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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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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
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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

Putting A Price on nature

Selling carbon offsets is an important funding mechanism for progressive organizations such as NCC and provides critical funds to steward existing properties and conduct future conservation activities. It allows companies to demonstrate the importance of climate change mitigation in their corporate missions.
04/25/2014 05:12 EDT
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Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

When I was a young girl, seeing monarchs flit around was as common as hearing the songs of the meadowlarks and the chipping of ground squirrels. I was fortunate to grow up on the edge of suburban Winn...
02/20/2014 02:50 EST

Why Canadians Love Their Land

Canadians love their land. A recent Ipsos Reid poll reveals that more than 9 in 10 of us value the protected natural areas close to our homes. In 2006, a group of concerned Canadians already understoo...
01/28/2014 11:57 EST
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Labrador: One of Nature's Final Frontiers

If you are a wilderness lover, or an adventurer of any kind, Labrador should be on your list of "must sees." So much of Labrador's nature remains a mystery. It's not hard to see why the New York Times listed Labrador as one of four "Up-and-Coming" travel destinations in 2011, describing it as one of North America's last frontiers.
01/21/2014 07:57 EST

December Is a Time to Review the Status of Canada's Endangered Species

For those of us who are interested in the field of conservation biology, this time of year prompts us to be more thoughtful about lists of a different kind: the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada ceremoniously completes a review of (in overly simplified terms) Canada's endangered species list at the end of each year.
12/19/2013 06:23 EST