Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Stories From the Field

  • Conservation Volunteers event, the Happy Valley Forest, Ontario (Photo by NCC)
    Taking time to celebrate our success and say thank you

    Thanks to your support over the years, NCC has been able to do great things for conservation. So let's celebrate our past success, as we look forward, with hope, to meeting each other out in nature again.
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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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  • Winter at the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)
    2019 was a great year in Ontario

    As the birds fly south, wetlands freeze and alvars become covered with snow, stewardship and conservation staff in Ontario have hung up their hats and put away their hiking boots for another season to take stock of what was accomplished.
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  • Eastern chipmunk, Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Simon Yam)
    Explore nature this fall

    Fall is a great time to get out and see some of Ontario's natural spaces.
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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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  • Bruce Peninsula National Park (CNW Group/Parks Canada)
    Driftwood Cove and Bruce Trail protected through collaboration

    Thanks to a collaboration between the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Parks Canada, eight kilometres of the Bruce Trail, along with 1,324 hectares (3,272 acres) of Niagara Escarpment wilderness, is now protected for the long term.
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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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  • 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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  • Twelve-spotted skimmer, dragonfly count, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Treasure hunting in the Minesing Wetlands

    On a warm, sunny July morning, armed with field guides, nets and plenty of sunscreen, 20 volunteers and dragonfly experts descended on the Minesing Wetlands, 12 kilometres outside of Barrie, Ontario, in search of a rare gem – the elusive and at-risk Hine’s emerald dragonfly.
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  • Restored wetland, Pelee Island, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Restoring Ontario’s deep south

    Find out how NCC is creating a haven for species at risk by transforming former agricultural fields to wetlands and meadows on Pelee Island.
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