Covey Hill, a salamander sanctuary (Photo by NCC)

Covey Hill, a salamander sanctuary (Photo by NCC)


  • Bog fern (Photo by F. Villeneuve)
    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.

  • Eastern spiny softshell turtle (Photo by Kim Pardi)
    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 (Photo by NCC)
    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.

  • Channel darter (Photo by J.R. Shute/Conservation Fisheries)
    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 Tea Field, Montérégie, QC (photo by Mark Tomalty)
    Small and Large Tea Fields

    The Small and Large Tea Fields are among the last great peatlands of the Montérégie region.

  • Pink lady's-slipper, Covey Hill (Photo by NCC)
    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.

  • Bowfin (Photo by Shawn Good)
    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.

  • Pike River, Montérégie, QC (Photo by NCC)
    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.

  • Least bittern (Photo by Steve Arena - USFWS)
    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!

  • Rivière aux Brochets, QC (Photo by Alex Chabot)
    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.

  • John Ryan's paint of his forest in summer
    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.

  • Forked three-awned grass  (Photo by NCC)
    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.

  • common gartersnake (Photo by NCC)
    Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville: A cozy nest for common gartersnake

    In the vicinity of Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville in Montérégie, NCC is protecting an agricultural lot in collaboration with the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) and several teams of professionals, to make it a site with high ecological value.

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