TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - Become a Force for Nature this National
Volunteer Week (April 10-16) as the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
invites you sign up for one of over 50 Conservation Volunteers events
and have an adventure in conservation.
Across Canada, NCC's Conservation Volunteers program is working to
protect Canada's natural areas. This unique program takes Canadians
outdoors to experience the beauty of nature while working to protect
and care for some of our most precious wildlife and natural areas.
The program gives people of all ages the opportunity to volunteer while
learning new skills, exploring unique places, and observing rare
species in the wild. With events planned right across the country,
there will be something for everyone.
Whether helping to provide a safe haven for endangered species, removing
invasive species that choke out native plants in many regions , or
planting trees, shrubs and bulbs, Conservation Volunteers play a vital
role in NCC's mission to protect the pristine natural areas. Without
volunteers, NCC could not achieve its conservation goals.
Register now for this year's Conservation Volunteers events during
National Volunteer Week and become a Force for Nature! Visit NCC's website to find an event near you!
"It may be a simple gift of their time, but by joining an event,
volunteers are part of something bigger - they're helping to protect
the habitats and wildlife around them," explains Lisa McLaughlin,
Conservation Volunteers program manager at NCC. "Volunteers work
alongside professional conservationists and get to see the impact of
their work first-hand!"
"The events that are my favourites are ones that have a learning or
teaching element connected to them," said Tony Irwin, a Conservation
Volunteer in British Columbia. "The work is striving to restore the
areas to what they were like before, which sometimes involves removing
invasive species and planting native ones. One of the reasons I joined
the NCC was to learn how they were doing the restoration and find out
what I should be doing on my own property."
Almost 1,200 volunteers, contributed approximately 7,300 hours of
volunteer work through the Conservation Volunteers program last year.
Events in 2011 include planting prairie grass in Ontario, cleaning beach
habitat for endangered Piping Plovers in Nova Scotia, clearing out
nesting sites for endangered Spiny Softshell turtles in Quebec and
planting marsh plants for Chinook Salmon smolt.
Events start in mid-April and will run until late November throughout
These events are for all ages, including children, retirees, families,
teens and groups of friends looking for a fun way to get outdoors and
Since the program's national launch in 2008, thousands of people have
nurtured nature at Conservation Volunteers events coast to coast.
In 2010, volunteers worked to protect 7,000 acres (2,830 hectares) of
land; while planting over 15,000 native plants and trees, collecting
over 100 bags of garbage, removing invasive plants and recording
endangered and common species on the properties.
The Conservation Volunteers program provides a unique and fun way to
experience nature while learning about the world around us.
As a proud supporter of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Toshiba Canada
is providing digital camcorders to support the Conservation Volunteers
Roving Reporters across the country. The Roving Reporters will capture
short and fun video clips of Conservation Volunteers at work.
Watch the Conservation Volunteers Video
Sign up for an event at www.conservationvolunteers.ca
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See volunteers at work on NCC's Flickr Page http://www.flickr.com/groups/ncc-conservationvolunteers
Check out what volunteers are saying about the program www.natureconservancy.ca
To register for events taking place in your area visit www.conservationvolunteers.ca
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land
conservation organization, working to protect our most important
natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its
partners have helped to protect more than 2 million acres (800,000
hectares), coast to coast. To learn more visit: www.natureconservancy.ca
Stunning still photography of volunteers across the country available
Broll of Conservation Volunteers at work available
Interviews with volunteers, NCC staff, experts and scientist available
Check out our online newsroom for more updates at www.natureconservancy.ca/media
SOURCE Nature Conservancy of Canada
For further information:
National Media Relations Manager
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Tel: (416) 932.3203 x 241
Toll Free: 1.800.465.0029 x 241