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April 2011

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Has your child received their My Parks Pass?
If they are in Grade 8 or Secondary 2, their My Parks Pass gives them and their family free entry for one year to nearly 200 national parks, historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada. For the second year in a row, Nature Canada is proud to help bring kids closer to Canada’s beloved natural and historic areas. My Parks Pass holders can also enter to win a summer vacation of a lifetime!
My Parks Pass
PLUS: Happy Birthday! Parks Canada Celebrates 100 Years

New Nature Reserve Created
Thanks in part to a gift from a Nature Canada member, a stunning stretch of Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula is now protected forever. The Malcolm Bluffs Shores Nature Reserve protects vital wetland, woodland, and shoreline habitat along the Niagara Escarpment. Nature Canada and Ontario Nature were proud to announce the creation of the reserve at a celebration in Wiarton, Ontario last week.
Malcolm Bluffs

Bringing Together Partners in Bird Conservation
A national Important Bird Areas meeting brought IBA partners from across the country together to coordinate on-the-ground bird conservation. Through the Important Bird Areas Caretaker network, volunteers in 7 provinces watch over and protect critical habitat for migratory birds. Read about our expanding network of caretakers and the progress we’re making on both sides of the border.
IBA Caretakers

Movie Review
Rio: Animated Film Sheds Light On Sad Truth of Spix's Macaw
Dive into a world of tropical birds, animal smugglers, and the rich sounds and colours of Brazilian culture in this thrilling 3-D animated film that’s sure to entertain people of all ages. Not only is it a fun, feature film, the challenges which the movie’s star – an endangered Blue Spix Macaw – must face raise awareness about the illegal trade in wildlife that threatens endangered animals.
Read the Review

Go Birding with Ted Cheskey
Have you ever heard a birder ‘pish’ to attract birds? Join Ted Cheskey, Nature Canada’s manager of bird conservation, on a bird-watching walk in Gatineau Park, Quebec – he’ll explain what ‘pishing’ has to do with birding and what kinds of migratory birds you can expect to see this time of year.
Watch the video

Your Guide to Helping Injured Baby Birds
What does an injured baby bird look like? What should you do if you find one? Helene Van Doninck, a wildlife veterinarian, debunks common myths about baby birds and dispenses practical advice about what you can do if you find a fledgling or nestling in distress.
Read More About Baby Birds

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Tell PM Harper: Don’t Forget the Environment!
Help ensure that Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes protecting the environment a top priority as he sets his agenda for the future. Let him know that a healthy environment is important to you – send a letter urging him to take 4 important steps to protect and conserve the environment.
Send a letter
PLUS: How will the new cabinet shuffle affect nature conservation in Canada? Jean Langlois, strategic relations manager with Nature Canada, weighs in on the recent changes on the Hill.
Cabinet Shuffle  

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Show Your Plaid – Win an Eco-Adventure!
Way to go everyone! By sharing Alexander Keith’s Green Initiative on Facebook and purchasing specially marked cases of Keith’s beer, you’ve donated just over $4,000 to Nature Canada. Help us reach our goal of $5,000 before the initiative ends on May 31. Ask your friends and family to join in! Plus: Enter to win an eco-adventure when you buy a specially marked case of Keith’s beer.
Join Keith’s Green Initiative

White Swan’s Eco-Journey A Success
After a 27-day trip that started in the Maritimes, White Swan’s Honda Insight hybrid car pulled in to the Greater Toronto Area to celebrate the success of the White Swan Eco-Journey. Along the way, White Swan’s Eco-Journey visited commercial stores in various cities and towns to raise awareness of its line of eco-products. White Swan is a proud supporter of Nature Canada’s Nature Explorers program, which helps kids connect with nature across Canada.
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May Photo of the Month
Framed against a bright blue sky, this stunning photo reminds us of the elegant beauty of our migratory birds.
Photo of the Month



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