This blog post was contributed by reader Emma Mardle. Persuading people to appreciate the importance of the environment for its intrinsic value has always been difficult. However, persuading them to appreciate its importance for its monetary value may be a different matter. There are examples – many, in fact – of situations wherein man and nature have worked to each other’s mutual advantage. Humanity has fought for the preservation of an aspect(s) of the natural world because to do so preserves profit and enjoyment, and that aspect of nature has accordingly benefited from humanity’s protection and lobbying. Generally in the past such protection has been intrinsic upon the killing of some portions of the protected population for sport, which has… read more →
We love hearing you raise your voices for nature! Last fall, we asked you to help us petition our government to create 2 new National Wildlife Areas in our native grasslands and protect the Greater Sage Grouse from extinction. Not only did we forward over 1,500 signed petitions to the Minister, many of you also shared your thoughts, including these few: As a child in rural Saskatchewan, I used to love the songs of the meadowlark. Now like other birds and animals who depend on the grasslands, it is much harder to see or hear them. We need to protect the spaces they need to live. – Margaret, Ontario I took pictures of sage grouse in Alberta 40 years ago… read more →
Over 500 members shared “Raise Your Voice” promises for protecting nature this year. We welcome others to also consider making a “Raising My Voice” promise to protect and celebrate nature in the coming months as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations. Post it to Facebook or Tweet it to your friends. Here are just a few of our favourites: Give my grandchildren nature books. – Rosemary Recycle everything I can and compost even more. – Ansel Plant milkweed for the butterflies. – Eunice Helping to establish a local nature park. – Glenda Take kids of all ages on nature walks and teach them about it. – Rosamund Monitor and manage bluebird boxes. – Paul Grow flowers in my garden for… read more →
This current week is Earth Week, but did you also know it is International Dark-Sky Week too? These two events share similar messages and are closely linked. International Dark-Sky Week, part of the International Dark-Sky Associate (IDA), runs from April 20-26. The ultimate message of this week is to use lighting more efficiently in our everyday lives, especially at night. It raises awareness of the light pollution impacts on both the human and wildlife populations. “This isn’t just an astronomy thing,” states Scott Kardel, the Managing Director of the IDA. There is more to it as seen by studies done that show there are effects on migratory birds and turtles from light pollution . For more information on International Day-Sky… read more →
What is your naturehood? It is the nature right in your neighbourhood! It is where you live and that includes wildlife and their habitat.Check out this new infographic that shows 7 ways in which you can help the species at risk!