Environment and Nature

Published on Wed, 02/13/2019 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Conservation is a labour of love

Conservation is a labour of love

By Christine Beevis-Trickett

Valentine’s Day has become a time to celebrate the ones we love. But this year, I’m also thinking about those whose passion for natural areas has led to their long-time conservation of the places that Canadians love and enjoy. I was reminded recently of the importance of passion for nature when it comes to conservation while reading the late Dr.

Published on Fri, 02/01/2019 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Wetlands play a critical role for people and nature

Wetlands play a critical role for people and nature

By Dan Kraus

February 2 is World Wetlands Day

I live next to a swamp. After 20 years of having this swamp as my neighbour, it’s kind of grown on me. I enjoy the spring flush of marsh marigolds, the annual reawakening of spring peepers, and I still smile when I see a colourful wood duck perched in a tree.

My swamp has two sources that keep it wet: water that seeps from the ground, and runoff from snowmelt and heavy summer rains. All wetlands are wetlands because they are permanently or seasonally wet.

Published on Fri, 01/25/2019 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Five facts about grizzly bears that will surprise you

Five facts about grizzly bears that will surprise you

Perhaps no other animal symbolizes the stunning beauty of the Canadian wilderness as much as the grizzly bear.

Perhaps no other animal symbolizes the stunning beauty of the Canadian wilderness as much as the grizzly bear. A type of brown bear, grizzly bears occur in the wilderness of western and northern Canada. The species' scientific name, Ursus horribilis, means “terrifying bear.” However, although they won’t shy away from protecting their food or their young, grizzly bears are typically peaceful creatures.

Published on Mon, 01/21/2019 by Scouts Canada

Take Winter Adventures to the Next Level with Scouts Canada’s Ultimate Camping Hacks

Take Winter Adventures to the Next Level with Scouts Canada’s Ultimate Camping Hacks

Winter and camping, an oxymoron? Or the ultimate outdoor adventure? The experts at Scouts Canada agree with the latter!

Picture this, you’ve just set up camp and have a warm fire roaring, when white billows of snow begin to fall around you. There’s nothing more Canadian than winter camping, but of course, warmth, comfort, and safety should be top of mind before planning your next (or first) camping venture in cold temperatures.

Published on Fri, 01/11/2019 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Open for business: Making an insect hotel

Open for business: Making an insect hotel

Make your backyard or green space open for vacancy by making an insect hotel!

As temperatures reach below the freezing mark, wildlife seek shelter from the snow and winter. As someone who tends to wait out winter indoors, under a blanket fort with a warm coffee and book in hand, only occasionally bundling up to brave the cold for some time in nature, I can relate to the need to seek dry and warm places from November to March.

Published on Wed, 12/26/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Three lessons about nature from your old Christmas tree

Three lessons about nature from your old Christmas tree

By Dan Kraus, Senior Conservation Biologist

People living in the northern hemisphere have brought trees and boughs into their homes during the winter for thousands of years. The evergreens that we decorate with during Christmas can represent a celebration of holidays and a reminder that spring will come again.

Published on Tue, 11/27/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

9 Ways to Green your Holidays

9 Ways to Green your Holidays

Here at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we’re gearing up for an eco-friendly holiday, so we thought we’d share some of our favourite tips on how to “green” your holiday celebrations.

Published on Fri, 11/16/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Three ways to get closer to nature

Three ways to get closer to nature

Canadians are more disconnected from nature than ever before. We spend more and more of our time indoors, and a large per cent of us live in an urban setting away from large natural areas.

We’re losing touch with the natural world, one that needs our help to stop and reverse the damage left by development and climate change.

Published on Tue, 10/23/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Demystifying spooky species this Halloween

Demystifying spooky species this Halloween

By Wendy Ho, Content Coordinator, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Why do some species spook us more than others? Some say it is an evolutionary adaptation, some say it is an irrational fear, while still others say that is because some (like spiders) are always shrouded in myths.

If you’re not a fan of spiders, read on below to learn more about a few common spooky species, and turn your perception of them from awful to awesome.

Published on Mon, 10/15/2018 by Scouts Canada

Find Inspiration in Nature with 5 Beautiful Fall Hikes Recommended by Scouts Canada, the Outdoor Experts

Find Inspiration in Nature with 5 Beautiful Fall Hikes Recommended by Scouts Canada, the Outdoor Experts

The young outdoor experts at Scouts Canada are always going on adventures in search of perfect spots to set up camp, observe wildlife, and take in stunning views. One of the most beautiful seasons to experience the great outdoors is in the fall when the temperatures are moderately cool, and the leaves begin to change into bright amber hues.

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