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April 2012

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Canadians Oppose Dumping Mine Waste in Lakes
A poll commissioned by Nature Canada shows that Canadians overwhelmingly oppose the practice of dumping mine waste into natural bodies of water. And get this that still holds true even if it comes at the expense of potential mining-related jobs. Alex MacDonald, manager of protected areas, explains the poll results.
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4 Myths About Changes to Canada’s Environmental Laws
There's been a whole lot of talk lately about the future of Canada's environmental laws. Those who want to streamline environmental reviews or limit public discussion are making some strange claims that warrant a second look. Here are just some of the myths circulating out there, along with a reality check.
Setting the record straight


Polar Bear Comes to Parliament Hill
This Earth Day, visitors to Parliament Hill were surprised to find an iconic Canadian mammal roaming the grounds. Dressed in a life-like polar bear costume, Dr. Karen Ewing travelled from Economy, Nova Scotia to Ottawa to raise awareness of the plight of the polar bear. Check out the photos of her visit!
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Bonus: Sign our petition: We need an action plan to fight climate change!


12 Tips to Help Birds
With International Migratory Bird Day around the corner, we have gathered a list of 12 ways you can help birds during their spring migration. Not only do we have tips, we have educational materials, including a poster and bookmarks for you to download and share with your family and friends!
Help Birds

Aboriginal People of the Boreal Forest
Having lived in the Boreal forest for millennia, the Cree of James Bay and Hudson Bay have a unique connection with the land. The annual goose hunt is a particularly significant time for Cree communities. Understanding how their lives are intertwined with the Boreal forest is an important part of conserving wildlife and habitat in this magnificent area.
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Become a PlantWatch Volunteer
Help scientists understand how plants are responding to changes in the environment by becoming a volunteer with PlantWatch. By reporting the first bloom of plants in your area, you can help us understand our environment while having fun in nature. Choose as many species as you like and make observations from the comfort of your own backyard!
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Springtime Tips for the Garden
Reconnect with the earth after a long winter by planning your garden. Start by planting native wildflowers that will bloom throughout the spring and summer while providing habitat for wildlife in your yard.
5 native plants to beautify your garden


Win Canada’s Ultimate Family Adventure
Enter today for a chance to win four days of historic adventures for your whole family! If you are a Grade 8/Secondary 2 student who received a 2012-2013 My Parks Pass, simply enter the VIP code on the back of your pass at for a chance to win this once in a lifetime family trip to Niagara-on-the-lake.
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Town Reacts Quickly to Oil Spill
When oil was spotted leaking into Roberts Bay in Sydney, British Columbia, the town wasted no time in cleaning up the spill and locating the source of pollution. Kerry Finley, Caretaker for the Sydney Channel Important Bird Area, gives a first-hand account of the spill and the clean-up. The incident led to greater awareness of the importance of the area’s watershed.
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Build a Weather Station
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a climatologist? Keep track of changes in temperature, wind and precipitation this spring with your own weather station! Follow these easy steps to set up the necessary tools in your yard.
Build your weather station

Photo of the Month
Another fantastic addition to the Nature Canada Flickr pool is the winning photo of the month! Vibrant colours and a crisp, clear picture make this photo a great desktop image.
April Photo of the Month

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