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September 2010

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First Marine Protected Area Created in Canada's Arctic
The announcement of a new Marine Protected Area in the Beaufort Sea is good news for beluga whales and other arctic marine species. Covering 1,800 square kilometres of unique arctic habitat, this new site will conserve vital feeding, breeding and migratory sites for wildlife.
Learn More About Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Area

Fall Preview: What Should be Parliament's Nature Priorities?
Canada's Parliament resumes this week, and there are several environmental policies or legislations that need action now. Nature Canada will be asking our elected representatives to strengthen the laws that protect species, sites and habitats across the country this fall.
Read Our Priorities and Add Your Support

Update: Oil Spill in the Gulf
When it comes to the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico this summer, out of sight may be out of mind for some. Unfortunately, reports that the oil has been cleaned up appear to be overly optimistic. Wildlife and habitats are still at risk in this region that provides critical stopover areas for migrating birds and wintering grounds for other Canadian breeding species.
Gulf Spill: Where is the Oil?

Living by Water: Fall Edition
The cool, crisp days of autumn are here, and if you have waterfront property, you can prepare for the changing seasons with these helpful, environmentally friendly maintenance tips.
Fall Tips for Maintaining Your Home or Cottage

Nature Canada at the Planet in Focus Film Festival
The countdown is on to Canada's largest environmental film festival! Planet in Focus kicks off this year with the Ron Mann film In the Wake of the Flood, a documentary about author Margaret Atwood's worldwide Year of the Flood book tour – and Nature Canada makes a small appearance! The Opening Night screening will also include a musical performance of passages from the novel. Tickets on sale September 23!
Join Us On the Red Carpet

Endangered Burrowing Owl Habitat is Overlooked... Again
More than four years after it was due, the federal government has released an incomplete recovery strategy for the Endangered Burrowing Owl. We are asking the federal government to revise the strategy to identify all critical habitat for the Burrowing Owl, including at Suffield National Wildlife Area in Alberta.
Burrowing Owl Proposed Recovery Strategy – What's Missing

Sable Island is a National Park! Now What?
Now that Canada's iconic Sable Island will officially become one of our country's newest national parks, the debate has begun over what kind of national park it will be. Nature Canada recommends visitor limits and prohibitions on drilling to ensure this unique wildlife habitat is fully protected.
Sable Island National Park – Our Recommendations

Tell Us What You Think About Protected Areas
National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries are important complements to our national parks system. Nature Canada is conducting a survey of naturalists and nature enthusiasts across Canada (and beyond) to better understand their views on these areas. Your views will inform a report on the state of Canada's protected areas.
Take the Survey Now – Deadline for Participation Sept. 29

Celebrating All Buffleheads Day
The Bufflehead, North America's smallest diving duck, is punctual in its return to Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary on the 298th solar day of the year, every year. This timing equates to October 15, a day that has come to be known as All Buffleheads Day in recognition of this annual migratory event.
Meet the Bufflehead

Photo of the Month
We're slowly sliding towards fall, but some traces of summer still remain. The pair of garden critters in this month's photo reminds us to take our time and appreciate the changing seasons around us.
September Photo of the Month


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