The birds and the bees (and whales, bats, fish and trees) to benefit from latest round of Go Wild grants

TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - From citizen-science whale research in British Columbia to mallard duck nesting habitat construction in Saskatchewan, Canadians are using Go Wild Community Grants, presented by TELUS, to benefit wildlife and their habitats.

The Go Wild program, now in its fourth-round of recipients, helps thousands of Canadians connect with and protect nature with grants of $1,000 to $7,000. Twelve new grants have just been awarded to projects that will be implemented this winter and run until spring 2017.

Some of the new grant projects include:

  • Whale Trail informational sites to engage the public in citizen science whale research.
  • A 7.4-kilometre nectar trail in Kelowna, B.C., to provide habitat for native pollinators. 
  • Bat house installations by primary students in Quebec to help bat populations affected by white-nose syndrome.
  • Construction of nesting habitat for mallard ducks threatened by habitat loss and predation in Yorkton, Sask.
  • Urban tree nurseries and an environmental education centre in New Brunswick to educate youth about the benefits of nature while increasing wildlife habitat.
  • Wetland habitat and water-quality improvements to increase the number of fish species in Hamilton, Ont.
  • DIVINE, a new community play in Toronto, Ont., exploring a post-apocalyptic province without water.

For a complete list of selected projects, visit

For more information on past projects, visit the WWF-Canada blog.

Sarah Winterton, WWF-Canada director of nature-connected communities, says:
"It's important to recognize the role that nature plays in sustaining us, and commit to doing our part to ensure it thrives. WWF-Canada is proud to support these 15 Go Wild Community Grants for their efforts to safeguard our natural riches and ecosystems – and for helping thousands of Canadians connect more deeply with nature."

About Go Wild Community Grants presented by TELUS
In partnership with TELUS, WWF-Canada's Go Wild Community Grants support creative ideas from Canadians on how to protect, restore, monitor, educate and celebrate nature. For more information, visit

About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit


For further information: Emily Vandermeer, communications specialist, WWF-Canada, 416-489-4567 ext. 7298,


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