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Nature Canada Whirlwind Year a Spring-To-Spring

Have you ever had one of those days when you barely have time to catch your breath? Well, it feels like we’ve had a whole year of it at Nature Canada.

But we were never alone, even in the most difficult moments: our supporter and partners were with us every inch of the way. Thanks to your help, This whirlwind year has brought very encouraging gains for nature.

BIRD-FRIENDLY CITIES

Our bird-friendly cities program is supported by local volunteer groups who want to take action with communities to protect bird populations.

In the spring of 2022, there have been a number of successes for this program, which works with municipalities and local “bird teams” to make urban places safe havens for birds — and educate the general public on how to reduce the brow to bird populations.

Eight communities received the certification last spring, from Halton Hills and Peterborough in Ontario to Lions Bay and Saanich in British Columbia. More cities were added in the summer and fall of 2022, and now (in April 2023); we have a total of 20 certified “bird-friendly” communities.(The federal Minister of the environment, Steven Guilbeault, celebrated this important milestone during the recent “nature COP” – more information below.)

PROTECTION OF 30% OF SURFACES AND WATERS BY 2030

It was a year of international nature conferences in Canada – and a year that showed how ordinary voices could be heard to stop the loss of nature.

In the fall of 2022, nature lover turned to the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (“NatureCOP”), which was to be held in Montreal in December, and wondered how they could show Canadian decision-maker that we needed real action at the conference.

From the coasts of British Columbia to the Maritimes, more than thirty high-profile events have been organized to inspire and motivate people to send messages Of hope to stop and reverse the loss of nature. Thousands of people participated and their letter of hope and their works of art were all collected. We are grateful to each individual for coming together to show their support for the protection of our lands, our bodies of water and our wildlife. On their behalf, Nature Canada staff delivered thousands of messages to Prime Minister Trudeau. In his opening speech at NatureCOP, the Prime Minister directly quoted two of them.

SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS CONSERVATION

Self-established indigenous conservation and conservation areas (IPCAS) help protect nature and cultural traditions from mining, deforestation and development. During the summer of last year, our team of naturalists headed north to Eeyou Istchee, on the east coast of James Bay, to conduct studies on birds and habitat in collaboration with our Cree partners. Our work there focused on species and groups of species that have great cultural value for the Cree: shorebirds, sea ducks, seabird colonies and species. Last summer’s trip cemented the many friendships we have at Eeyou Istchee and laid the foundations for more in-depth fieldwork.

All this is used to create native conservation and conservation areas (IPCAS) in the James Bay area, which also help protect iconic species such as caribou, lynx and wolf. This collaboration parallels our partnership with Sakitawak IPCA in Île-À-La-Crosse, Saskatchewan. By working with Indigenous communities to preserve the boreal forest, we also help them protect culturally important species such as freshwater fish, mature pines and forest caribou.

PROTECTING INTACT FORESTS

Speaking of forests, they are one of our greatest allies in the action against climate change, and scientists are sounding the alarm about the impact of industrial logging on their carbon storage capacity.

In the fall, 90 international scientists signed an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the government to superior protect Canada’s climate-critical primary forests and examine how it reports carbon emissions from deforestation. “We highly recommend the Canadian government… Protect primary forests and older forests,” the scientists wrote, “and make their protection a key pillar of their commitments to natural climate solutions.”

Part of this protection is to improve the accuracy and transparency of forest industry reports on greenhouse gas emissions — the subject of Nature Canada’s after report Lost in the Woods.

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