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Taking part in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s ‘Small Acts of Conservation’

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As part of an effort to enjoy these last days of winter and take a mindful approach to experiencing winter-bound nature, I have joined the Nature Conservancy Canada ‘Small Acts of Conservation Challenge.’


The first unit in the challenge is ‘Explore a Winter Wonderland.’ I don’t do as much hiking as I once did, mostly due to the arthritis in my knees. However, we have a large property and lots of opportunities to take a walk in winter.


One of my favorite short walks in the woods is a roundabout we completed last summer. The Rocky Road lets us turn around safely in our driveway. The roundabout is in the woods and driving through it is like a mini-exploration: there are birds to see since our feeders are nearby; there are always lots of animal tracks (deer, red and grey squirrel, mice, rabbit); in summer, we can see mosses, ferns, wetland plants, various shrubs and tree species (white pine, balsam fir, spruce, red maple and red oak).



Although the Rocky Road is part of our driveway, it is also meant as a hiking path where I can walk safely, using a cane or my walker if needed. It is part of the ‘rocky road’ project started many years ago and described on this blog



The first unit in the Nature Conservancy Challenge is ‘to follow trail etiquette and learn how you can stay safe during winter hikes.’


Before I took the unit, I brainstormed what I knew about rules for the trail:

  • leave only tracks, take away nothing but photos;
  • follow the trail and limit incursions into wild areas;
  • move slowly and deliberately and do not fall;
  • use all your senses — seeing, hearing, smell, taste, touch
  • focus on the ground but don’t forget to look upward and outward.



The Nature Conservancy says:

  • Enjoy the peace and quiet, and be respectful of others and the wildlife around you;
  • Minimize your impact. Stay on the trail and pack out what you pack in;
  • Respect nature. Take pictures only, and leave flowers, plants, rocks and wood behind for the enjoyment of others and for the integrity of the local ecosystem.


To help me with my explorations of our rocky trail, I have found my book on identifying animal tracks in winter. Next time, I’ll follow the Nature Conservancy’s suggestion to use iNaturalist to help identify plants and animals I see on the trail.


All my Best


Written by jane tims

February 6, 2023 at 12:35 pm

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  1. I love this, Jane. Thanks for pointing out NCC’s Small Acts of Conservation to me. I’m on their FB page, and my husband gets communication from them because he’s a donor and used to be on their board, but si hadn’t heard of this at all. I need to explore it myself! Enjoy!!

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    Jane Fritz

    February 6, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    • Hi Jane. The challenge has introduced me to their blog and lets me gain some new learnings in a field where I have lots of training. A fun approach.

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      jane tims

      February 7, 2023 at 9:28 pm

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