Environment and Nature

Published on Thu, 05/17/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Turtles: Canada's culture in a shell

Turtles: Canada's culture in a shell

By Raechel Bonomo, Staff Writer at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

On May 23, World Turtle Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada celebrates these slow but steady creatures.

It was a gloomy day in southern Ontario. Although the canoe I paddled in was quiet, the landscape was anything but, filled with croaks and chirping. Ten feet away emerged a small creature from the glass-like water to stretch its tiny head from under a strong shell. Swimming through shadowy water, the darkness of the lake only made its yellow neck more prevalent. As we carefully paddled closer to our new friend, he greeted us with a distinguishable smile. It was a Blanding’s turtle.

Published on Sat, 04/07/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Volunteer ideas for nature lovers

Volunteer ideas for nature lovers

National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, 2018, is the perfect time to lend a hand in your community.

National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, is the perfect time to lend a hand in your community. With spring finally here, why not take advantage of the more comfortable temperatures and volunteer outdoors? There are many nature conservation volunteer opportunities where you can get some fresh air, meet others with similar interests and explore new areas, all while protecting nature and wildlife.

Published on Mon, 01/29/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Tips on how to squeeze in time for nature

Tips on how to squeeze in time for nature

By Gayle Roodman, Editorial Services Manager at the Nature Conservancy of Canada

We all lead busy lives, full of work and family commitments, errands and to-do lists that, over the course of a day, seem to magically grow longer.

Published on Fri, 01/26/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

This Groundhog Day, it’s all relatives

This Groundhog Day, it’s all relatives

February 2 marks Groundhog Day, a North American tradition dating back to 1888. The groundhog, also called the woodchuck, is the largest member of the squirrel family and one of four marmot species that live in Canada. Rather than just focusing on groundhogs this year, here are some fascinating facts about these rodents and some of their close relatives:

Published on Tue, 01/16/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Make a pledge to nature this year

Make a pledge to nature this year

If you didn't make any New Year’s resolutions, if you’ve given up on the ones you made or if you want to add more to your list, make it a goal this year to devote yourself to nature. Getting out into nature is great for your health, learning about nature expands your knowledge and helping conserve natural areas and the species that live in them is vital to our planet’s health. Here are some ideas on how you can appreciate and give back to nature in 2018:

Published on Sat, 12/23/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

10 ways to start 2018 on a green foot

10 ways to start 2018 on a green foot

With 2017 come and gone, there’s no better time than now to turn over a new leaf. The beginning of a new year brings new possibilities, and we make resolutions that we hope will stick over the next 365 days. Whether you’re hoping to hit the gym more frequently this year, or pledging to devote more time to family and friends, try incorporating nature into your resolutions. By putting more green into your step in 2018, you are not only benefiting the planet, but boosting your own well-being.

Published on Thu, 12/21/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Celebrating another year of conservation successes, coast to coast

Celebrating another year of conservation successes, coast to coast

This year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has a lot to celebrate. Coast to coast, we have conserved more than 20,000 acres (8,208 hectares) of land from the beginning of the year to November 2017 alone, adding to the 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) conserved since 1962. Through Conservation Volunteer events, speaker series’ and fundraising campaigns — and with the help of our partners and Canadians across the country — NCC has marked another great year for conservation.

Published on Wed, 12/20/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

The 12 birds of Christmas

The 12 birds of Christmas

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…fun bird facts! To celebrate the holidays this year, here are some interesting tidbits about 12 different birds found in Canada, some of which are featured in the 12 Days of Christmas song.

Published on Tue, 12/19/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Conservation Volunteers 2017: Another year for the books!

Conservation Volunteers 2017: Another year for the books!

Each year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is astonished at how much time and effort our volunteers across the country contribute. From removing invasive species in Boisé Papineau, Quebec, to conducting dragonfly inventories in Ontario’s Carden Alvar, much of the stewardship work that happens on NCC’s nature reserves is achieved through the support of dedicated volunteers. By December 2017, more than 200 volunteer events, engaging close to 2,750 Canadians, contributed close to 13,200 hours of action dedicated to nature.

Published on Fri, 12/15/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Positive News For Well-Known Canadian Bird

Positive News For Well-Known Canadian Bird

Once on Brink of Extinction, Peregrine Falcon no longer considered at-risk and can be seen in urban areas.

One of Canada’s well-recognized raptors, the peregrine falcon, has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction.  The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it i

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