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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 is a wealth of cool facts and thought-provoking reads.
Mike Dembeck

Maintain Forests And Plant Trees To Breathe With Ease

June 7 was Clean Air Day. Part of Canadian Environment Week, this special day aims to drive awareness about air quality. The negative impacts of air pollution on our health are now well-known. In fact, tens of thousands of Canadians suffer from respiratory problems related to and worsened by air pollution.
06/08/2017 07:35 EDT
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How To Keep Your Garden Canadian

Many of the plants we have in our yards are not native to Canada. In some cases, these non-native plants are invasive and can intrude into nearby natural areas or affect the growth and spread of native species. In most cases, native plants provide better habitat for birds and pollinators than non-native plants. Honey bees depend on native plants in order to produce honey and survive while doing their part to spread these native species.
05/17/2017 04:43 EDT

Meet Nature's Most Devoted Mothers

Polar bear with cubs (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons) Every day, millions of mothers around the world work tirelessly to protect and provide for their young. This Mother's D...
05/12/2017 05:23 EDT
Bees Matter

Small Acts Of Conservation Go A Long Way This Earth Day

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, the Nature Conservancy of Canada challenges you to partake in at least one small act of conservation.
04/21/2017 02:53 EDT
Mike Dembeck

Top 10 Forests You Should Visit Across Canada

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 forests. We've chosen ten of our forest properties that are publicly accessible for you to explore.
04/18/2017 11:34 EDT
Mike Dembeck

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

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 across from you on public transit, it's hard to go a day without seeing green.
03/17/2017 09:06 EDT
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10 Of The Weirdest Mating Rituals In Nature

Male argonaut octopuses have a detachable phallus, which is a small sperm ball inside a hectocotylus (modified octopus arm). When a female argonaut octopus swims by, the male's phallus detaches from his body, floats to the female and mates with her. The female can store multiple phalluses in her spacious mantle cavity (the cavity in which the gills are found). Shortly after releasing its phallus, the male dies.
02/09/2017 06:15 EST
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Digging Deep Into The History of Groundhog Day

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 Scottish couplet: "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year."
02/02/2017 05:13 EST
Mike Dembeck

You Can Love Wood And Still Be A Forest Hugger

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.
12/15/2016 02:19 EST
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Big Is Good, But We Have An Obligation To Go Bigger

Now is the time for us to take the big step. Conservation is no longer about creating one on one partnerships. Instead, we need to work together to advance the social bottom line, and make a significant difference towards our domestic and global contributions.
11/09/2016 05:39 EST
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Do You Get Enough Vitamin N?

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 feet. For a moment, the quiet is broken only by birdsong -- the notes that signalled the absence of predators nearby to generations of your ancestors -- and your pulse rate slows. Some neglected part of you is home, and you realize you've left your worries somewhere between your front door and this moment. This is the power of nature.
11/08/2016 04:51 EST