Far too often, we tend to hear nothing but bad news on the television and in the newspapers when it comes to protecting the nature we all love and need. It’s true, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. But here are eight numbers that will make you optimistic about the future of nature in Canada!
All of these figures come from the Canadian Nature Survey, published by the federal, provincial and territorial working group on biodiversity.
|92%||The number of Canadians reporting they’ve heard the term “species at risk” before. 46% of Canadians also reported engaging in some form of direct voluntary action to help Canada’s species at risk.|
|90%||The number of Canadian adults who took part in a nature-based activity. Over 3/4 of these Canadians chose a non-motorized and non-consumptive form of nature-based recreation, opting for activities close to home most of the time. Click here to learn more about our NatureHood program connecting urban-living Canadians with their nature nearby!|
|71%||Percentage of Canadians who reported picnicking or relaxing in nature. Picnicking was the most popular single activity followed by reading or viewing nature media (66%); hiking, climbing, horseback riding (64%); and gardening or landscaping with plants (51%).|
|53%||The number of Canadians who participated in some kind of nature education activity. Visiting a zoo, aquarium, public garden, or museum of natural history were by far the most popular forms of nature education activities.|
|13%||Percentage of Canadians who volunteered in some way in nature conservation away from their homes in the last year. Most respondents reported that their involvement with nature had either remained stable or had increased over the last five years! You can join these Canadians and volunteer with Nature Canada today. Click here to sign-up!|
|133||The average number of days per year survey participants spent watching, monitoring, feeding, filming, or photographing birds. Click here to learn more about our bird conservation efforts!|
|84||The average number of days per year survey participants spent hiking, climbing and horseback riding.|
|70||The average number of days per year survey participants spent gardening or landscaping with plants. Click here to learn how you can help monarch butterflies by planting milkweed in your yard or garden!|