We have a winner! We received many creative, wonderful videos showcasing your favourite places in nature, for Nature Canada’s Favourite Places Video Contest. Now, for your viewing pleasure, I’d like to present Laura Parsley’s video, “Mapleton Park.” (Laura is now the owner of an Apple iPod touch.) We also have an honorable mention who came very close to being selected as the favourite among the gang here at Nature Canada. From Joan Ouellette, Conversation with a Wolf: Congratulations Laura, and thank you to everyone who shared their favourite place in nature with us! Visit our contest web site to view all nature videos submitted to us. Enjoy!
Check out this cute and funny video with a serious message… The video is part of the BBC’s ‘Breathing Places’ project, which includes a practical and easy-to-navigate website designed to help people help some of the UK’s most beautiful environments and their inhabitants.
In a sad sign of society’s continuing estrangement from nature, the Oxford Junior Dictionary is banishing more than 90 nature words from its newest edition. (see full list of removed words) Children will no longer see the following words in their dictionary: Beaver, boar, cheetah, colt, cygnet, doe, drake, ferret, heron, herring, kingfisher, lark, leopard, lobster, magpie, minnow, mussel, newt, otter, ox, oyster, panther, pelican, piglet, plaice, porcupine, porpoise, raven, starling, stoat, stork, terrapin, thrush, weasel, wren. Acorn, almond, apricot, ash, beech, beetroot, blackberry, bluebell, bramble, brook, buttercup, carnation, catkin, cauliflower, chestnut, clover, conker, cowslip, crocus, dandelion, fern, fungus, gooseberry, hazel, hazelnut, heather, holly, horse chestnut, ivy, lavender, leek, melon, mint, mistletoe, nectar, nectarine, oats, pansy, parsnip, poppy, primrose, prune,… read more →
From one of our favourite photo contributors in Nature Canada’s online community, Jim Dubois. Striking resemblance, no? Dilbert’s boss… Dilbert’s boss’s twin? Jim’s got his own web site, you should check it out. Thanks Jim!
Wildlife in the Mackenzie River Valley have gained a reprieve as plans to industrialize their habitat have been delayed by at least a year. From Reuters: A regulatory panel weighing a proposal for a $16.2-billion pipeline to ship gas from Canada’s Arctic will not complete its report for one year, spelling another in a long list of delays for the embattled project. The Joint Review Panel, which is examining the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, said it will release its report in December, 2009, months later that expected. More reporting here and here. The Joint Review Panel has a huge job ahead, and the delay in producing a final report, we hope, means that panel members… read more →
Last week, the Boreal Songbird Initiative, Pembina Institute and the Natural Resources Defence Council released a report describing the predicted impact of the tar sands on bird populations. The report, Danger in the Nursery, used modelling based on best current knowledge of bird populations in northeastern Alberta, combined with documented and estimated impacts of different elements of tar sands development and expansion on bird populations. The picture is grim for many reasons. Impacts include: direct lost of habitat to strip mining settling ponds threat to migrants fragmentation and destruction of habitat from deep drilling installations with their road and pipeline networks air pollution from the operations and the production and refining processes water withdrawal, diversions and contamination How do the… read more →
Last week I wrote about attending the species assessment meeting of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife (COSEWIC) in Canada. The committee has released the results of its deliberations, and it has added 21 species (or species populations) to the list of species it has assessed as being at risk of extinction in Canada. With these new additions, there are now 577 wildlife species in various COSEWIC risk categories (endangered, threatened, special concern, and extirpated). Newly assessed species include Snapping Turtle and Band-tailed Pigeon, two long-lived species whose demography (long life span, late age at first reproduction, low recruitment to the adult population) and threats (including harvesting and habitat loss for both species and road mortality for Snapping… read more →
Raise your holiday spirits while lowering your carbon footprint. From christmas trees to gift wrap to lighting, try these eco-tips for celebrating a green Christmas. Looking for a Christmas tree? Get real! Many artificial trees contain contaminants and all are made from petroleum products. Fake trees also travel long distances to reach your local store, which means each one leaves a hefty carbon footprint. A real tree is a better alternative, but often even real trees come from a significant distance, creating a bigger carbon footprint than the ecologically minded person would like. You can try to buy from a local tree farmer, but there is a third option, one that is becoming more and more popular every year: live… read more →
Nature Canada Welcomes New Report on Impacts of Tar Sands on Birds Related Links Report: Danger in the Nursery Canada’s Boreal Forest December 2, 2008 (Ottawa) – Nature Canada welcomed the release of a new report today that highlights the dangers tar sands production poses to bird populations in Canada. The report, “Danger in the Nursery: Impact on birds of tar sands oil development in Canada’s Boreal forest”, was released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental groups. Drawing on data from existing surveys and studies from peer-reviewed journals, the report raises an alarm over the precipitous decline of many bird species populations that depend upon the Boreal Forest for their survival. “The argument against the tar sands operations is growing,” said… read more →
I wanted to share with you all a set of nature photos that a member of our online community sent in — partly because they have what I think is a surreal, dreamy feel to them, and partly because they depict nature scenes from London, Ontario, where I grew up and went to school. Here they are, with photographer Sean Pape’s commentary: Sean: The picture with the orange sky was taken in the evening after a storm; sunset looks the best with all the moisture and turbulence still in the clouds. Picture was taken in a field off a country road in north London. Sean: this was taken in the late afternoon at a pond next to the Jack Chambers… read more →