Nature Canada Annual Report 2011-12
Our Thanks to You
Dear Friend of Nature Canada:
Thanks to your support, we’ve made significant progress in achieving our mission this year.
We’re building healthier bird communities. We reached our goal of establishing volunteer Caretakers in every province, at over 200 sites nationwide. Today, Caretakers are at the front lines of bird monitoring and habitat protection, working within their communities to put local conservation ideas into action.
We’re connecting more families to nature. For a third year, more than 400,000 Grade 8 students and their families have received passes to enter national parks with the My Parks Pass program. Through our Nature Explorers Fund, local groups in Ontario and Nova Scotia helped thousands of children enjoy nature.
We’re speaking out on behalf of endangered species and the protection of their habitat. Our campaign to add the polar bear to the Species at Risk list succeeded, and we helped improve the recovery strategies for some of Canada’s most at-risk birds. Meanwhile, we’re shining a light on government plans to convert lakes to dumping grounds, and we’re fighting the Northern Gateway Pipeline project as official interveners in the public review process.
While these are important gains, it has been a difficult year for the environment. This was a year in which charities that work to protect the environment were demonized, and core Canadian values like nature and democracy came under attack. The year ended with a federal budget that fundamentally weakens environmental protections in many ways.
As governments and foundations chose to fund different kinds of initiatives, and competition for limited resources increased, we have strived to maintain a focus on fewer, highly effective programs and more emphasis on multi-year programming. In this time of economic and environmental uncertainty, your support is more critical than ever.
So thank you. Thank you for your commitment to nature. Thank you for supporting our conservation mission. Together, we’re building a Nature Nation.
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