Canada Nature

Misusing Biodiversity Offsets Creates The Illusion Of Sustainability

Dan Kraus | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Under no net loss, the loss of one acre of habitat displaced by development is replaced with one acre of the same habitat. In theory, we should end up with the same features and functions as we had before, and have no loss. Unfortunately, no net loss rarely works this way.

Local Isn't Better When It Comes To How Your Food Is Grown

Blair King | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Modern agricultural practices are the only reason the earth can feed more than seven billion souls while still leaving any room for nature. By returning to our pastoral roots we risk setting back environmental progress while negatively affecting human and ecological health.

No Act Is Too Small In The Fight To End Climate Change

Beverley Golden | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

If you want change; be the change. Remember the power of one. If you don't do anything, nothing will change. So do something. Our future depends on it. No act is too small. How will you contribute?

The Many Marvels Of The Mysterious Mushroom

David Suzuki | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
David Suzuki

Until 1969, biologists thought mushrooms and other fungi were plants. They're actually more closely related to animals, but with enough differences that they inhabit their own distinct classification. This and more recent findings about these mysterious organisms illustrate how much we have yet to learn about the complexities of the natural world.

15 Moments Where Mother Nature Took Your Breath Away

Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living

The best part of getting off the beaten path and driving somewhere you’ve never been before is the good chance of seeing something absolutely new. N...

Hard, Soft and Slow: Mountain Adventure Tourism

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Travel
Tamara Griffiths

Generally slow adventures are offered in remote or fragile environments, like mountains. There is an ecological aspect to it, to preserve and conserve the beauty of the environment. This links to Baby Boomers' reported need for beautiful and unspoilt.

Why Canada's Forests Matter

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.

Canada's Old-Growth Forests an Environmental Treasure

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?

Will Generation Z Give Us Superheroes for the Planet?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Parents
David Suzuki

A growing body of research confirms the health benefits of getting outside. Kids who spend time in nature every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don't. As parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators, it's our responsibility to raise kids with healthy nature habits.

Here's Where You Can Go for a Hike This Fall

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

British Columbia's North Coast Needs Our Protection

WWF-Canada | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Impact

Canada is a treasure trove of rivers, lakes and wetlands supporting countless communities, economies and species. With freshwater species experiencing the greatest rate of decline in what is being referred to as the sixth great extinction, Canada must step up efforts to improve watershed health for people and animals. For a prime example of our freshwater health and wealth, we need to look no further than the Skeena watershed on the northwest coast of British Columbia.

Healthy Environment Nurtures Healthy People

David Suzuki | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

If we disconnect from the natural world, we become disconnected from who we are -- to the detriment of our health and the health of the ecosystems on which our well-being and survival depend. Understanding that we're part of nature and acting on that understanding makes us healthier and happier, and encourages us to care for the natural systems around us.

Top Tips for a Great Day Hike!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I love going on a day hike. Nothing is better than being out with friends enjoying nature and having a laugh. But from time to time, when I am on the trail I do see people who look distressed or uncomfortable. Day hikes are much more fun and enjoyable (and safe too!) when you have the top tips to make your outing great.

How to Uncomplicate Camping

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Camping can be the best memories that you can share with your friends or family. Growing up, I really loathed camping and actually being outdoors in general. I did not see the point of it. But now I love it. Being in nature is a requirement for me to live a happy, balanced life.

12 Ways to Improve Your Nature Photography Game

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

Stormer Of A Dormer

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Extending doesn't always have to mean adding extra bedrooms. Today, Colin & Justin pimp up their cottage with an exciting shower room - built as a pr...

How To Feel And Look Great In The Outdoors!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I was lucky enough to speak with Jasmin Ghaffarian, Director of Womens Outdoor Outerwear & Lifestyle, The North Face. Jasmin shared with me the top trends for outdoor wear this summer and some of the latest innovations

My Safari Adventure Through an Indian Wildlife Sanctuary

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Shannon Skinner

I am bouncing in the back seat of an open Jeep as it meanders through India's Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeastern state of Assam. Despite the spitting rain, I am grateful to experience my first-ever safari.

How to Fuel Your Body Before and After Gardening

Jane Dummer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Did you know that gardening is not only good for the environment, but it also promotes both mind and body health? Just like the soil and plants in the garden, we need to make sure we are adequately fueled and hydrated. Before or after a few hours of planting flowers and pulling weeds, I recommend these two simple, delicious go-to recipes to help keep you energized all day long.

When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

Most Media Stories About Wildlife Usually End Up Being About Us

Maija Leivo | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Maija Leivo

When I consider most media stories about wildlife, it usually ends up being about us.

I Hugged a Tree and I Liked It

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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.

When I Go Wild, people and Nature Thrive

David R. Miller | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

As spring finally heats up in the east, I'm reminded of all the reasons why I get outside and like to go wild and immerse myself in nature. Of course, exercise is important (for me and my dog Jimmy) and it's nice to clear my mind, but as I do it, it reminds me why protecting nature is an important daily responsibility.

How to Have a Green Valentine's Day

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.16.2015 | 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.