Since Nature Canada began what has now been a two-year long commitment to act as a joint intervenor with BC Nature on the Northern Gateway Pipeline review process, long hours and a lot of elbow grease has gone into participating in the hearings. Thanks to donor support and the pro bono help of Chris Tollefson and his legal team at the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre, we have been very busy and effective in the final stages of the Northern Gateway hearings. We would like to share with you some of the valuable work that has been made possible through the combined efforts of all three groups. Over the… read more →
You will rarely see a Chimney Swift except in flight since they can’t perch like other birds. Instead they use long claws to cling to vertical surfaces, including the insides of chimneys and air ducts where they nest and roost, which is where they get their name. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am… read more →
Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “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.
Yesterday, a decision from the Ontario Environmental Tribunal overturned a Ministry of Environment decision to build a wind farm in a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA) along the shoreline of eastern Lake Ontario. “This is a huge win for nature” said Ian Davidson, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “For the first time, the Environmental Review Tribunal has recognized that wind farms can cause significant and irreversible harm to wildlife, in this case the threatened Blanding’s turtle.” It’s been over two years since Gilead Power Corporation submitted a proposal to construct a 9-turbine wind energy farm at Ostrander Point, in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Since then, naturalist groups have fought… read more →
Celebrate Canada Day with the White-throated Sparrow. Its song is a clear, slightly wavering whistle that sounds like “Oh sweeeet Canada Canada Canada”. Listen to the episode here. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “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 was aired Saturday June 29, 2013.
The “Prairie Passages” tour is hosted by Nature Canada and Public Pastures – Public Interest and aims to raise awareness about the need for better management to conserve grassland habitat, especially in the wake of changes in the management of the PFRAs. Accompanied by international conservation advocates, including Alberto Yanosky, Executive Director of the BirdLife partner in Paraguay, Guyra Paraguay, Atwood and Gibson will visit Saskatchewan’s grasslands and share their thoughts on the plight of some of the rarest habit on earth. “The ecological value of these large tracts of unbroken prairie is internationally recognized,” Ms. Atwood said. “We have heard that 16 at-risk bird species on Saskatchewan’s most critical… read more →
“And then I realized – you just need to know where to look,” says Dr. Allan Stein. The retired professor and former Nature Canada Board Member is reflecting on a wildflower walk he took with his wife, Felicity near their home in Newfoundland. “We were on the Burin Peninsula, and came across a step-up in the level of the main boggy area, maybe 4 feet higher. And when you looked across it, you saw this yellow band. Only when you actually climbed up on it did you realize it was orchids! Covering the bog, blanketing it, were thousands and thousands of orchids. It was a moment I’ll never forget –… read more →
BC Nature and Nature Canada made their final oral argument last week on June 17 before the Joint Review Panel, which is considering the future of the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. These nature conservation groups are urging the Panel to conclude that the Northern Gateway application is incomplete, and therefore must be rejected. Under the National Energy Board Act, the Panel can only make a recommendation to the federal cabinet if it concludes that the pipeline application is complete. Even if the Panel recommends against the project, cabinet can reject the Panel’s recommendation. However, if the Panel concludes that the application is incomplete, there is no recommendation to cabinet, and… read more →
Birds are excellent indicators of environmental change. Declines of some species clearly reflect the pressures human activities are putting on the world’s biodiversity. The third edition of State of the World’s Birds was launched at the Congress. The report explains that bird populations – and overall ecosystem health – are declining around the world. But there is good news: conservation works. The annual cost of protecting all nature would be surprisingly low. State of the World’s Birds outlines where and how that money should be spent. BirdLife’s two Canadian partners, Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, co-hosted the Congress. “This is a very exciting time for Canada. We have a… read more →
Bedford Biofuels, a biofuels company based in Edmonton, Alberta, appears to have closed its doors on its Jatropha biofuel plantation in Kenya that occupies a globally recognized Important Bird Area. Just this week, we received word from our partner, Nature Kenya, about the apparent closure of the plantation and the bankruptcy of Bedford Biofuels. On a recent trip to the plantation, Francis Kagema, Conservation Programmes Field Coordinator for Nature Kenya Coast Region, made the following observation. “Previously, the area was under satellite surveillance and one needed consent from Canada to have a look at the most important crop Jatropha carcus. Today herds and flocks of livestock are enjoying the cleared… read more →