Welcome to the Canadian Nature Network Website and Portal. Find breaking nature and conservation news from national, provincial, territorial and local groups, check out the calendar of events, participate in a discussion group or community of interest, etc.
The Canadian Nature Network is an alliance of societies, groups, clubs and individuals that share a common relationship either with Nature Canada or one of its 11 Provincial and Territorial Affiliates. It is the common concern for nature, whether through observation, education, enjoyment, protection or stewardship that form the strands of the web that connect members of this network.
A Caretaker is a local volunteer who is matched to one (or more) Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Caretakers are community champions, acting as watchdogs to ensure that changes within IBAs, or threats to their ecological integrity, are properly documented - and, ideally, resolved.
Caretaker activities vary depending on site characteristics and their own interests, but can include: collecting bird data; conducting site assessments; restoring habitat; raising awareness; and advocacy efforts.
Assessing the status and trends of bird populations and IBAs, and documenting the value of conservation efforts, will become increasingly important as the program develops. Coordinated Caretaker activity will allow us to target particularly vulnerable sites for additional conservation action, and will help us ensure that Canada's IBA habitats and birds are safeguarded.
Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, and regional partners affiliated with the IBA Program provide support, guidance and training to our volunteers. Everyone has something to offer, and the program greatly benefits from the diversity of its contributors.
The IBA Caretakers Network, developed by Nature Canada on the Canadian Nature Network website, is designed to develop a strong network of IBA Caretakers across Canada. Establishing such a network will help Caretakers achieve their shared goal of ensuring the long term conservation of their IBAs for the benefit of birds, people and other wildlife that depend on these sites.
Last year over one thousand naturalists representing over 230 organizations participated in a workshop about your conservation priorities and provided Nature Canada with input into the development of a Strategic Plan for the Canadian Nature Network. The plan was released in July of 2016. with three main strategic intents:
strengthening our collective capacity to monitor and care for nature,
Through increasing Canadians awareness and appreciation of nature and engaging Canadians in activities for enjoyment and conservation
building the skills and capacity to achieve our individual and collective priorities.
Since the release of the plan, the Canadian Nature Forum comprised of Provincial/ Territorial level nature federations or organizations and Nature Canada, has met to formalize relationships and establish a common work plan. This is a slow process but is proceeding. Presently common projects include the development of a caretakers network to monitor and steward Important Bird Areas, and educational initiatives focussing on young naturalists and new Canadians.
On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.
Last year 17 species were seen in only one location and 12 species were found in only two locations. This year, 27 species were seen in only one location and 12 species were found in only two locations around the province.
The Canadian Nature Forum is a formalized partnership that includes the Nature Canada and its Provincial and Territorial Affiliates. The Forum was established at the end of a long consultation process with participants in the Canadian Nature Network. To learn more about the Forum click here "Canadian Nature Forum."
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