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!
In an earlier post we held great hope that Arturo would soon be enjoying his new home in Canada’s polar bear sanctuary. Unfortunately negotiations between The Canadian Zoo (which pledged to take Arturo and give him a proper home) and Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo fell through. The Mendoza Zoo claims that at Arturo’s age, and in his current state of health, he would not survive the two day journey to Canada. This news has not swayed Arturo supporters. Many still believe that Arturo should be given the chance to live out his remaining days happily located in a larger, temperature appropriate environment surrounded by other polar bears. It is truly sad that this beautiful creature be stuck in deplorable living conditions. It… read more →
(Orca – Photo credit: Eileen Redding) Nature Canada and BC Nature are standing up for nature as the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings on the TransMountain pipeline and tanker project draw nearer. The 1,180 TransMountain project would increase capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day, and result in oil tankers moving almost daily through the Salish Sea past critical Important Bird Areas such as Boundary Bay. On February 26, 2015, our lawyers at the UVic Environmental Law Centre (ELC) filed a motion with NEB to compel full and adequate responses by the proponent Kinder Morgan to our second request for information submitted in January 2015. BC Nature and Nature Canada are arguing that Kinder Morgan did not respond adequately,… read more →
A few days were spent surveying habitat along the North French River, a pristine and unadulterated watercourse just south of Moose Factory and Moosonee in Moose Cree First Nation Homelands. Our target was Canada Warbler, a species seemingly at the extreme north edge of its range in Ontario and for which Nature Canada is part of an international initiative that includes Bird Studies Canada, BirdLife International, Swarovski Optik and Canadian Wildlife Service to recover this Threatened Species. We (myself and my two Moose Cree colleagues Bernie and Josh) were successful, as my blurry image demonstrates, in the extreme conditions of biting insects, heat, uneven terrai,n and flitting warblers. We also were treated to two more Olive-sided Flycatchers in the same… read more →
Yet another pipeline and tanker project to export bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands to Asia or the United States is being reviewed by the National Energy Board (NEB). The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project would include approximately 990 km of new pipeline between Edmonton and Vancouver and expand a marine terminal in the Fraser River delta. Traffic from this terminal through the Salish Sea would increase from the current five to an estimated 34 oil tankers per month. Nature Canada and BC Nature, represented by University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre, are jointly intervening in the review to ensure that nature is well-represented at the NEB hearings, expected to commence in January 2015. The first job of our team of… read more →
We just updated our members on Nature Canada’s involvement in the Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings and I thought I would share the same update here on the blog. As you will remember, the Northern Gateway Pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to the BC coast. Straight through the Great Bear Rainforest, home to the endangered spirit bear. Endangered whales will share the waters with giant oil tankers. And the threat of oil spills looms over 30 Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Enbridge has been arguing that the project poses little threat to the pristine wilderness of British Columbia, (even as they’ve attempted to explain spills like the one in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.) Caribou will be fine, they say. Birds will be fine, they… read more →
Cheskey stayed with the kind owners of this Northern store in Peawanuck, Ontario Ted Cheskey, Nature Canada’s manager of bird conservation programs, is in Peawanuck, Ontario this week, a Cree community located near the confluence of the Winisk and Shamattawa Rivers, about 35 km from the shores of Hudson Bay. Population, 139 souls. Ted is there to explore opportunities to work with the Cree to protect migratory birds of the Ontario and Quebec boreal region, by identifying shared conservation priorities around birds and Important Bird Areas. He took a moment to send us this post: It’s 9am on Friday, January 28th and I’m in Peawanuk, Ontario. The sun is barely rising over the south-eastern horizon behind the banks of the… read more →
This past fall, nine year old Annie Buckton, fearful for the Piping Plover’s survival after learning that it would be passing through the oil-stricken Gulf of Mexico during its annual migration, raised funds through an art exhibition to support clean-up efforts in the affected areas. The Piping Plover is a small endangered shorebird that nests at Sauble Beach where Annie spends summers with her family at their cottage. Over the years, Annie watched as each season a dedicated group of volunteer guardians safeguarded the birds’ nests at the beach. Here are few highlights of the exhibition: Number of artwork featured in the exhibition: 34 Number of artists who participated in the exhibition: 21 Money raised through artwork sales: $580 (9… read more →
Hello Readers! Bonjours lecteurs! Yesterday I posted information about a survey that Nature Canada is conducting to determine naturalists’ and nature enthusiasts’ views on the condition/state of Environment Canada’s protected areas. To be more specific, I posted information on the English version of this survey. Mais, veuillez noter qu’il y a aussi une version française du sondage disponible içi. Once again, the French version of Nature Canada’s survey is available here. Thanks for your interest! Merci infiniment de votre intérêt!
Hello Readers, Thank you as always, for following my Raising A Green Fledgling series on Nature Canada’s blog. I’m greatly enjoying sharing my learning, thoughts and challenges in green parenting with you and look forward to continuing the series as the pages of the calendar turn over time. This update is to inform you that instead of appearing each week, new installments in the series will appear every two weeks from now on. This change will allow me more time to research and develop each installment. Thanks again! -Alex