by boi on October 16, 2017 - 10:45pm
Nature Canada’s mission is “To protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Canada by engaging people and advocating on behalf of nature.” They get involved in national issues such as wilderness protection, bird conservation and endangered species. They have 5 branches that work for different goals. NatureNetwork is a network of naturalist charities and groups, on provincial and regional levels, that advocate nature conservation in Canada. NatureVoice is a program of advocacy that encourages the federal government to vote for environmental friendly policies. NatureCaretakers is a group of volunteers that are dedicated to protecting habitats of great importance across Canada and finally NatureWatch and NatureHood encourages Canadians to study nature to and connect with it in their local communities.
NatureCaretakers is a vital bird monitoring program that ensures the protection of places that are important for breeding and migrating. They watch over a third of Canada’s 600 Important Bird Areas. According to their website, NatureCaretakers are the first line of defense for areas that are missing oversight and protection. After signing up online, caretakers are matched to different Important Bird Areas where they will monitor bird activity, do conservation activities and assess habitats. The Caretakers work with different specialists such as scientists, local communities, nature groups and governments to ensure that conservation ideas are put into place.
Nature Canada’s history dates back to 1939 when Reginald Whittemore released the magazine Canadian Nature in honour of his wife, Mabel Frances who was a nature lover and educator. Today, the organization is comprised of 45,000 members and a network of over 350 naturalist organizations located in every Canadian province.