Wildlife

Eastern old growth hemlocks

A Change in the Overstory

Stepping into old growth has always felt like coming up for air. The vast majority of Maritime forests are young, defined by stifling, low-hanging branches and congested regrowth. White spruce and Red maple grapple and intertwine in pursuit of the sunlight, the air often hot, dry and buggy, their woods […]

Lichens

An Ode to Creatures Small and Crusty

Lichens are under no obligation to make sense to us. They number perhaps a million species globally, and while they occur absolutely everywhere – trees, rocks, dirt, dunes, ditches, swamps, ship hulls, manhole covers, brick walls and barn doors – they remain one of the most mysterious and perplexing branches […]

Touch the Earth

When I think of Earth Day, the first thing I think of is spring. My mind fills with images of bumblebees and butterflies gliding around spring flowers and of groups of people gathering in their local park to plant trees or collect litter. I think of soil and worms and […]

Consorting with Nature

In 1925, at the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in London, esteemed judge AW Smith of the Lizard Canary Association, was introduced to the newest sensation in the canary world. Mrs. Rogerson of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire had been attempting to create a miniature crested canary and determinedly pursued her goal. At […]

Seeding the Spotlight

“After finishing up my work for the day, I decided to go for a walk around the block. It was around 6 PM, so the sun was no longer in the sky, but the light of day remained and blanketed the world in a golden hue. I stepped outside, took […]

Camp Last Hope

It would be difficult to recount all the broken promises which led us here. Two independent forestry reviews, adopted in spirit then ignored in reality; a public push for the purchase of corporate woodlands so they might be protected by government, only to have them opened for logging on new […]

Rewilding the Mind

It was a mild day in the fall of 2017 when I, true to form, attended a conference on Maritime biodiversity in Caledonia, Nova Scotia. In various working groups we sat and listened as experts listed and described the various species of animal native to our region, notetaking optional. A […]

Carbon and Conservation

Any other year I would have watched the election live, with an interactive webpage open on my laptop and CBC commentary interjecting from my television. Instead, I passed September 20th in the depths of Killarney Provincial Park, a day’s hard paddle from the nearest wi-fi network, with curtains of rain […]