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January 2013

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Op-Ed: Pitting Environment vs. Economy Wrong-Headed
‘We must choose between a healthy environment and a strong economy.’ You’ve heard that before. But when it comes to protecting this country’s endangered species and their habitat, that kind of thinking is not just bad for wildlife. It’s bad politics, and bad business.
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Feds are Doing Too Little to Protect Endangered Species: Poll
Most Canadians believe the federal government isn’t doing enough to ensure the survival of Canada’s endangered plants and animals and should better enforce the country’s species at risk law, according to a national poll released to mark the tenth anniversary of the Species at Risk Act.
Poll Highlights

New Wildlife Risk Assessments Released
Canada’s independent science body, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, released assessments of 42 species this winter, some of which were reviewed for the first time. Wood Thrush, American Badger, Striped Bass and others are highlighted in this recap on Nature Canada’s blog.
Recap: State of Canada’s Species at Risk

New Provincial Regs Would Weaken Endangered Species Protection
Even as the federal government moves to download responsibility for environmental protections to the provinces, Ontario proposes alarming changes to its Endangered Species Act.
What is Ontario Proposing?

Turbines Planned within Bird Migration Corridor
We were dismayed by Ontario’s decision to approve a wind energy project on publicly owned Crown land within one of the province’s most significant areas of bird and bat migration. Ostrander Point is in the heart of the globally significant Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area, and is well-known for its significance to migrating and breeding birds. Our local partners, the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, have launched a legal appeal of the decision.
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Species Spotlight: Red-headed Woodpecker
This distinctive red-head finds insects below tree bark by drilling holes like other woodpeckers, but also catches insects in flight or hunts for them on the ground. Find out more about this woodpecker in our species spotlight series!
Red-headed Woodpecker

Canada’s Coolest School Trip
One lucky Grade 8/Secondary 2 class will visit Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Fortress of Louisbourg and visit the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park by winning the Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest. To win, the students must produce a print, radio or TV ad encouraging a visit to one of these special places administered by Parks Canada. The contest is part of My Parks Pass, of which Nature Canada is a proud partner.
Contest Details

Doug Macauley Leaves a Legacy
We were saddened to hear that long-time member Doug Macauley, who always had a passion for the outdoors, passed away last fall. But through a generous bequest to Nature Canada Doug is helping to preserve wildlife and wilderness in Canada for years to come, and we are most grateful for his lifelong trust in our efforts.
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In Memoriam: Peggy Heppes
Former Nature Canada managing director Peggy Heppes, who retired in 1983 after years of dedicated service to the cause of nature conservation, has passed away. Current board member Diane Griffin pays tribute.
In memory

Photo of the Month
It’s all about family in this month’s photo, thanks to Calvin Hanson’s great shot of a mother and her two young.
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