 hectares (78 acres) of key eastern loggerhead shrike habitat north of Napanee.
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  • Pearl crescent, butterfly count, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Bringing back the butterflies

    By removing invasive species, reintroducing regular disturbances, such as prescribed burns, and planting native grassland species, NCC is working hard to get the butterflies back on the Rice Lake Plains.
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