Canada Nature

How to Have a Green Valentine's Day

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

My Tips for the Non-Intrusive Enjoyment of Snowy Owls

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

My moment with a snowy owl has been a long time coming. In late 2013 I wrote about my attempts to find one during the Guelph Christmas Bird Count and ...

The Rewilding of Southern Canada Has Brought Back the Raven

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The common raven is part of a pattern of rewilding migrations to southern Canada that have occurred over the last century. Bald eagles, fishers and beavers have similar homecomings. These species originally occurred in southern Canada, but retracted their ranges to northern, wilder homes.

Why I'm Not At All Frightened of Sharks

Robert Osborne | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada
Robert Osborne

Driven by the taste for shark fin soup, long line fisherman around the world are eliminating some 100 million sharks per year -- a reduction, in some cases of 90 per cent of the species. Sharks, being apex predators, breed very slowly. The inevitable result of all that fishing is a complete extinction of many shark species within the next ten years according to Sharkwater.com.

Take Time to Enjoy the Winter Wonderland This Holiday

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

With the mercury dropping from coast to coast, it's easy to want to huddle inside by the fireplace. But most of us find that we're happier when we get outside. For my family, some of our happiest memories have been when we've been exploring nature and the outdoors together.

Les merveilles de la nature et du monde en 15 clichés du Sony World Photography Awards (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics

Le Sony World Photography Awards est déjà bien entamé. Le concours de photographie, ouvert aux amateurs et aux professionnels, s'adresse à tous ce...

A New "National Park" Could Be Coming to a City Near You

David Suzuki | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada's newest "national park" is a vibrant patchwork of green space meandering through dynamic downtown neighbourhoods in one of Canada's densest metropolises, along the former path of a creek buried more than 100 years. It's a welcoming space for birds and bees that's nurturing a new generation of city-builders. And it may spread to your city.

Why Kids Today Need Nature Literacy

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

I worry a lot about how we don't understand nature anymore. Now I'm not talking about the value of nature or the importance of conservation. That worries me too, but what I'm talking about is the basic understanding of the plants and animals that co-exist with us. I'll call this nature literacy.

Makes Me Wonder: Nature Firsts

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

I have a lot of faith in curiosity and wonder, believing in their ability to inspire across disciplines and across all ages. When it comes to the na...

The Human Elephant Conflict in Kerala Has Deadly Consequences

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The situation is dire for Asian elephants as there are approximately 30,000 left on the planet with around 23,000 of them in India, and therefore protecting every single Asian elephant is necessary for the long term survival of this endangered species.

Let's Slow Down, for the Sake of Ourselves and Our Planet

David Suzuki | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We've become impatient. We're so demanding that we're unwilling to slow down and ensure our major projects are sustainable for human society and the biosphere. Over the past century, we've burned increasing amounts of finite fossil fuels that were stored and compressed over millions of years, exacerbating conditions that lead to climate chaos.

Why Learning Outside in Nature Is Good for Teachers and Students

David Suzuki | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Despite all the benefits for students and educators, moving classes outdoors can be daunting. Teachers cite a host of barriers, from parental concerns to lack of time, confidence and support from administration. So how can a teacher ease in (or jump right in) to teaching outside?

Why Water Makes You Happy

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Whether your place is green or blue, there is growing evidence that spending time in nature is not only important but a necessary element of happiness and health.

How Will We Stay Green When Nature Turns Ugly?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

This Canada Day I'm Celebrating Nature and Those Who Protect it

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

This Canada Day, I'm not only celebrating our country's beautiful natural places, which are like no other in the world. I'm celebrating the visionary Canadians who have believed in the importance of protecting the best of what Canada has to offer.

The Secret Behind Nature Conservation in Canada

Dan Kraus | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

There are many reasons why nature conservation is important. We live in a vast and diverse country with habitats and rare species that need our help if they are going to survive. Nature and nature conservation are an important part of our Canadian heritage and our identity.

How One Little Mussel Changed the Great Lakes Forever

Dan Kraus | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The rainbow was once widely distributed and common in many rivers and creeks in southern Ontario. Today it is extremely rare. While we did our part in obliterating the rainbow by polluting its river home, today, the number one threat to this species is invasive, non-native zebra mussels.

Putting A Price on nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

We Should Let Nature Thrive in Cities

Dan Kraus | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Cities rely on nature for their very well-being. Nature in cities reduces energy bills, cleans the air and protects us from floods. There is a growing body of evidence that nature makes us better people and builds better communities.

Why I Love Shooting Bears (With My Camera)

Simon Jackson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

But within communities of passionate wildlife advocates, few topics are as divisive as the perception of wildlife photography. And for good reason. Yes, at times wildlife photography can hurt the subjects we're trying to capture. But seeing bears in the wild is a remarkable experience and positive bear (and wildlife) encounters are critical to creating a culture that appreciates and supports balanced conservation.

Spirit Bears Are Safe Thanks to Youth Leaders

Simon Jackson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

The campaign to save the spirit bear is a full-fledged movement, owned not by the Youth Coalition, but by millions around the world. And having done all we can to take the issue this far, it is up to all of us, as individuals, to take on the responsibility of continuing to make sure that the spirit bear isn't just safe, but will forever be wild and free.

Biodiversity: It's Not Just for Scientists Anymore!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Biodiversity conservation is no longer a topic reserved for scientists. It's an issue that affects all Canadians. But how do we move people beyond just knowing this fact to caring, and beyond that, to acting?

The Ecological Human

J.B. MacKinnon | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Living
J.B. MacKinnon

Only this kind of person can inhabit nature deeply enough to change our troubled relationship to nonhuman life, to observe carefully enough the changes we will continue to make, and to truly love the return of the wild as a formidable presence in our lives.

Canadians Care About Protected Parklands

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Travel
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Tourism in Canada is highly dependent on our parks and conservation areas. We would even go as far to say that our protected parks and conservation areas in Canada are the foundation of a successful future in tourism for Canada.

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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...