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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 is a wealth of cool facts and thought-provoking reads.
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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

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

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

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
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How to Have a Green Valentine's Day

Have roses, boxed sweets and fancy dinners not been doing much for your latest attempts to woo your love? With glaring reminders of Cupid's day at every retailer in sight, it is easy to lose sight of Valentine's true meaning and "buy" your way through whole ordeal. But if you (or your loved one) beg to differ from the usual fare, try adding some creativity to your celebrations. Here are three non-clichéd ideas to celebrate your Valentine's Day.
02/14/2015 11:37 EST
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How Will We Stay Green When Nature Turns Ugly?

The phrase "extreme weather event" is synonymous with extreme water event, be it flooding, landslide, erosion or polar vortex. Old practices like building on floodplains as in Calgary are proving to be mistakes, especially where the ice-melt from the Rockies has always made downstream residents anxious on both sides of the mountains.
07/25/2014 01:07 EDT