Ontario Power Generation kicks off new partnership with Ontario Nature with a weekend of action and education on biodiversity



    
                May 22nd - International Day for Biodiversity
       May 23rd - The Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival at the
                             Leslie Street Spit
     May 24th - International Biodiversity Celebration - Invasive Plant
                            Removal at Rouge Park
    


    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation is partnering with
Ontario Nature in a province-wide series of conservation-focused,
family-friendly action and education events kicking off May 22nd,
International Day for Biodiversity, and featuring the Tommy Thompson Park
Spring Bird Festival at the Leslie Street Spit in downtown Toronto and the
International Biodiversity Celebration at Rouge Park in Scarborough.
    In addition to its support of Ontario Nature, OPG is working with LEAF,
and the Bruce Trail Conservancy to sponsor biodiversity events throughout 2009
that make it easy for people to get involved with our environment. These
events, "Biodiversity 2009", build on OPG's commitment to conserving
biodiversity and protecting nature. Since 2000 OPG and its conservation
partners have planted more than 3.8 million trees and shrubs on more than
1,850 hectacres of land. That's enough to offset about 2 million tonnes of
carbon dioxide over the lifetime of those trees - helping to mitigate climate
change.
    "We are proud to be working hand-in-hand with these three important
organizations to further engage Ontarians in what is a critical mission: the
conservation and protection of our environment," said Cara Clairman, VP,
Sustainable Development, OPG. "At OPG, we believe that industry has a role to
play in conserving Ontario's biodiversity. Our actions support Ontario's
Biodiversity Strategy to conserve nature and protect what sustains us," she
added.
    "Ontario Nature is very pleased to be partnering with OPG to provide
Ontarians with first-hand opportunities to learn about biodiversity and to
actively contribute to its conservation through volunteer projects in natural
areas around the province," said Caroline Schultz, Executive Director of
Ontario Nature.

    May 23rd, 2009: Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival at the foot of
Leslie Street on the shores of Lake Ontario

    The amazing phenomenon of bird migration at Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is
celebrated at this annual event for anyone interested in birds. Highlights
will include author of Silence of the Songbirds, Bridget Stutchbury as a guest
bird-a-thoner and speaker, guided hikes all day long with early bird hikes at
7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 a.m., live bird banding demonstrations, children's
activities and interpretive displays illustrating colonial waterbirds, bird
conservation and habitat restoration.

    May 24th, 209: International Biodiversity Celebration - Invasive Plant
Removal and Education at Rouge Park, Scarborough

    Celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity in beautiful
Rouge Park, Canada's premier urban wilderness park. Highlights will include
guided hikes of the Riverside trail and removal of invasive dog-strangling
vine. During the hike, Rouge Park stewardship staff will introduce the forest
ecosystems that can be found in the park, and provide a lesson on identifying
the various tree and plant species. You will also learn about invasive species
impact the park's native plant communities.
    For further information on these and other upcoming events scheduled as
part of Biodiversity 2009, visit www.opg.com.

    Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through
conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable
organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 140
member groups across Ontario.

    OPG is celebrating its 10th year of serving the province. Building on a
proud history, OPG provides the people and industry of Ontario with clean,
safe and reliable electricity - just as it's always done.





For further information:

For further information: For event details and information, please
contact: Victoria Foote, Director of Communications, Ontario Nature, (416)
444-8419 ext. 238, victoriaf@ontarionature.org; For further information about
OPG and Biodiversity 2009, please contact: OPG Media Relations,
1-877-592-4008


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