The Common Redpoll, known in French as Sizerin flammé, is a member of a group of songbirds known as the “winter finches”. This species is truly winter-hardy and not only do redpolls sometimes roost in long snow burrows at night to stay warm, but they are known to survive ambient temperatures below minus 50 degrees Celsius. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Catch up on past episode here on our website. This episode aired on Saturday February 22, 2014.
February 21, 2014 (Ottawa) – Nature Canada is dismayed at the decision by the Ontario Divisional Court to green light a construction project in an important site for endangered species. The court’s ruling overturns the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal’s decision to stop a wind energy project in a globally Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). The site is located on provincially owned land in Ostrander Point, Prince Edward County. Last year, the tribunal found that the project would cause serious and irreversible harm to Blanding’s Turtles, an endangered species. It also had the potential to harm bird and bat populations as well as important natural habitat. For those reasons and others, the Tribunal ruled the project could not continue. Prince Edward… read more →
The Black-capped Chickadee, known in French as Mésange à tête noire, has the impressive ability to grow their brain by 30% in the fall to expand its spatial memory capacity and then shrinks it down to its normal size again in the spring. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday February… read more →
For those of you following the unfolding drama due south, we have good news from our friends over at the Toronto Zoo. Arturo, the polar bear living in captivity in Argentina, is in need of a new home and the folks at the Toronto Zoo assured us today that they are working with their partners, the Assiniboine Park and Zoo and Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, to ensure the situation with Arturo has a positive resolution. Thank you to everyone for reaching out to us on behalf of Arturo. We wish him the very best!
Nature Canada’s Board and staff were pleased to celebrate the launch of the Women for Nature initiative, a unique partnership of motivated and influential women who are dedicated to protecting nature. Over 150 founding members, friends, colleagues, politicians and business leaders took part in a Parliamentarian reception showcasing the founding members of Women for Nature. The reception was graciously hosted by Senator Janis Johnson with Senator Nancy Greene Raine and Members of Parliament Stella Ambler, Linda Duncan, Joyce Murray, Kirsty Duncan and Elizabeth May. Cliff Wallis, Nature Canada’s Vice-Chairman announced Senator Johnson and Julie Gelfand have kindly accepted to act as the Honorary Chair and Co-Chair of the exciting new partnership.With many founding members finding opportunities to meet other female… read more →
Common Goldeneyes are silent during the fall until their courtship displays begin from December through April. They are winter visitors to the Ottawa area, especially at the Deschênes Rapids and around large bridges. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Listen to past episodes on our website. This episode aired on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Julie Gelfand for her recent appointment to Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainability. On behalf of the Auditor General, she will be responsible for providing analysis and recommendations to parliamentarians on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. Julie Gelfand has a long, rich history with Nature Canada, having served as President from 1992- 2008. She continues to be an ardent supporter of Nature Canada’s efforts to conserve and protect habitat and wildlife in Canada through her involvement in Women for Nature. As Co-Chair of Women for Nature, Julie is a driving force behind this unique partnership of motivated and influential women who champion Nature Canada’s work to their… read more →
What is your naturehood? It is the nature right in your neighbourhood! It is where you live and that includes wildlife and their habitat.Check out this new infographic that shows 7 ways in which you can help the species at risk!
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Known in French as Harfang des neiges, the Snowy Owl is a diurnal species, which means it will hunt at any hour of the day, unlike most owls. This behaviour is necessary because it spends the summer months to the far north in the Arctic Circle, where there is nearly 24-hours of daylight. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past… read more →