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August 2012

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We Can’t Leave Canada’s Parks and Wildlife Areas Unprotected

We need you to speak up on behalf of Canada’s parks, wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries. Under the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, many developments in federal protected areas like golf courses and ski resorts would no longer require environmental assessments or be subject to public scrutiny.Tell Canada’s government that national wildlife areas and other federally protected spaces deserve the highest level of protection.
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Flock to Lac Deschênes!
Our inaugural Sunday Bikeday event in the Lac Deschênes Important Bird Area drew cyclists, walkers and hikers to our information booths set up on both sides of the Ottawa river. With our local partners we talked with those who stopped by about our local birds, the importance of protecting the Lac Deschênes IBA, and about how you can enjoy the IBA responsibly.
Flock to Lac Deschênes

Northern Gateway Review Enters Final Stages
As our experts were preparing to be cross-examined by Enbridge’s lawyers in the Northern Gateway hearings this Fall, we received a timely call from the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre. The non-profit centre has offered to represent Nature Canada and joint intervener BC Nature, on a pro bono basis, for the balance of the Enbridge hearings. With their help, we’re even better prepared to ensure the interests of birds and wildlife are well represented in the final stage of hearings.
Northern Gateway hearings


Important Bird Area Caretakers Take the Spotlight
In a blog series on Canada’s Important Bird Area Caretakers, we introduce you to the people behind a national bird conservation program that includes more than 200 volunteers. Meet Ontario’s first Important Bird Area Caretaker, Cheryl Anderson, a dedicated volunteer and advocate for one of Ontario’s migratory bird hotspots. Explore the reeds and marshes of a Manitoba IBA with Charlie McPherson, an IBA Caretaker who won’t let a wild storm come between him and his Caretaker duties!
Read Cheryl’s story
Read Charlie’s story

Birders Fly West
Thousands of bird scientists came to beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia for the 5th Annual North American Ornithological Conference this month. Our Ted Cheskey, manager of bird conservation, presented a poster about Important Bird Areas in Canada, while executive director Ian Davidson, delivered a symposium on hemispheric bird conservation where he urged scientists to work closely with conservation activists, land managers and local communities to implement the results of their academic findings.
All things birds


What I Love About Nature Photo Contest
Nature Canada and White Swan have joined together to offer you a great opportunity to win prizes while expressing what it is about nature that you, your family and friends love! You could be eligible to win one DIGITAL CAMERA and all entrants are eligible to win $550 worth of White Swan products!
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 A Wood Like No Other
Myrna Wood, wildlife advocate and winner of Nature Canada’s 2011 Volunteer Award, shares her passion for birds and the wildlife found in her home in Prince Edward County in an essay on her legacy to nature.
Preserving nature for the next generation

Photo of the Month
This cheeky fellow popped up right in front of the camera lens, resulting in a candid portrait of a frequent visitor to campgrounds and campfires.
Photo of the Month

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