Last month, while cleaning out a file I came upon a printed copy of our popular Lady Beetle Survey from nearly 20 years ago. It was our organization’s first project involving citizen scientists surveying for native lady beetles in Canada and helped us raise awareness about the importance of insects in the web of life. Low and behold a few days later I got a delightful email from one of our members, Linda asking for a copy of that very Lady Beetle guide. She let me know that she joined Nature Canada because of the wonderful experience of participating in the survey with her children years ago… “I now find myself wanting to initiate my grandson into the wonders of… read more →
Across Canada there are 54 legally protected parcels of land known as National Wildlife Areas. They range in size from under 1 hectare to over 263,000 hectares and span from coast, to coast, to coast. These sites belong to all Canadians and collectively, alongside our Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, make up 12.4 million hectares of lands and seas managed by Environment Canada. But with so many sites, have you visited one of these amazing areas? It’s true that some are inaccessible, but even the 81% of us that live in urban areas are not far from some of these sites. And they’re one of Canada’s best kept nature secrets! To give you a taste of what adventure awaits, here are four… read more →
You have a special story to tell. Who you are and why nature matters to you most And the joy that nature has brought in your life experiences. Be inspired again by nature’s beauty and voices in the following video … And share your favourite nature memories with us.
This guest blog (including the photos) was written by the Comeau family. Monte Comeau was the grand prize winner of last year’s 75th Anniversary Photo Contest. He and his family were awarded a horseback trip for two courtesy of Copper Cayuse Outfitters. Are you interested in submitting to our 2015 Nature Photo Contest? Are you curious about the grand prize? The Comeau family, last year’s photo contest winners, recently redeemed their prize and went on an expedition with Copper Cayuse Outfitters. This year’s top prize will be similar. Here are the Comeau’s highlights from their exciting adventure. Our trip began with an introduction to the guides and horses and a brief information session then we were off on our first days ride! … read more →
Nature Canada has come up with a new way that you can do your part for nature… we call it Collectibles for Nature. Essentially, your rare and valuable collections could be converted into nature conservation funds and could play a valuable role in supporting our efforts to protect and conserve nature in Canada! This fall in conjunction with our Annual Meeting of the Members hosted in Sidney BC, Nature Canada will be hosting a 75th anniversary Auction in hopes of raising funds to support our efforts to conserve, protect, and be your voice for nature. We are currently in the process of gathering collectibles for auction. Collections or other mementos in your cupboards, closets, and attics could be used to… read more →
It’s spring time in Canada’s capital! That means the weather is heating up, flowers are blooming, and the birds are back! During winter months many species of birds and other critters travel south to avoid the cold, if only we could all do the same! Once the snow is gone and winter is over, those migrants leave their sunny destinations to return to Canada. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, over 200 energetic students from 5 different Ottawa elementary schools “migrated” from Hampton Park to the Ottawa River, symbolically representing the south to north flight of the birds. The kids each had a paper mask, which they had designed and decorated themselves in order to disguise themselves as birds, butterflies… read more →
I read a story the other day which talked about Jane Goodall and how her mom supported her dream and desire to work with animals in Africa. This reminded me of how important our mothers (and fathers) are in helping shape and influence us as children. Likely your mom was of the generation that allowed kids to explore their neighbourhood, perhaps you ventured forth to the local ravine or forested woodlots to play imagination games or hide and seek. Likely those times shine through as some of your best and favourite childhood memories. Or maybe your mom took you hand in hand to teach you about the flowers in the garden or the birds at your backyard feeder which sparked… read more →