Raking the leaves of autumn is an honoured Canadian pastime. But a fierce controversy erupted last week when a nature group (not Nature Canada!) urged Canadians not to rake their leaves. According to this group, leaving the leaves creates habitat for insects, birds and small mammals, and the decomposing leaves nourish the soil with nutrients as well. Landscape companies disagreed with this recommendation, observing that massed layers of leaves covering lawns deprive emerging grass shoots of light resulting in patchy blotchy-looking lawns. Both sides of the argument are right. Luckily, Nature Canada has a solution to this vexing problem. On a dry autumn day, use your lawnmower and run over the leaf-covered lawn. Preferably a push mower, but electrical and… read more →
This post was written by guest blogger Rebecca Kennedy. Earth Day is in the spring, but that doesn’t mean your workplace can’t be green all year round! Even small changes, like switching to a reusable coffee cup or choosing not to print a long document, can add up to make a big difference. In addition to helping the environment, taking steps to work greener can also help you become a healthier person, whether it’s adding walking to your commute, making more mindful eating choices, or breathing in cleaner air in your cubicle. As the summer winds down and many of us return to the regular daily grind this autumn, let’s consider taking up some of these easy suggestions for creating an environmentally… read more →
Feeding birds can be a rewarding experience, and a great way to connect with nature. But are you really helping your feathered friends? Here’s the truth about some common bird feeding myths: Myth: Feeding birds prevents them from migrating. Fact: Birds migrate in response to factors such as length of daylight and weather, not because of food availability. In fact, birds need more food during long migrations, so your feeder may be a welcome stop for species you don’t normally see in your area. Myth: Birds become dependent on feeders. Fact: Most birds use many sources of food and do not rely on just one. If your feeder happens to go empty, most birds will find food elsewhere, although you’ll… read more →
Living an environmentally friendly lifestyle can be much simpler than you think. Often, it is the small decisions we make in our day-to-day lives that can have the largest impact on the environment. Want to help promote a clean and healthy environment? Here are a few simple yet effective tips on things you can do at home to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 1. Try larger packs with recyclable packaging. Did you know that the average person uses about 100 rolls of toilet paper each year? That’s nearly five kilometres worth of paper! From your bathroom to your kitchen and even your office, you can greatly reduce your impact on the environment by purchasing larger pack sizes with recyclable packaging. 2.… read more →
This blog is written by guest blogger, Eileen Magill. This new year, why not make a resolution to be kinder to the environment? I have compiled a list of ways that you can make 2018 green, clean, and easy on our earth. Transportation Commuting to work, school, or just travelling anywhere can produce lots of harmful emissions. Here are some ways to reduce your contribution of these emissions: Take public transit instead of driving Carpool with your colleagues or friends If your destination is close enough, bike or walk there If it’s in your budget, buy a hybrid or electric vehicle Waste Many people, myself included, sometimes forget that all of our waste has to end up somewhere. Here are… read more →
As summer begins, it means that we’ve only recently dusted our standing fans, planted our vegetable gardens, and started planning our weekend getaways. But what about all the time that we’ll be spending indoors when the thermostat is pushing 30? With a little planning, you can easily keep your home cool and your energy bills down. If you’re looking to beat the heat naturally, stay cool while keeping these green tips in mind: Create a stir. Circulating air keeps you cooler, and fans use 90% less energy than air conditioners. If you can, set up a cross-current with window fans. Get with the program. On days when air conditioning is an absolute necessity, set the thermostat to 25C and leave… read more →
This blog was written by Nature Canada’s guest blogger, Laura Strachan. I am willing to bet that most of us see more concrete than grass in the run of a day. Hustling from home to office, to malls, to school and back we tend to lose sight of the immense natural world around us as we travel through our daily routine. But let’s not forget what keeps us alive. There is real dirt under that concrete! Birds and animals are running around in the streets! That tree in the mall is helping to clean the air! Green and Clean Mom always said “a room should always have some greenery”. Having plants in your home makes an underestimated contribution to the… read more →
Greening your NatureHood! A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.
With the last long weekend of summer now just a distant memory, some of you will be preparing your waterfront properties for the cold weather ahead. We have a slew of helpful tips and how-to’s that will guide you through the process of setting up and stowing away items on your property in an environmentally friendly way. Check out our handy resource, called ‘Living by Water’ to learn what you can do to prepare for runoff, snow removal, wildlife, plumbing, leaves and more. Living by Water – Fall edition.
Photo: Swiv via Flickr You know Christmas is officially over when used Christmas trees have made their way to the front lawn. Walking around my neighbourhood in Ottawa, I was surprised to see how many households decided to opt for a real tree this year. For many it seems, the trend in purchasing real trees has caught on. Perhaps it’s the fresh scent of pine needles that fills a home, or the fun family outing that almost always ends in hot chocolate and cookies at a local tree farm. But based on our recent quick poll, which asked “What type of tree do you have this Christmas?”, nature lovers are saying they would rather have an artificial tree than… read more →