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February 2013

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Take a Leap, Try FrogWatch!
Hop on the bandwagon and take part in FrogWatch, our most popular NatureWatch Program, especially for kids!
Frog ID Poster, Frog Facts, and Frog Jokes. They’re Toadly Awesome!

Species Spotlight: Western Chorus Frog
If you live in Ontario or Quebec you might see this tiny, threatened member of the tree frog family. It’s one of more than 20 frogs you can try to find as part of the FrogWatch program.
Western Chorus Frog

Do You Love Endangered Species?
As the federal government considers changes to the Species at Risk Act, we thought it was a good time to share our vision for protecting endangered wildlife in Canada. And if you agree with our vision, please write to the Prime Minister and say so!
Tell the PM: I Love Endangered Species!

Endangered Species in Ontario Face More Uncertainty
As more details emerge about the province’s plans for weakening its Endangered Species Act, Nature Canada is opposed to handing out exemptions that make it easier for developers to destroy habitat for at-risk species like the red knot.
Ontario’s Wildlife: At Risk

Is Enbridge Hoping for the Best, Not Preparing for the Worst?
This month at the Joint Review Panel hearings into the controversial Northern Gateway project, we raised more questions about how accurately Enbridge has assessed risk -- this time, the risk of a major oil spill wreaking destruction on B.C.'s coast, including the 29 Important Bird Areas that avian species and other marine wildlife call home. 
Northern Gateway Update

Cool Idea, Tara Little!
We love it when people find personal, creative ways to support our efforts to protect wildlife and habitats in this country. It’s truly inspiring! So when Tara Little produced her own calendar of beautiful nature imagery and encouraged people in her Calgary community to purchase one – with all proceeds going to Nature Canada – we were thrilled.
Thank You Tara

Legacy Giving:
Bill Kellett Dared to Dream
Each night as a boy, Bill Kellett would dream he was in the woods or on a lake. As a man, and later a father, Bill lived his dream of staying close with nature and sharing the wonders of the natural world with his children. Through a generous legacy gift to Nature Canada, Bill’s dream lives on.
Read Bill's Story

Nature’s Bounty Charity Giveaway
Nature Canada is among the finalists in the Nature’s Bounty $50,000 Charity Giveaway. Your vote could help us win as much as $20,000 that would directly support our conservation work. Voting has begun!
Vote for Nature Canada

Cats and Birds Don’t Mix
A recent journal paper reported that domestic cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds (and even more mammals) annually in the United States. That sent our national bird conservation manager, Ted Cheskey, to our blog with his thoughts on how to keep birds safe from cat predators.
Read On

Photo of the Month
Get up close and personal with this western screech-owl in our February Photo of the Month. Thanks Tania!
Photo of the Month



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