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The Nature Conservancy of Canada

With offices in every province and over 2.6 million acres of land protected in more than 50 years, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading land conservation organization. With a bevy of experts, thought leaders and information on our daily discoveries about Canada’s species and landscapes, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s blog www.landlines.ca is a wealth of cool facts and thought-provoking reads.
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Big Is Good, But We Have An Obligation To Go Bigger

Now is the time for us to take the big step. Conservation is no longer about creating one on one partnerships. Instead, we need to work together to advance the social bottom line, and make a significant difference towards our domestic and global contributions.
11/09/2016 05:39 EST
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Do You Get Enough Vitamin N?

You find yourself breathing more deeply, taking in the sharp scent of pine and the sweet mustiness of leaves returning to dust on the forest floor beneath your feet. For a moment, the quiet is broken only by birdsong -- the notes that signalled the absence of predators nearby to generations of your ancestors -- and your pulse rate slows. Some neglected part of you is home, and you realize you've left your worries somewhere between your front door and this moment. This is the power of nature.
11/08/2016 04:51 EST
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How To Camp With A Baby Or Toddler (Relatively) Stress-Free

Camping with infants doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, babies are incredibly adaptable. It might take a couple of days for babies to completely adapt to the different sleep environment, but once you have established a routine, they usually sleep extremely well in the tent, especially after a fun day of activities.
09/08/2016 01:05 EDT
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How The Tragically Hip Connect Canadians To Nature

The Tragically Hip has heavily influenced Canadians ever since the band first broke the scene 30 years ago, and The Hip's music continues to influence Canadians of all ages to this day. Canadian music has become synonymous with The Tragically Hip. In addition to their music being adored across the country, each of their 14 studio albums is laced with lyrics that pay homage to Canada.
08/18/2016 05:28 EDT
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Stop Feeding Bread To Birds

Junk food is great, but I bet you wouldn't eat it every day for a week, at the risk of feeling terrible at the end of it. You know it tastes good but it lacks nutritional content and I'm pretty sure parents don't want to feed their kids fast food every day. With that said, then why feed bread to birds?
07/29/2016 01:26 EDT
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Come Visit Canada's Natural Places This Summer

From the rocky mountains of British Columbia to the sandy shores of Prince Edward Island, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and its partners have conserved 2.8 million Canadian acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) for the benefit of our children and grandchildren. So why not visit some of them this summer?
06/30/2016 03:58 EDT
Karol Dabbs

Cross-Border Conservation Partnership Benefits All Provinces

There has been a lot of attention and coverage in recent days about close relations between Canada and the United States and meetings between our respective political leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest. Among these many common issues, one area where there has been friendship and considerable goodwill for more than 30 years is the shared pursuit of conservation.
04/01/2016 06:08 EDT
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This St. Patrick's Day, Try Celebrating Snake Patrick's Day

To this day, the grassy landscapes of Ireland remain free of any snake species. And despite the popular tale of Saint Patrick banishing them all, they always have. According to scientists, there has never been any fossil evidence of snakes found on the island; proving no snake has ever slithered on Irish soil. It is believed snakes were unable to reach these lands due to the Ice Age, which kept Irish territory too cold for snakes to survive.
03/16/2016 11:48 EDT
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The Science Behind The Great Bear Rainforest Deal

The Great Bear Rainforest Agreement was negotiated by such a diverse group of interests that at times consensus seemed all but impossible. Independent conservation science played a key role in bringing these seemingly incompatible interests to the same table. The science helped them find common ground when discussing how to manage and relate to this very special place.
02/11/2016 05:44 EST
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Canada Should Be A Global Leader In Natural Habitat Conservation

Canada has a rare opportunity, indeed an obligation, to be a world leader in the conservation of natural habitat and by doing so to contribute directly to the fight against climate change. Conservation of our natural ecosystems is integral to any effective Canadian strategy to slow climate change and to mitigate its effects. Significant scientific evidence shows that the destruction and clearing of forests, grasslands and wetlands, in addition to the burning of fossil fuels, has resulted in a substantial increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere.
12/10/2015 05:15 EST
Simon Wilson

Canada's Old-Growth Forests an Environmental Treasure

It's often said that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. But what about the grandparents of the natural world? Old-growth forests come to mind. They are structurally and ecologically diverse and often remain very stable for centuries, feature multi-layered canopies with various tree species at different stages of their life cycle.
09/24/2015 12:18 EDT
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Here's Where You Can Go for a Hike This Fall

If you haven't hiked before, you may be wondering where to start -- literally, as in where to start your hike. For the urbanites among us, hiking may seem like something that is done far, far away. But I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to hear how many trails you can find in the city.
09/15/2015 08:31 EDT
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12 Ways to Improve Your Nature Photography Game

If one of your goals when you get outside to enjoy Canada's vast natural spaces this summer is to bring home some awe-inspiring photographs, you may be wondering where to start. We spoke with Bruce Kirkby, an award-winning wilderness writer and adventure photographer to get his take on what makes a great nature photo.
06/30/2015 12:00 EDT
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When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.
04/28/2015 05:26 EDT
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I Hugged a Tree and I Liked It

When I discovered the German word Waldensemkite -- the feeling of peace that one gets when being alone in the woods -- it made me wonder how real are these experiences? Did this invisible forest mist have an impact on me? As a scientist, I relish the experiment. So for one week, I would spend at least five minutes maximizing the human/tree interface, i.e. tree hugging.
04/15/2015 12:57 EDT