This post was written by guest blogger Rebecca Kennedy. For his lifetime achievements and contributions to the fields of marine biology and regional ornithology, Nature Canada is honoured to present Dr. Ian A. McLaren with its 2017 Douglas H. Pimlott Award. A longtime professor and researcher in marine biology and ecology at Dalhousie University, Dr. Ian McLaren has spent an enthusiastic and inquisitive life in the Canadian outdoors. After attaining his doctorate in 1961 at Yale, Dr. McLaren returned to his hometown of Montreal to work as an assistant professor in the Marine Sciences Centre at McGill. In 1966, he relocated to Dalhousie University in Halifax to be an associate professor of biology. There he spent the majority of his… read more →
The Douglas H. Pimlott Award is Nature Canada’s highest honour, awarded to an individual whose outstanding contributions to Canadian conservation serve as an example to us all. Nature Canada is proud to announce that Anne Murray is the 2015 Douglas H. Pimlott Award Winner. Anne’s dedication to nature conservation is truly inspiring. Anne volunteers with a number of nature organizations, including Nature Canada, Bird Studies Canada, B.C. Nature, Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, Delta Naturalists’ Society, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK. Anne was active for many years with the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee in highlighting the importance of the Fraser River delta and its migratory birds, and in successful and unsuccessful campaigns to protect habitat… 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.
Nature Canada wants to thank the wonderful volunteers at Foresters for joining us at the Fall BioBlitz. Foresters insurance company partners with charitable organizations to support families and communities through volunteering events. The Fall BioBlitz was one such event. 15 volunteers joined Nature Canada at the Fall BioBlitz at Mud Lake to build bird and bat houses. In total 24 bird houses and 12 bat houses were constructed and donated to Nature Canada. We will work with communities to place the bird and bat houses in critical spots around the city to support healthy urban wildlife populations. Thank you Foresters volunteers! Photography by Susanne Ure.
Millions of birds die every year in North America after colliding with buildings, making window strikes a leading cause of death for migratory birds. Help us learn more about where and why birds are colliding with buildings in the Ottawa area by volunteering for the local Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) initiative. FLAP Ottawa needs volunteers to help for a few hours each week during the migration season. Training will be provided. Volunteer Roles: FLAP Patroller: Patrol the streets to rescue injured birds and collect birds killed by window strikes. Keep detailed records of when and where you find each bird. • Must be willing to commit to at least 1 early morning patrol per week (minimum 2 hours) during… read more →
We are proud to launch a video highlighting the successes of the Canadian Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas program. The IBA program is a global initiative to conserve birds and their habitats. In Canada, Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada co-deliver the program. Together with our partners, we are achieving science-based results and working towards site-specific conservation for birds and other critical biodiversity. The video draws attention to the work of our NatureCaretakers – the eyes, ears and boots on the ground at IBAs across the country. “Nature Canada is going to keep pushing hard to have the federal government recognize these critically important sites. But, in the meantime, we’re going to have to pull together, roll up our sleeves and… read more →
David Njuguna is a volunteer with Nature Canada. He hails from Kenya and is participating in Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action program. David will be completing a two-month work placement with Nature Canada, starting in early October and ending in November. He will be joining the Communications and Conservation teams and helping them with various projects. I have heard a lot of stories about the snow. Some people says that they like it and others don’t. Since I came to Canada I haven’t had the chance to see a huge snow fall. When I meet a new person or a group of people, the only thing we talk about is the snow. Questions that come up include: how… read more →
David Njuguna is a volunteer with Nature Canada. He hails from Kenya and is participating in Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action program. David will be completing a two-month work placement with Nature Canada, starting in early October and ending in November. He will be joining the Communications and Conservation teams and helping them with various projects. As part of Canada World Youth’s program, we visited the Baxter conservation area. It was a great experience. We were a group of twenty; ten Kenyans and ten Canadians. Our main objective was to go camping and we were really determined to do so. Baxter Conservation Area is situated on 80 hectares along the shore of the Rideau River; Baxter is a beautiful… read more →
Britannia Beach. Yes, we Ottawans have a beautiful beach. Having recently returned from England, I often feel a compulsion to run down to the beach just to see it there. It’s the kind of place you travel to other places to see. This past August, my husband and I were married on the shores of the Ottawa River with grey herring gulls flying overhead. It was a perfect day. After the whole wedding etc, I realized I wanted to give back to the place that gave me so much. Supporting Nature Canada in their Clean-up Ottawa enterprise was just the right thing. In the early hours of the morning, my co-conspirator Sarah and I embarked on our mission. Loaded with… read more →
David Njuguna is a volunteer with Nature Canada. He hails from Kenya and is participating in Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action program. David will be completing a two-month work placement with Nature Canada, starting in early October and ending in November. My name is David Njuguna and I am a volunteer with Canada World Youth from Kenya. It has been now one month since I arrived in Canada. For the past few weeks, I have been volunteering with Nature Canada. While I’m here, I will be helping them with various communications and conservations projects. So far, I’ve found that Canadians are nice people, welcoming and also very busy with their things. Most of them like pets especially dogs,… read more →