The Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River, Newfoundland, is one of the most economically successful First Nations in Canada. This Mi’kmaw community places a high value on traditional values, including canoe-building and handicrafts. Gros Morne National Park helped change our understanding of the world. The park’s outstanding geology includes visible protrusions of the Earth’s mantle, and crust, which led to insights into tectonic plate theory and continental drift. L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland is the site of the only authenticated Norse settlement on the North American mainland. The settlement’s location was discovered by closely studying the text of ancient Viking sagas. Red Bay, Labrador, is Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. For several decades in the 1500s Red Bay was home to… read more →
My name is Susan and I’m a co-operative education student from Nepean’s LDHSS here at Nature Canada. So far, I’ve been volunteering for a month in the communications department and already witnessed rapid growth. Of course, to get where you are today you had to have started somewhere… As Nature Canada celebrates its 75th anniversary, we look back at our roots. Here I have a piece of history in my hands: the Minute Book of Audubon Society of Canada dating all the way back to 1948! Some interesting notes I read included the Nature Walks’ mailing list expanding to more than 1000 people and the Canadian Audobon Society holding the largest single nature outing in Canada up until that point in time, which… read more →
The American Tree Sparrow is known in French as Bruant hudsonien. From mid-October to early May you can find this species locally in open woodland areas, weedy fields and occasionally at backyard feeders. 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 March 22, 2014.
The name “Purple Finch” is somewhat misleading as the males are actually a pink/ red colour. This species is a noisy bird that sometimes will actually add in the sounds of other species such as Barn Swallows, American Goldfinches and Eastern Towhees into their rich warbling song. 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… read more →
The Pine Grosbeak, also part of the songbird group “winter finches”, is a hardy robin-sized finch that is relatively tame and usually travels in flocks. Their dense feathering allows them to survive the extremely cold winters of the boreal forest. 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 March 8, 2014.
March 10, 2014 (Ottawa) – Nature Canada is pleased to announce Stephen Hazell as our new interim Executive Director. Stephen comes to Nature Canada with enormous experience on a breadth of environmental issues, having previously held senior management positions in four national environmental organizations, a federal government agency, a leading Ottawa-based consulting firm, and as the founder of Ecovision Law. Departing Executive Director, Ian Davidson, will stay on with Nature Canada in an advisory capacity before leaving in March to take up a new Director’s position at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation based in Washington, DC. Ian leaves Nature Canada with a renewed enthusiasm for the power of grassroots organizations across the country and a pride in having worked… read more →
March 7, 2014 (Ottawa) – Nature Canada will be present on Parliament Hill today to signal our strong support for NDP MP Nycole Turmel’s private member’s bill protecting Gatineau Park. Gatineau Park is both a local and national treasure right here in the heart of the National Capital Region and it is badly in need of this kind of protection. Nature Canada is adamant in its support for Bill C-565, which would protect the park’s biodiversity for future generations by, among other things, conferring legal protections and prohibiting the sale of public land that makes up the park. -30- About Nature Canada: Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, we’ve helped protect… read more →
I’m a senior at St. Peters High School in Orleans, Ontario. I was looking for a new way to earn community service hours for my HS diploma and came across this event. I thought, ‘I look out my window and walk or drive through my neighborhood everyday; so this would be a neat thing to do’. I was surprised at how few birds I saw. Maybe because it’s the winter, maybe the area I live in? I live in a residential area, with schools, parks etc and trees all around, but I just didn’t see that many when I was looking. The ones I did see, a blue jay, an American kestrel, some black crows and wild turkeys (not in… read more →
The Pine Siskin, known in French as Tarin des pins, and is notable for its acrobatics, and its high energy and constant twittering. This very winter-hardy species can survive temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius, and they actually store significant amounts of seed in their throat crop as an energy reserve to survive cold winter nights. 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 March 1, 2014.