Tourbière-de-Venise-Ouest Nature Reserve: A site to explore and protect
In 2011, Tourbière de Venise-Ouest (peatland), located on land owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), was established as a nature reserve. Covering an area of 228 hectares (563 acres), it straddles the municipalities of Venise-en-Québec and Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville.
Pike River and its spiny softshell turtles
We’re solving two problems concerning the spiny soft-shell turtle: defining its name and protecting its only known nesting site in Quebec!
Spiny softshell turtle habitat conservation
The spiny softshell turtle, one of eight freshwater turtle species found in Quebec, owes its name to its leathery shell and its soft spines near its head. In the past, this reptile could be seen in the Ottawa River, the St. Lawrence River and the Richelieu River. Today, in Quebec, the spiny softshell turtle is only found here on Lake Champlain.
Protecting the fish of the Richelieu River
Île Deschaillons is located in the Richelieu River in Saint-Roch-de-Richelieu, about 20 kilometres from Sorel-Tracy. Here, NCC protects a 20-hectare (49-acre) area that supports a channel rich with aquatic plants, waterfowl and at-risk fish species.
Small and Large Tea Fields
The Small and Large Tea Fields are among the last great peatlands of the Montérégie region.
Covey Hill: A symbol of our natural heritage
Covey Hill is a true jewel of nature, complete with idyllic landscapes, clear streams, beautiful woods and charming orchards and vineyards.
Male bowfin: an exemplary dad
What has a flat tail, a remarkable set of teeth and swims with its head above the water? You might be thinking of the famous rodent that graces the Canadian five-cent coin, but no. It’s a fish — the bowfin.
An important study of the Rivière aux Brochets system
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) team visited 200 bridges and culverts to identify water flow problems. The two core issues they discovered were fish movement and flooding. You can view an interactive map of the results in this article.
Protecting nature is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!
The Nature Conservancy of Canada now protects five islets in the Richelieu River. Several animals frequent these islets, and rumour has it that there may even be a turtle species in the area that’s not supposed to be there!
Restoring shoreline in the heart of a village
A piece of farmland in the heart of Frelighsburg is about to get a makeover, thanks to the joint efforts of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and residents.
A land of sharing and diversity
Land that belonged to one family for two centuries is now being protected by NCC. The exceptional forest here has inspired art, connection and healing.
NCC protects a rare dune plant in the Montérégie: forked three-awned grass
In the municipality of Saint-Anicet, on the south shore of Lac Saint-François (where the St. Lawrence widens, southwest of Montreal), lies a rare dune species fighting for survival: forked three-awned grass.