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July 2011

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Complete Canada’s National Park System
Our national parks are a source of pride for Canadians – but only a fraction of wild spaces are set aside for protection. Send a letter to Environment Minister Peter Kent asking him to celebrate Parks Canada’s centennial by continuing the work to complete the national park system!
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Advancing Nature Conservation in Canada’s North   
Collaboration is the cornerstone of achieving conservation successes – and nowhere is that more true than in Canada’s North. As an official partner of the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy, we’re working with all people and groups with an interest in conserving and protecting special natural and cultural areas in the Northwest Territories.
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What Do You Think of Canada’s National Wildlife Areas?
Take this survey and help researchers understand what Canadians think of National Wildlife Areas. The results will also be used by Environment Canada and its partners as they work on the proposed Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area in British Columbia.
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Polar Bear to Be Added to Species At Risk List
Thanks in part to letters sent from our supporters, the federal government is set to add the Polar Bear to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act as a species of special concern. There’s a 30-day comment period on the proposal – make sure you tell Environment Minister Peter Kent that you support his proposal!
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Habitat Protection Key to Saving Piping Plover
This small, endangered shorebird, like 84% of Canada’s at-risk species, is threatened with extinction because of loss of habitat. This month, we recommended stronger habitat protection for the proposed Species at Risk Act (SARA) Action Plan for the Ontario population of Piping Plover.
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Wolfe Island Wind Farm Still One of Deadliest for Birds, Bats
A fourth report in a series of studies of bird and bat deaths at the Wolfe Island wind energy farm confirms our fears – TransAlta’s wind plant is still one of the most dangerous for birds and bats. Ted Cheskey, Nature Canada’s manager of bird conservation, tells us what this means for the future of winged wildlife on Wolfe Island.
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Is Cairn Energy Prepared for an Arctic Oil Spill?
The Scottish oil and gas giant plans to drill off the coast of Greenland – and won’t tell the public how it plans to clean up an oil spill. We sent a letter signed by 53 other international organizations to Greenland’s Prime Minister expressing our concern regarding Cairn’s operations in this unique and fragile region.
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Empowering Women, Conserving Forests in Paraguay
Two things we’re very proud to be a part of! Our projects in Paraguay are making a difference – in nature and in the lives of women and their families.
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A Story of Three Legacies
Doug Macaulay’s love for nature has inspired him to make a strong commitment to nature conservation, philanthropy and taking action to preserve wildlife and wild places in Canada.
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July Photo of the Month
During the heat wave that swept across Canada, this month’s winner was staying cool in nature’s swimming pool.
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