Canada Nature

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

David Suzuki | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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...

Mother Nature Gives Back: Stunning Ice Caves Form Following Months of Harsh Winter Weather

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Jennifer Pellegrini

No-one I've talked to, including people who have lived here their entire lives and whose parents grew up here, can ever remember seeing something like this happen before. And because it takes a confluence of perfect weather conditions to create these massive snow-castles, it may never happen again in our lifetime.

Does it Matter if a Non-Descript Plant Goes Extinct? The Jenga theory of biodiversity

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Recently, I was interviewed about the discovery of a little flowering plant -- one of the rarest in my home province and a federally listed species at...

Why Canadians Love Their Land

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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 2...

Labrador: One of Nature's Final Frontiers

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Travel
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

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

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

Not-for-profits must earn their social licence

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

With much in the news these days about the troubles facing a prominent BC land trust, it is no surprise that people are raising questions about what the future might hold for other conservation areas and heritage sites, and for land trusts in general. How can we continue to have confidence in land trusts if the protection they promise appears to be fleeting?

How Salmie the Sea Lion Shows Us the Trouble With Humans

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

Today is a very special day for me. It is the release of the Earth Body Yoga dvd project (Earth Body Yoga) that is an incredibly powerful ritual to...

What is the 'Power of N'?

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada
Carlo Montemagno

Over the past number of months, many have asked me what the "power of N" means. The phrase is very simple, yet it has many different layers of meaning...

Why Do Forests Matter? A Call to Conserve the Last Great Forests

Dan Kraus | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The changes we have seen more recently in our forests have not been caused by plate tectonics or long term climate cycles, but by me, by you, by us. We have converted almost 50 per cent of our planet's forests into croplands, ranches, plantations, subdivisions and highways.

Don't Let Your Kids Suffer From "Nature Deficit Disorder"

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

The absence of nature in early years has been linked to a loss of emotional and physical well-being, impaired social skills, poor memory and declining academic performance, to name a few. My son will turn six years old next month. How will I help him find his special places, like my cedar forests?