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March 2011

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Action Alert
Protect Canada’s Forests in 2011
What would we do without forests? As the “lungs of the earth”, forests are essential to human, animal and plant life. Take action in this International Year of Forests: ask the government to take five important steps to conserve our forest ecosystems.
Sign the Petition

10 Tips to Help Migrating Birds
Spring has sprung! One of the first signs of spring – the return of birds to our backyards – is starting to make an appearance. Make your yard an inviting place for migrating birds to visit by following these easy tips.
10 Ways to Help Migrating Birds
PLUS: Extra Tips from Seasoned Wildlife Vet Helene Van Doninck

Renewed Hope for Songbird
The Canadian Government announced a recovery strategy for the endangered Prothonotary Warbler that incorporates key Nature Canada recommendations. Get to know this beautiful songbird and what this plan may mean for the future of the species.
Hope for Prothonotary Warbler in Canada

Celebrating 10th Anniversary of U.S. Bird Conservation Law
Ian Davidson, Nature Canada’s executive director, joined conservation leaders in Washington D.C. to celebrate the passing of a key American wildlife law that has resulted in $125 million invested in on-the-ground bird conservation projects. Catalyzing conservation efforts across the western hemisphere, the funding has supported Nature Canada’s Important Bird Areas Caretaker Network and our Haiti Project.
Key Bird Conservation Law Turns Ten

Getting Wind Power Right: Ostrander Point
Opposition to wind energy plants in critical bird habitat in Ontario continues to grow. Vocal opponents to the proposed Ostrander Point wind energy plant had their say at a March workshop in Kingston held by the Kingston Field Naturalists. Ted Cheskey, Nature Canada’s bird conservation manager and workshop presenter, shares the latest update on how certain wind energy plants are affecting birds.
Birds and Wind Energy Projects

Get to Know Contest Starts April 10!
This year, the Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest encourages Canadian youth to enjoy nature by getting outside and creating art, writing, digital photography, and videos. Submit your art for the chance to win cash prizes, an invitation to the week-long Get to Know Art & Nature Camp in Victoria and much more. The contest launches during National Wildlife Week, April 10 – 16, at participating parks, zoos, and museums all across Canada.
Learn More About How to Enter

Essential Reading
What Ontario Birders Think about Wind Energy
Last month we brought you a snap shot of Nature Canada’s survey on Ontario birders’ views on wind energy. This month, we bring you the full article published in the journal, Ontario Birds.
Read the Report

Caribbean Report:
Protecting Wildlife Habitat in Dominican Republic
Nature Canada’s Mara Kerry, director of conservation, visits our projects in the Dominican Republic and shares the latest on what communities are doing to protect critical habitat for endemic birds, plants and other animals. Working with our Birdlife partner, Grupo Jaragua, we are helping communities adopt sustainable practices that continue to improve the lives of locals and conserve important wintering grounds for migratory birds.
Latest from Dominican Republic

NEW! Paper-Free Giving
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2011 Annual General Meeting
Nature Canada's 2011 Annual General Meeting will be held on June 22, 2011 in Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba.
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Photo of the Month
This month’s prickly winner was spotted snacking on the frosted branches of a tree. A strict herbivore, this rodent feeds on the inner bark of trees and coniferous foliage during the long winter months.
March Photo of the Month



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