Canada has vast tracts of
land and water that absorb pollution and cleanse the air.
They keep ecological systemsnutrient flows, the
food chain, natural progression of species, heating
and cooling patternsrunning. They let some native
plants and animals thrive with minimal interference
is very important in our backyards too. When we pave
a wetland, force a wild animal and its family away from
a property, cut down a tree that shelters birds and
insects, or plant just a few kinds of crops or flowers,
we limit biodiversityinterrupting an ecological
balance that is healthy for us.
biodiversity we mean the web of life. Everything is
connectedchange or cut out one part and everything
is touched. In nature, more biodiversity is always better.
In general, no, but we think conservation impacts must
always be studied and avoided to the greatest possible
extent. To make sure this happens when the stakes are
high, we work with groups like the Mining and the Forest
Products associations and participate in environment-economy
round tables. Nature Canada looks long and hard for
solutions that conserve nature. They can be as big as
new legislation, land swaps and sustainable agriculture,
or as small as saving a special tree and building a
temporary shelter for a migrating bird. All these actions
keep precious natural resources safe.
Our members, supporters and all Canadians have an important
role to play in shaping conservation decisions and getting
results. Here are some easy things you can do to make
out about threatened species or thoughtless development.
If it is a cross-Canada problem or an issue relating
to federal government jurisdiction, Nature Canada
monitor environmental change by supplying research
studies with local data or participating in one of
our NatureWatch projects.
informed about conservation issues and opportunities.
Nature Canada Web site is a good way to stay informed. Our E-Newsletter, The Nature Nation, has tips for the backyard naturalist every month.
nature in your own backyard: install a birdhouse,
plant a butterfly garden, naturalize your waterfront,
keep your cat tethered when outdoors.
your knowledge and love of outdoors with children
all these things happen now and for years to come
by supporting Nature Canada as a member or making
An enthusiasm for nature is our common thread. Everyone
in Nature Canada finds joy in simple, natural things.
are outdoor types, nature watchers and naturalistsbird
watchers, gardeners, hikers, trippers, collectors, campers
and stargazers. We are parents, grandparents, mentors,
volunteers, coaches, and youth group leaderseveryday
people who care about nature. We are teachers, scientists,
lawyers, land planners, ecological consultants and leaders
in environmental conservationpeople who have a
professional as well as personal interest.
one of us believes in the value of native plants, wild
species and natural settings, and knows we need to take
action today to keep them safe and pass them on to future
Our mission is to protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Canada by engaging people and advocating on behalf of nature.
Our strategies are based on sound science and a passion for nature.
Our focus is on effecting change on issues of national significance, including bird conservation, wilderness protection, endangered species and connecting people to nature.
Through our conservation work, we:
- Support on-the-ground, community-based efforts to protect animals, plants and habitat for future generations;
- Push for effective laws and supporting policies that protect endangered species today;
- Encourage the development of an effective network of parks and protected areas from coast to coast to coast;
- Conserve bird habitat and promote biodiversity in Canada and abroad.
Through our outreach and education programs, we:
- Help introduce thousands of children to nature every year;
- Educate people about the benefits of nature to humankind;
- Recruit more nature enthusiasts to the cause of protecting nature and the processes that sustain it.
Yes. Nature Canada is a registered charity and donations
are tax-creditable. Acknowledgements and receipts are
issued in a timely and routine way.
Our focus is on nature here in Canada, so we are not
the place to turn for information on international species.
We will respond to such requests as best we can, but
please understand that providing such information is
not our mandate.