to thrive

Explore additional content for the winter 2024 issue of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine

Coast to coast

Nature knows no bounds

NCC has partnered with Parks Canada to bolster conservation near national parks (page 4).

Birders’ paradise, picturesque summits, soul-soothing forests, seaside vistas and rolling prairies…Canada’s national parks and national park reserves teem with life. The survival of the plants and animals living in these natural enclaves, however, depends on connected and intact natural spaces beyond park borders. Yet the landscapes that bring us these gems are under threat from climate change and biodiversity loss, and strained by human activity and development. A new partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Parks Canada (PC) will support healthy and resilient landscapes across the country.


Feature story

Room to thrive

Protecting appropriate habitat in adequate amounts is essential in providing connected landscapes that support biodiversity. When we can knit together protected and conserved areas, we reinforce nature’s ability to survive and thrive in a changing world (page 8).

Species profile

Mule deer

Native to western North America, this member of the Cervidae family is named for its large, mule-like ears (page 12).

In BC, NCC protects deer habitat on its Kootenay River Ranch, Luxor Linkage, Sage and Sparrow and Bunchgrass Hills properties. In Alberta, mule deer have been observed on the Wakaluk, Palmer Ranch and Carbon Coulee properties. Connectivity to other large, protected areas, such as provincial parkland, is essential for this species’ survival.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is celebrating the expansion of BC’s Kootenay River Ranch Conservation Area.

Force for nature

Visual impact

Mike Dembeck connects our hearts to nature through his images of Canadian landscapes and the species that rely on them (back cover).

Your impact

Protecting biodiversity in Quebec

Thanks to your support, 200 hectares of Baie-Saint-Paul’s flats and beaches in the St. Lawrence Estuary have been protected (back cover).