The Local Climate: An ode to iNaturalist

Our appreciation for the natural world is limited by our understanding thereof. That’s been my mantra for the better part of a decade now and research has since vindicated me, demonstrating that an individual’s concern for local biodiversity is directly proportional to the amount of time they spend exploring and understanding it. Go figure. While...

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What we need from nature

Nature means many things to many people, some of us drawn to the cascading rhythm of beaches or rocky shorelines, others to the quiet dignity of ancient forests, others still to public gardens and the ornateness of urban green space. While some people seek out these places very intentionally, I dare say the majority of...

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From screen time to green time

LYONS BROOK — Two hikers from Ontario hope they can get more people communing with nature. Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton passed through Pictou County last week heading west along the 24,000-kilometre long Great Trail, formerly called the TransCanada Trail, with their goal over the next three years or more to get more people —...

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Close encounter … of the four-legged kind

It may be a while before a Braeshore resident ventures out to cook her supper on the barbecue again. Nora Clarke spotted what she believes could have been a small cougar in her front yard, just before 10 p.m. on July 20. “I have huge front windows and I don’t close the curtains because I...

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Garden Therapy

Conservation horticulturist Melanie Priesnitz spends a great deal of time in the garden. She has been helping the visitors of Acadia University’s Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens unplug and connect to nature, for years. Recalling her career, in Ontario, working in office buildings she says, “I was wistfully looking out the window, wishing I was outside...

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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...

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Mark Brennan art show in Tatamagouche

Contemporary Canadian wilderness artist Mark Brennan’s new exhibit, “Touching The Wild Within” opens on Canada Day at the Fraser Cultural Centre in Tatamagouche. In this exhibit he attempts to explore the lost ‘wild’ part of the human condition through deepening his own experiences in the wild landscapes of Canada. From connecting with these landscapes comes...

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