Nature Canada is excited to announce the launch of our Hug-a-Tree Contest, hosted by Nature Explorers! Trees give us so much – clean air, vital medicine, delicious food and a home for some of our most precious creatures. Forests cover 31% of the earth’s total land area and are central to the livelihood of 1.6 billion people around the world. Now in honour of the United Nations International Year of Forests, we’re challenging you to show your love for trees by submitting your tree-hug themed photos on our Nature Explorers website. Nature Canada is passionate about connecting Canadians with nature and building a nature ethic across the country. Nature Explorers is Canada’s on-line destination for youth and their families to… read more →
Hi Folks! How many trees have you seen since you woke up today? Did you wish any of them a happy National Tree Day? What about a happy National Forest Week? Dig you hug any of those trees?? Don’t worry if these questions take you by surprise, since 2011 is the debut year for Canada’s National Tree Day celebrations, spearheaded by the Tree Canada Foundation, which focus on the “great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature”. Nature Canada’s celebrations today include our Hug A Tree Photo Contest, which we’re asking all of our supporters to enter for their chance to win! I started National Tree Day thinking about the… read more →
View Nature Canada: Conserving Our Forests in a larger map To celebrate the 2011 International Year of Forests, we have created a map that highlights Nature Canada’s work to conserve forests in Canada. We encourage you to explore some of this country’s rich and diverse forest ecosystems by navigating this 2-page, 6-zone map of Canada’s forested areas. Click on a coloured zone to learn about the trees in each region and the wildlife they support. Follow the links to Nature Canada’s work in each zone to learn more about how we are helping to conserve nature for future generations across the country. This map does not include all forest ecozones in Canada.
Our BirdLife partner in Paraguay, Guyra Paraguay, has been raising the alarm about the rapid deforestation of the Chaco for years. This area is critically important for indigenous peoples, wildlife and ecosystem services, like water.The rate of deforestation is estimated at about 36,000 football fields per month. Watch this video to learn more:
Cast Your Vote for Nature on May 2, 2011! Canadians expect their government to protect nature. We live in a time when the planet’s health is in peril, a time when strong leadership and decisive action are required to address the urgent threats of climate change, habitat loss, and species extinctions. To effectively protect nature for future generations, the Government of Canada has to do four things: 1. Protect Wildlife 2. Preserve Natural Areas 3. Prevent Environmental Disasters 4. Lead Canadian Conservation Tell Canada’s leaders where you stand – vote for nature in 2011! Music for All Eyes Are On Nature is courtesy of Pitx.
The 2011 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest kicks off this Sunday, April 10. This year, the contest encourages Canadian youth to enjoy nature by getting outside and creating art, writing, digital photography, and videos. Submit your art for the chance to win cash prizes, an invitation to the week-long Get to Know Art & Nature Camp in Victoria and much more. In celebration of the International Year of Forests, the theme of the 2011 Get to Know Contest is “This is My Forest”. Whether it’s a single tree in a backyard or acres of boreal forest in a national park, the contest offers youth the opportunity to learn about and celebrate their local forest and its inhabitants. The contest… read more →
What would we do without forests? Forests are essential to human, animal and plant life – they support the majority of the earth’s biodiversity. As the “lungs of the earth”, forests absorb carbon dioxide, reducing the effects of climate change. Among other things, forests provide wildlife with a place to live, reduce sedimentation and regulate flooding, and help people reduce their energy consumption by shading buildings and screening winds. Since Canada is home to 10% of the world’s forests – forests cover half the Canadian landscape – Canadians have a key role to play in the global effort to conserve and sustainably manage forests. We can start by asking the Government of Canada to take five important steps to protect… read more →
The Olive-sided Flycatcher, a boreal bird Yesterday, the Pew Environment Group released a report that said Canada’s boreal forest contains more unfrozen freshwater than any other ecosystem in the world and its protection should become a global priority. Released during the International Year of Forests and one week before World Water Day, the report brings attention to the need for provincial and federal governments to restrict industrial development in the world’s largest wetland habitat. Why should we care? The report, A Forest of Blue: Canada’s Boreal Forest, the World’s Waterkeeper, compiles decades of research that shows the great environmental and economic value of the boreal forest, which: Contains 25 percent of the planet’s wetlands, millions of pristine lakes, and thousands… read more →
Children take a tour of a nursery in Oviedo After visiting Formon near Macaya National Park in Haiti last week, our director of conservation, Mara Kerry, has spent the last few days visiting our partner, Grupo Jaragua, in the Dominican Republic. Grupo Jaragua is working to promote sustainable livelihoods with the support of Nature Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency, just like our Haitian partner, Haiti Audubon Society, is doing in Haiti. As Canadian co-partners in BirdLife International, we are committed to working across borders for birds and people. Grupo Jaragua’s work is centered on the community of Oviedo in southwestern Dominican Republic, and is aimed at improving the lives of people in the community while ensuring the conservation… read more →
Haitian children attend a school rebuilt by Nature Canada and its Partners Nature Canada’s Director of Conservation, Mara Kerry, is on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola this week to pay a visit to Nature Canada’s conservation and development projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We’ve been working with our BirdLife partner in Haiti, Haitian Audubon Society, on an integrated conservation and development project supported by the Canadian International Development Agency. One of our projects has involved rebuilding the local school in Formon, hiring teachers and providing free education to the children of parents who adopt sustainable forest management practices. Mara took the time to send us this video clip of her visit to Formon, in which the children thank Audubon and Nature… read more →