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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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Small Acts Of Conservation Go A Long Way This Earth Day

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2017 | 2:52 PM

Prothonotary warbler (Photo by Bill Hubick)

When it comes to nature conservation, a little goes a long way. Small-scale conservation efforts can have a huge impact and help ensure that we and future generations can enjoy precious natural spaces. This Earth Day,...

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Top 10 Forests You Should Visit Across Canada

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2017 | 11:34 AM

Eastern white cedars (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Canada is rich in forest habitats, with many unique forests in each province. More than half of our country is covered in forests, and Canada is home to almost 10 per cent of the world's...

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Discover The Wonderful World Of Canadian Sparrows

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 2:23 PM

When asked to picture a sparrow, I think a lot of us, especially the city dwellers, think of the common house sparrow. Though ubiquitous across southern Canada, this little sparrow is not actually native to North America. This introduced species hails from Europe and, like many immigrants, came...

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5 Reasons To Be Green This St. Patrick's Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 9:06 AM

Musquash Estuary (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

More common than a "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" shirt on St. Patrick's Day, the colour green is all around us. Whether it's the leaves in the trees, on your plate or the scarf of someone sitting...

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10 Of The Weirdest Mating Rituals In Nature

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 5:15 AM

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, it is the perfect time to explore some of the weirdest mating strategies in the animal kingdom. From vicious females to interesting ways to fence, here are 10 of nature's strangest mating strategies:

1. When two become one

When certain...

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Digging Deep Into The History Of Groundhog Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2017 | 4:13 AM

Groundhog Day derives from Candlemas, a festival that has been celebrated since the fourth century. Traditionally, observers would light candles on an early February day to brighten things up, and monitor the weather to see if spring was approaching. Many poems have been written to celebrate Candlemas, such as this...

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12 Facts About Chinese Zodiac Animals To Celebrate The Lunar New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 1:27 PM

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the first day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar. The tradition, believed to have started as early as 2300 BC, is based on a 12-year-long cycle, with each year in the cycle corresponding to a particular zodiac animal sign: rat, ox,...

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You Can Love Wood And Still Be A Forest Hugger

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2016 | 1:19 PM

You have probably bought forest products like lumber for a home reno or notepaper for school supplies and wondered how your purchase affects the forest it came from. You may feel guilty, but you shouldn't if the forest products you buy are harvested sustainably and certified to internationally recognized standards....

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What Knowledge Of How Trees Communicate Means For Forest Conservation

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2016 | 9:44 AM

Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Bruce Kirby)

Japanese people are generally familiar with shinrin-yoku or forest bathing -- the practice of being immersed in a forest. In Germany, the concept is referred to as Waldsehligkeit, a feeling of profound well-being that comes...

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Big Is Good, But We Have An Obligation To Go Bigger

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Lancaster Sound (Photo by Chris Debicki/Oceans North Canada)

In the 18 years I've worked at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I've seen the wonderful things that can happen when people and private organizations work together to protect our most precious natural...

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Do You Get Enough Vitamin N?

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 3:51 AM

Vitamin N is a quintessential component of your health (Photo by HSBC Bank Canada)

You find yourself breathing more deeply, taking in the sharp scent of pine and the sweet mustiness of leaves returning to dust on the forest floor beneath your...

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The Hidden Life Of Trees: Discover A New Way To Look At Forests

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 5:16 PM

To read Peter Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of Trees is to discover a secret world that you never knew existed in the forest. You'll learn how fungi acts as the Internet of the woods to communicate signals between trees and other plant life, mother trees stunt the growth of their...

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How To Camp With A Baby Or Toddler (Relatively) Stress-Free

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 1:05 PM

Camping with young ones doesn't have to be stressful (Photo by Quincin Chan/NCC)

Camping is many Canadian's favourite pastime in the summer. But once there's a baby in the picture, the idea of even car camping with infants and toddlers can be...

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How The Tragically Hip Connect Canadians To Nature

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2016 | 5:28 PM

One of my earliest memories of music came from the speakers of my dad's 1969 Beaumont convertible with the top down. I remember sitting in the back seat, my hair blowing through the wind, and my sister sitting shotgun beside my dad. Blaring and crackling from the radio was The...

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We Need To Work Together To Protect Migratory Bird Habitats

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2016 | 10:31 AM

This year we mark the centennial of the convention between the United States and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) for the protection of migratory birds -- also called the Migratory Bird Treaty -- that was signed on August 16, 1916.

A century ago, it was an era when many...

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Stop Feeding Bread To Birds

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2016 | 1:27 PM


Mallards - male on the left and female on the right. (Photo by Pia Kaukoranta/NCC staff)

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...

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Let Your Love Of Pokémon GO Lead You Closer To Nature

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 3:51 PM

It's safe to say Pokémon GO has made a Gyarados-sized splash for mobile users around the world. The app (which is not yet available in Canada) is turning smart phones into a window to a virtual reality where you can see a Bulbasaur in your office or a...

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Come Visit Canada's Natural Places This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 3:58 PM

Canada turns 149 this year. This Canada Day, let's celebrate our country's majestic lands and waters, which offer habitat to thousands of species.

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...

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We Need To Take Canadian Conservation Seriously

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 11:13 AM


View from Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by M. A. Beaucher)

Our planet is a very different place today than when your grandparents were born. Despite the copious amount of conservation work occurring on a daily basis by...

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Cross-Border Conservation Partnership Benefits All Provinces

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 6:08 PM

Elbow Lake, Frontenac Arch, photo by NCC

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.

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