Media Advisory Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Who: Hosted by Nature Canada Speakers include: Alex MacDonald, CBC Radio 1’s In Town and Out weekly bird tweeter and Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada What: A Swift Evening Out is an outdoor event featuring presentations, activities and easy birdwatching to raise public awareness of the Chimney Swift, a provincially and nationally threatened bird found in Ottawa. Event participants will observe the sunset behaviour of the Chimney Swift; each evening the Swifts fly into suitable chimneys and human structures throughout the region – often hundreds of birds at a time – where they roost for the night in large groups. The birds dive headfirst into the chimneys, reaching speeds of 60 km/hr before entering, making… read more →
MEDIA ADVISORY Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Local Children Take Flight for Wildlife along the Ottawa River Who: Hosted by Nature Canada Speakers include: Alex MacDonald, CBC Radio 1’s In Town and Out weekly bird tweeter and Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada What: Bird, Bat & Butterfly Migration Parade: the Migration Parade is a symbolic celebration of the seasonal migration journey that birds, bats, butterflies and even some dragonflies undertake each spring and fall. Over 130 students from 3 local elementary schools will walk, or ‘migrate’, 2.6 km along the Ottawa River Pathway (between Westboro Beach/Kitichissippi Lookout and the Rémic Rapids parking lot). This parade route represents the northward journey that so many of Canada’s migratory species take each… read more →
Nature Canada will be holding another of its annual Spring Migration Parade events on Wednesday, May 25th, along the Ottawa River between Westboro Beach and the Rémic Rapids from 10 am to noon. This section of the river falls within Ottawa’s own internationally significant Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River Important Bird & Biodiversity Area. The parade, which is meant to symbolize the fantastic seasonal migrations of many of Canada’s wildlife species, will be made up of 125 elementary school students from three Ottawa area schools. The migration parade is one of our NatureHood program events aimed at connecting urban elementary school students to nearby nature – and nature throughout the hemisphere! Student participants in the parade will wear masks they’ve decorated to represent migratory… read more →
Thanks to everyone who took part in our MacSkimming Centre NatureBlitz last weekend! A big success The NatureBlitz was a big success. Despite the weekend’s poor weather forecast, a total of 100 people took part in the event between 2 pm Friday, May 13th and 2 pm Saturday, May 14th. It was wonderful to share the beauty and serenity of this natural area – which is part of the Beckett Creek Migratory Bird Sanctuary – with participants of all ages! What did we find? In addition to seeing and hearing bats and owls, we observed lots of songbirds, frogs, insects, and even salamanders during the event. A full species list – including 34 lichens – is being compiled for publication… read more →
Join the Lower Mainland’s first NatureBlitz on Saturday, February 27th in the Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Alaksen National Wildlife Area, located at 5191 and 5421 Robertson Rd (respectively) on Westham Island in Delta, BC. This free, family-friendly nature adventure offers a dawn to dusk line-up of wildlife walks, outdoor exploration and even a photography contest, all with the help of local naturalists and nature experts from NatureKids BC, Nature Canada, the BC Waterfowl Society, the Delta Naturalists Society, the Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust and the Canadian Wildlife Service. PLEASE NOTE: Limited spaces are available for each activity during the NatureBlitz, so advance registration is required. You can register for free tickets by activity on our EventBrite page. We may open up… read more →
After an unexpected delay earlier this month, the Committee on the Status of Wildlife in Canada, or COSEWIC, released its latest assessments of the status of species threatened with extinction in Canada. COSEWIC’s assessments provide the scientific basis for the listing of species under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), and for this reason they are often called “recommendations”. The Committee, which is made up of scientists and wildlife experts from academia, the private sector, NGOs and government representatives, assessed the status of 19 species at its late November meeting here in Ottawa. Of the species reviewed, 4 were assessed as Endangered (e.g., Nuttall’s Sheep Moth) , 9 as Threatened (e.g., Gray Fox, Louisiana Waterthrush), and 5 as Special Concern (e.g., Flooded Jellyskin lichen). A… read more →
Media Advisory Thursday, October 15, 2015 Who: Hosted by Friends of Shoal Harbour Society & Nature Canada Special Guests include: The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Lizanne Chicanot, Principal, Parkland Secondary School Bob Peart, Director, Friends of Shoal Harbour Society Sue Staniforth, Director, Friends of Shoal Harbour Society Alex MacDonald, CBC Radio 1’s In Town and Out weekly bird tweeter and Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada What: British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will join Nature Canada representatives, the Friends of Shoal Harbour Society and 200 students to celebrate NaureHood on the Saanich Peninsula and mark All Buffleheads Day. NatureHood is a national program of Nature Canada that focuses on connecting urban Canadians to nearby… read more →
Join Nature Canada, the Child & Nature Alliance and local nature experts for a NatureBlitz on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th at Ottawa’s Forest & Nature School on 411 Corkstown Road (Wesley Clover Campground)! This event will feature walks*, nature-based activities and family fun from 10:30 am Saturday until 2 pm Sunday (map and daily schedules below). Help us explore your NatureHood in Ottawa’s amazing Greenbelt, and test your ability to migrate like a bird, find clues about animals preparing for winter, or detect bats using a special ultrasonic microphone! NatureBlitzes are a great way to get outside and learn about nature with members of your community and local nature experts! This is the first survey of its kind in this area and we hope to identify… read more →
The flamboyantly coloured Magnolia Warbler originally had a much more literal, much less botanical name. Find out what it was in this week’s Tweet of the Week! Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. This August, Nicolas Conroy, Nature Canada’s Conservation Intern, shares interesting facts about birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to the “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, September 5th, 2015. Email: *Join Now!
Despite its size and secretive ways, the Marsh Wren is no bird to mess with! Competition for food and territory leads this tiny songbird to plunder and remove the nests of other wetland birds twice its size. 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 episodes here on our website. Email: *Join Now!