La nature au travail

Explore additional content for the Summer 2021 issue of Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine


Smile for the camera

Ce n’est pas tous les jours que le personnel en conservation a l’occasion d’utiliser des machines
à coudre industrielles pour du travail d’intendance et de restauration sur une propriété. Pourtant,
c’est exactement ce qu’une petite équipe d’employé(e)s et de bénévoles de CNC a fait en novembre dernier à l’île aux Grues, au Québec, pour lutter contre la propagation du phragmite envahissant.



As you lace up your shoes and hike the trail at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Asquith property in central Saskatchewan, you’ll want to have your camera handy, as the trail offers many great photo opportunities. Native grasses and wildflowers abound, and there’s a good chance you could see a wide diversity of birds and other wildlife.


Nature at work

From flood mitigation, to health, food security and water quality, nature is providing solutions to many of our challenges, including climate change and biodiversity loss


Our work across the country

One of Ontario’s largest protected areas; controlling the spread of invasive phragmites in Quebec; expanding the protection of PEI’s salt marshes.


Atlantic Salmon

Able to live in both fresh and salt water, this fish was once found in every country whose rivers flow into the North Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea

Atlantic salmon typically have olive- to bronze-coloured backs, a white belly and silvery sides with red and black spots. When they are ready to reproduce, the fish take on a greenish or reddish hue with a few large spots. They typically weigh less than 4.5 kilograms and reach lengths of up to 70 centimetres.

Atlantic salmon originally occurred in every country whose rivers flow into the North Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea. In North America, their range extends from Maine, in the northeastern U.S., to Ungava Bay, in northern Quebec. They are also commonly found in rivers throughout Newfoundland and southern Labrador.

Atlantic salmon are generally an anadromous species; they can live in both fresh and salt water. A few Atlantic salmon populations are landlocked in freshwater lakes.

Born in clear, cold rivers and streams, Atlantic salmon migrate to the ocean to feed and mature. They return to fresh water to spawn or reproduce.

This species faces threats from climate change, dams and over-fishing, among others. Some Atlantic salmon populations in Canada are healthy, but many have been declining. Populations in the Bay of Fundy, Anticosti Island, Cape Breton and southern Nova Scotia have been assessed as endangered in Canada.


Sounds of connection

Though our travels were restricted due to the pandemic, hearing the crossbills with us on our daily walks provided a sense of connection to all the places they’d been and to where they were headed

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