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January 2010

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The Copenhagen Climate Accord: A Weak Agreement
The Copenhagen climate talks in December 2009 resulted in an agreement that is neither ambitious nor legally binding. With the summit now over, we compare the Accord that was reached with the 5 "asks" that BirdLife International took to Copenhagen on behalf of Nature Canada and its other members worldwide.
Does the Copenhagen Accord measure up?

Mackenzie Gas Project Report Released
The future of the mighty Mackenzie River – and the pipeline megaproject that threatens to forever change it – has become clearer, with the release of a long-anticipated environmental assessment report. So, what do the Joint Review Panel's recommendations mean for nature in Canada's North? 
Reaction to the Mackenzie Gas Report

New Important Bird Area Website Launched
Birders have a new, improved source of information about Important Bird Areas, and the birds that inhabit them, with the launch of a new website for the Canadian Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program. Check out maps, IBA profiles and tips for getting involved in bird conservation.
New Important Bird Area website is live!

EnCana Avoids Trial, Suffield Still Threatened
Earlier this month, the case against EnCana on charges of violating Canada's Wildlife Act in Suffield National Wildlife Area was stayed. It has been almost five years since EnCana installed a section of pipeline in the NWA without a permit. And while this court case is over, proposed gas exploration inside the protected area continues to threaten local endangered species.
EnCana avoids trial

Canadian Breeding Birds at Greater Risk
Two bird species that breed in Canada have been uplisted to a higher risk category of becoming extinct. Both the Chestnut-collared Longspur and the Bicknell's Thrush are habitat specialists that require specific and increasingly rare conditions to survive.
Get to know these two species

Nature Canada's Ian Davidson Named Interim Chair of WHSRN
Nature Canada Executive Director Ian Davidson has been named interim Chair of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), a 24-year old international initiative to conserve shorebirds and their habitats across the Americas.
Read the announcement

Call for Nominations: Nature Canada Awards
Nature Canada is proud to announce the establishment of the Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award and the Charles Labatiuk Volunteer Award. These awards have been established through the legacy gift of Charles Labatiuk and Nature Canada's establishment of the Charles Labatiuk Nature Endowment Fund. Nominations are now open. Nominations are also open for the Douglas H. Pimlott Award, Nature Canada Affiliate Award, and Nature Canada Volunteer Award.
Nominate someone today

Update: The Earthquake in Haiti
Nature Canada is closely following developments in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake on January 12. Since 2007, we have been working with the Haiti Audubon Society and local leaders in the communities surrounding Macaya National Park, in western Haiti. We can now report that our Haiti Audubon Society partners are okay; additionally, we have learned that our project communities are fine and did not sustain damage. Nature Canada's immediate focus will be on determining how we can contribute to the reconstruction effort, particularly by helping the communities to adjust as resettlement from the most impacted areas occurs.
More from Nature Canada on the earthquake

Margaret Atwood Urges Action for Birds
Nature Canada was delighted to be the recipient of Margaret Atwood's fundraising on her Year of the Flood book tour. Now, in a feature published in The Guardian, Ms. Atwood writes about her ties to BirdLife International and urges us all to act now to save our birds.
Read the article

Photo of the Month
This handsome fellow shows off his fine feathers for the camera. As he's all alone, we wonder if he's all dressed up with no place to go?
January Photo of the Month

Around the Bend
Want to get involved with nature-related events in your area? Check out our calendar to see what's coming up, or submit details for your event.
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