We are thrilled to announce that our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on September 25th at 4:00 pm followed by a reception celebrating Nature Canada’s 75th Anniversary. It is with honour we confirm Robert Bateman’s presence as our keynote speaker and presenter of the Douglas H. Pimlott Award, the Conservation Partner and the Charles Labatiuk Awards. As in the past years, we will take time at our yearly gathering of members to recognize and honour the special people who have worked hard to protect wildlife and our natural world. The Nature Canada office is filled with excitement for this 2015 AGM and we look forward to launching a NatureHood event in the Sidney area. We are also planning… read more →
With the opportunity to participate in IceWatch this month, we decided we want to know more about ice! Ice seems to be simply a state of water, however many do not know that there are different types of ice. These ice types are known as the phases in which the ice is in. Depending on the age, ice can vary in salinity, roughness, and the overall strength. The phases of ice range from I to XVI (1 to 16). These phases describe the characteristics of the ice itself, explaining the chemical structure of the ice and at what temperature they are formed. For example, Ice IX is when the ice is in a tetragonal metastable phase. This ice is formed… read more →
Last week residents in Ontario and Quebec were waken up at night from loud booming sounds. What was the cause of this? Well, you may not believe it but it was from ice! Ice or frost quakes, as they are called, are when crashes occur from the breaking up of ice. These quakes are scientifically known as cryoseisms, and they are caused by water in the ground expanding at cold temperatures. Once the water expands, the ice and ground below cracks and crumbles causing loud noises. Not only are there loud noises, but these ice quakes can even shake the ground. In Ottawa, Nature Canada’s staff member Julia Gamble said “At first it felt like snow or ice was cracking and… read more →
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of long time Nature Canada volunteer, Elizabeth Walker last night. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth’s family including her daughter, Julia Gamble, Nature Canada’s Director of Finance. Elizabeth’s love of nature and passion for helping others through volunteering were infectious. It has been a joy to have her in our office and to be able to share in her quiet and steadfast dedication. She will be sorely missed by Nature Canada staff.
After many years of service as a member of Nature Canada’s Board of Directors, Mark Dorfman has stepped down from his leadership role with the organization. Mark Dorfman was a professional planner in municipal government for 15 years before establishing his own practice in 1981. He is a planner for several private land developers and builders, and an advisor to Ontario municipalities and several community-based organizations in both urban and rural settings. Mark is an Ontario registered professional planner, a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a member of the American Planning Association. He served as national president of the Canadian Institute of Planners from 1974 to 1976 and as chair of the Region of Waterloo Environmental and… read more →
Learn more about how to enter your grade 8 class to win this all-expenses paid trip! Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest
Join us on November 20, 2014 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm EST for Nature Canada’s town hall meeting. Held via telephone, the meeting is an opportunity for Nature Canada to hear from its community of members and supporters and learn more about their interests and concerns. It’s also a chance to find out more about Nature Canada’s exciting new programs and initiatives and to meet its new Executive Director, Eleanor Fast. You can join the meeting from anywhere in Canada with a telephone line or cellphone reception. The RSVP has closed for this event. Thank you for your interest.
***POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO SHOOTING ON PARADE ROUTE*** October 22, 2014 (OTTAWA) – Nature Canada would like to invite media to attend a one-of-a-kind parade in the heart of Ottawa today, October 22, 2014. In celebration of Canada’s migratory birds, kindergarten children from Ottawa-area schools will participate in a guided ‘migratory’ walk from Parliament Hill to Ottawa City Hall where they will be welcomed by the Mexican Embassy and Eleanor Fast, Nature Canada’s Executive Director. Just over 200 children carrying colourful masks depicting the vibrant plumage of migratory birds and butterflies will encounter ‘obstacles’ along their walk, such as windy weather, that will raise awareness of the challenges facing migratory birds as they make their perilous journey to wintering… read more →
Nature Canada is proud to announce the start of this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. Any grade 8/secondary 2 class can enter to win the grand prize which includes a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to La Mauricie National Park and to historic sites of Québec City, including Lévis Forts, the Fortifications, Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux, Montmorency Park, the Québec Garrison Club and Artillery Park Heritage Site. The lucky grand-prize winners will canoe and hike through the breathtaking wilderness of La Mauricie National Park and glimpse the life of a soldier as they travel back in time at Lévis Forts National Historic Site. To finish things off, they will dine at the exclusive Québec Garrison Club National Historic Site and explore the rich history of the… read more →
The Great Pacific garbage patch is one of those sad things that perfectly illustrates how people can be lulled into a sense of “out of sight, out of mind”. From Wikipedia: The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N and 42°N. The patch extends over an indeterminate area, with estimates ranging very widely depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area. The patch is characterized by exceptionally high relative concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.… read more →