This blog was written by Erin Low, the 2016 Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award Winner. Erin Low is the 2016 recipient of Nature Canada’s Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award. Erin graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Biological Sciences Technology, Renewable Resources and is returning this fall to post secondary to complete her Bachelor of Science degree at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Erin has been working for an environmental consulting company since 2012 on a variety of projects including bird, amphibian and vegetation surveys, pre- and post disturbance wildlife surveys, setting up and monitoring bird and bat houses, raptor banding, deploying autonomous recording units and wildlife cameras, public outreach, as well as being introduced to what she… read more →
On September 27, Linda Duncan, MP for Edmonton Strathcona, introduced Bill C-304, the Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Rail Act (TDGRA), into the House of Commons. This Bill aims to narrow the regulatory gap between the shipment of oil by pipeline and rail by creating additional requirements for railway operating certificates issued to shippers of dangerous goods. Nature Canada and Canadians generally have serious concerns about the legitimacy and fairness of National Energy Board reviews of proposed oil pipelines; even so, oil pipeline regulation is light years ahead of regulation of transportation of oil by rail. The use of rail to transport oil (mainly from the oil sands and western shales) has increased significantly in since 2009 with a decline in… read more →
After 163 episodes, the Tweet of the Week comes to an end. On June 29th, 2013 CBC’s In Town and Out launched a new segment called “Bird Tweet of the Week” with our very own Alex MacDonald. These tweets celebrated different birds in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region, giving listeners a chance to learn about the type of birds they may find around their homes. For this final segment, Alex shares with us his experience is doing these weekly tweets and shares with us the final Tweet of the Week. We hope that you have enjoyed this segment as much as we did! To listen to your favourite Tweet of the Week, check out our e-Book series!
This blog is written by guest blogger Valerie Assinewe. The word “falcon” may evoke wild, high and lonely spaces; but I saw my first American Kestrel from a bus in the heart of Ottawa on a golden summer afternoon. It soared and hovered over an open field beside the transit way, its grace breathtaking. It was an unforgettable reminder that moments of natural beauty can find us anywhere. The American Kestrel is featured this month in the Nature Canada calendar and here is some facts that may increase your enjoyment of this beautiful falcon: Where do they live? The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is found throughout the Americas. Kestrels favor open areas with short ground vegetation and sparse trees: meadows,… read more →
In late June, Nature Canada held a Bat Detector Demonstration Workshop in Ottawa. This event was part of the NatureHood program where we were able to show members of the public how the devices work and why they’re useful! Participants at the event were given electronic bat detectors which translate the ultrasonic echolocation of bats into sounds you can hear. Check out the video below on the event and hear the bats for yourself! The Bat Detectors from John Davidson on Vimeo. Interested in renting out a Bat Detector? Please contact Tejal Mistry, Conservation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want more nature news? Subscribe to Nature Canada’s online community! Join Now!
Your gifts defend wildlife and protect wilderness. I’m thrilled to update you on recent and crucial victories for nature that you helped make possible. Thank you! You’re Saving Species: Many members like you signed our petition and donated in support of at-risk species. The government has committed to clear the backlog of species awaiting legal listing under the Species At Risk Act. Thanks to you, species at risk like Grizzly Bears and Barn Swallows have a brighter future! “No Way, Northern Gateway!” The Northern Gateway project was rejected by the Federal Court earlier this summer. With your support, we provided the scientific evidence that the proposed pipeline posed risk to endangered species like the Kermode Bear (blonde spirit bear) and Caribou, and that oil tanker spills would impact marine wildlife like Humpback Whale, Northern Fur Seals… read more →
The Tree Swallow is a two-toned medium size swallow with dark upper parts and pure white undersides. They are migratory visitors to southern Ontario, arriving before the other swallow species in late March and staying a bit later – well into late September. So keep an eye out for the species this week before they migrate for the winter! 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… read more →
This blog was written by guest blogger Jaime Clifton-Ross. One of the first things kids learn to draw are trees. Do you remember that classic green shape, resembling a broccoli crown, set atop a thick red-brown trunk? This iconic image was the reason we coloured through our green and brown crayons long before any others. But why do kids love drawing trees? What makes people connect with them at such a young age? Perhaps because they play such a prominent role in our daily lives as Canadians. It’s hard to think of Canada without considering the impact that trees have had on our country, both ecologically and culturally. You can’t walk down the street without encountering some type of tree, whether it’s… read more →
Last night at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, in partnership with Bird Studies Canada, staged a debate for The National Bird Project. There are currently 5 finalists: the Common Loon, Snowy Owl, Black-capped Chickadee, Gray Jay and Canada Goose. The debate featured 5 panelists, each making points as to why their bird should be named Canada’s national bird. Our very own Senior Conservation Manager, Alex MacDonald, was one of the panelists and he made the argument that the Snowy Owl should be the winner. Snowy Owl, Harfang des neiges, Bubo scandiacus, Hedwig; these are the names of Canada’s quintessential national bird. The Snowy Owl is, like Tilley Hats and the Robertson screwdriver, a symbol synonymous with Canada… read more →
This blog was written by Writing Intern, Blair Scott. This September, we are celebrating the American Kestrel – a feisty, little bird of prey, in fact, the smallest of the falcon species! How to Identify the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius): American Kestrels spend much of their time perched on wires or posts, scanning the ground for insects and small mammals such as voles, mice, shrews and bats. They also target snakes, frogs, small songbirds, scorpions and lizards – in other words, they aren’t picky eaters. They are predominantly day-hunters and, in spite of their small size, possess a competitive, territorial instinct. The American Kestrel displays a remarkable collage of orangey-red, blue, white, grey and light brown plumage. Males bear slate-blue… read more →