Nature Kids Activi-trees

By Steph Weizenbach / 16 June 2021

Watch the Root for Trees Video and then test out these Activi-trees to learn about transpiration and insects in your own backyard!

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Birding 101: Birding for Beginners

By Steph Weizenbach / 14 June 2021

June – July

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Trumpeter Swan running along water

Trumpeter Swan Challenge

By Steph Weizenbach / 24 May 2021

Try warming up an egg like a swan or running 100 m to take flight.

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Swift Fox by Gordon Court

The Swift Fox: A Canadian Conservation Success Story

By Steph Weizenbach / 22 April 2021


The swift fox reintroduction program successfully brought the fastest member of the wild dog family’s population from Extirpated to Endangered, and finally to Threatened. Although it began with an illegal publicity stunt by a game farm, structured efforts soon followed. Habitat conservation continues to be a key issue for swift fox populations.

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web illuminated by dew drops in the morning sun

Are spiders born knowing how to build a web?

By Steph Weizenbach / 21 April 2021

Spider webs are amazing. Do spiders just know how to build them? Or are they taught how to spin webs?

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Beaver - T. LePrieur

Where Beavers Go, Surprises Follow

By Steph Weizenbach / 21 April 2021


It’s an usually warm day in January and my snowshoes are only partially necessary on the frozen ponds that aid my route through the Ministik Game Bird Sanctuary. As I rest against a beaver lodge to have my tea, I realize that after all these years, there is still so much more to learn about these rodents, which can engineer entire landscapes unlike any other mammal, other than humans.

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Swift Fox

Why are they called a SWIFT fox?

By Steph Weizenbach / 21 April 2021

Are swift foxes really swift?

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wild flowers in the grasslands with mountains in the background, typical of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve

My BIG Alberta Backyard – Waterton Biosphere Reserve

By Steph Weizenbach / 21 April 2021

The Waterton Biosphere Reserve is located in southwestern Alberta, where the prairies meet the Rocky Mountains. Find out what a biosphere reserve is and what type of wildlife you will find in Waterton!

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Handful of seed bombs (Photo NCC)

Bee Bombs

By Steph Weizenbach / 21 April 2021

Bees are important to us because they pollinate plants in nature, farmers fields, and even in our vegetable gardens. You can help the bees with this fun activity! 

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Tiger Salamander juvenile

Tiger Salamanders

By Steph Weizenbach / 21 April 2021


I was seven years old when I first saw Alberta’s elusive tiger salamander. Nearly six inches long and smooth, I can still remember its richly colored body: black stripes and splotches contrasted against olive green.

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