Conservation Volunteers 2017: The stories behind the numbers

Every year, we measure the contributions our volunteers make for nature through our Conservation Volunteers (CV) program and share stories about our successes, challenges and experiences. While conservation is at the heart of everything we do, it’s vitally important for us to celebrate the thousands of people who help us achieve our goals every year.

By December 2017, over 200 volunteer events, engaging close to 2,750 Canadians, contributed close to 13,200 hours of actions dedicated to nature.

Click on the images below to read more about the special projects Canadians are helping us complete from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.

Behind every CV event is a story of people, special places and the species that depend upon them.

Highlights from the 2017 CV Season:

Collecting seeds to help enhance rare native plant populations in BC. (Photo by NCC)

Restored habitat on the rare, endangered ecosystems of British Columbia's James Island.

Honey bee (Photo from Bees Matter)

Alberta volunteers built homes for native bees and planted 415 native shrubs and flowers to increase bee habitat.

It's important to use stain on the inside parts of the box. This ensures that the bats will be able to move around the box with ease. (Photo by NCC)

Built homes for bats at Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area in Saskatchewan!

Volunteers identifying plants (Photo by NCC)

Recorded more than 400 species in a bioblitz in Manitoba's rare and endangered alvar habitat.

Catching butterflies on the Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers documented more than 1,700 butterflies in Ontario's Rice Lake Plains to help with stewardship initiatives.

Monarch, Carden Alvar, ON (Photo by NCC)

Documented more than 2,500 individual butterflies and dragonflies in Ontario's Carden Alvar property. Volunteers saw more than 100 monarch butterflies!

"There's something special about being a volunteer with NCC. My wife and I look forward to each event, knowing it will be a positive experience, with great future implications."
Jake De leeuw, Conservation Volunteer

Conservation Volunteers activity at the Grondines swamp (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers planted 250 trees to restore the Grondines Swamp in Quebec.

CVs in Musquash Estuary, NB (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers cleaned up Musquash Estuary in NB.

Conservation Volunteers roll up wire for removal from an NCC property, AB (Photo by NCC)

Planted thousands of trees along the Nova Scotia provincial border.

CVs beach cleanup in Sandy Point, NL (Photo by NCC)

CVs collected 1,400 pounds of debris at Sandy Point, NL.

CV cleaning up Sandy Point beach in NL (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers planted 1,850 trees to help stabilize river banks along the Grand Codroy River in NL.

Volunteer picking up tires off the coast of the Percival River (Photo by Sean Landsman)

Volunteers cleaned up the Percival River watershed in PEI!


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