In the 17th century, Lord Baltimore, the first Governor of the Province of Maryland, had a coat of arms that featured the orange and black colours we associate with the Baltimore Oriole. Coincidentally, this species’ breeding range is around the area of Baltimore, Maryland as well. 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 June 28, 2014.
Far too often, we tend to hear nothing but bad news on the television and in the newspapers when it comes to protecting the nature we all love and need. It’s true, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. But here are eight numbers that will make you optimistic about the future of nature in Canada! All of these figures come from the Canadian Nature Survey, published by the federal, provincial and territorial working group on biodiversity. 92% The number of Canadians reporting they’ve heard the term “species at risk” before. 46% of Canadians also reported engaging in some form of direct voluntary action to help Canada’s species at risk. 90% The number of Canadian adults who took part in a nature-based… read more →
A very big congratulations goes out to Nature Canada supporter and member Elizabeth Dowdeswell for being named Ontario’s new lieutenant-governor today! [Elizabeth Dowdeswell’s] public service career spanned provincial, federal and international borders. She served as a deputy minister of culture and youth in Saskatchewan and was later assistant deputy minister at Environment Canada. […] ‘Ms. Dowdeswell has a wealth of expertise in education and public service, and has dedicated herself to the betterment of her community, province, and country,” said Harper. “Her impressive skill set and vast domestic and international experience are exceptionally well-suited to promoting Ontario’s future, and I am confident that she will bring a fresh and dynamic perspective to the position.’ -Statement by Prime Minister Harper today Elizabeth Dowdeswell is a… read more →
In 1967 his Royal Highness Prince Philip visited Canada and attended Nature Canada’s (then known as the Canadian Audubon Society) annual meeting in Toronto. At this meeting, Prince Philip shared a message of action which is just as relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago. He called on us to care for our wildlife and to save it from destruction. Management of the use of land and water using only best practices will benefit future generations. He also suggested a need for conservation plans and was recorded saying “If we don’t get answers right now, there won’t be a second chance. We will go down in history for our neglect. I, for one, do not relish the idea of my… read more →
Nature Canada’s Bird Day Fair was proud to host the Innis Point Bird Observatory’s (IPBO) band-a-visitor station which sought to teach children about wild bird data collection methods. The station proved to be a fun and creative way to engage a youth audience with the data collection techniques used in the tracking of bird populations and their migratory patterns. At the station, the visiting guest was given a wrist band with a tracking number corresponding to a bird which had been previously caught and released by the Observatory. Visitors could use this number to log on to Nature Canada’s “I was banded” website after the fair and learn about the bird they were matched with. The visitor’s gender, age and… read more →
Wow. This powerful video will keep you watching until the very end. Polar Bears need sea ice to survive and it’s harder and harder to find with their habitat under threat. [h/t: iflscience.com]
How many products do you use in a day? Chances are it’s a lot if you really take the time to count them out. Good news is you can now feel good about the products you use! As opposed to other retail companies, the Canadian company terra20 does a lot of research into a product’s ingredients and production process before they agree to offer it to customers at their stores and online. They’ve even developed a system of icons to help inform you as to the benefits of each item. For example, an icon can let you know if the product is highly-efficient, organic, made in Canada, non-harming to animals and their environments, or free of harmful chemicals. Another wonderful… read more →
This blog post has been written by Pamela Tourigny, Community Manager at terra20. Pamela Tourigny manages communications and community outreach for terra20, Canada’s retail destination for healthier, more sustainable consumer products. She is among Nature Canada’s Women For Nature. Pamela also blogs about mindful living at www.themindfulmavens.com. At last, long-awaited summer weather has arrived, and nature lovers are reveling in the bounty of our great outdoors. Whether your time spent in nature will be on a bike, in a canoe, or on foot, we can benefit our health – and the health of our planet –with some advance preparation. Here are a few tips for a healthy and happy summer experience. Use safer sunscreens. Traditional sunscreens use chemicals that absorb UV… read more →
The Ontario Court of Appeal has granted leave to hear the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists’ case for Blanding’s Turtles threatened by a wind energy project . This is the latest update from an ongoing legal battle over Prince Edward County’s south shore. The Court of Appeal will be deciding whether Ostrander Point GP can put a wind farm in endangered turtle habitat. This case will represent a landmark decision in Ontario environmental law. “It’s unfortunate that this even needs to be an issue,” says Stephen Hazell, the executive director of Nature Canada. “It is of course laudable that the Ontario government is pushing for renewable energy development. But the fact is, these projects simply cannot be green if companies… read more →
The Chipping Sparrow, known in French as Bruant familier, has an accurate French name since the bird’s song is very common in Ottawa’s suburbs and parks. 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 June 21, 2014.