The Nature Conservancy of Canada's first project in Ontario was the conservation of Cavan Swamp in 1969, a type of wetland supporting numerous orchid species, muskrat, beaver and waterfowl. NCC now owns and manages more than 200 properties across Ontario, protecting more than 67,000 acres (27,000 hectares) of this province's most ecologically significant land and water. Today, the Ontario Region continues to work with our partners to conserve Ontario's natural heritage.
Artist Spotlight on Aleta Karstad
Artist Aleta Karstad and her biologist husband, Fred Schueler, have visited, painted and surveyed the Frontenac Arch during their two-week excursion in September. NCC talks with Aleta about this pilot project.
Legacy of love
Many fathers instill in their children a love of sports. Clarence Smith instilled a love of nature in his five daughters. Before his passing in October 2011 at the tree-like age of 104, Clarence Smith was an active naturalist who owned natural habitat adjacent to Minesing Wetlands. Smith owned 180 acres (73 hectares) of significant natural habitat next to the 10,000-acre (4,046-hectare) wetland located west of Barrie and north of County Road 90. To honour Clarence Smith’s legacy and pay tribute to his environmental vision, his five daughters donated his land.
A conservation assessment for Lake Superior
There is an almost unfathomable amount of freshwater in Lake Superior. With more water than all the other Great Lakes combined and 10 percent of all the Earth’s surface freshwater, its volume could cover our entire continent under one foot of water. It is also a lake of extraordinary biodiversity.
Interns and Conservation Volunteers endure dark, rainy skies in favour of the forest
Mother Nature forgot to consider that interns and volunteers planned to pull up invasive garlic mustard near Port Severn, Ontario on May 10th, but grey and rainy skies didn't stop anyone.
NCC biologists grapple with garlic mustard
Today marks my first field trip with the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a communications intern. We’re on our way to the Happy Valley Forest just north of Toronto, where invasive garlic mustard is coming into bloom.
A tale of turtle rescue
For one Blanding's turtle, the arrival of conservation biolgist Jennifer McCarter was a saving grace. While the mother turtle could not be saved, her eggs were. Read this amazing tale of a very special turtle rescue.
Welcoming artist in residence Aleta Karstad and accomplished naturalist Fred Schueler to the Frontenac Arch
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is welcoming Aleta Karstad and Fred Schueler to the Frontenac Arch this year. While Fred conducts biological inventories on site, Aleta will be capturing the raw beauty of the Frontenac Arch in her paintings. Meet these explorers.
Celebrate 50 years with NCC and feathered friends on April 25th
Celebrate 50 years of conservation with us on April 25th at the London Central Library. Enjoy some cake and find out about the amazing places where we’re working and that you can visit.
Helping a rare species
Five years ago on an excursion in the Minesing Wetlands, one of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC) Conservation Volunteers, Chris Evans, made the discovery of a lifetime. Evans observed an unusual dragonfly later identified as a Hine's emerald — the only dragonfly protected by the federal Endangered Species Act in the U.S. and a species not previously documented in Canada.
How did you get that super-cool job?
Behind the scenes at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, there are a great variety of jobs that contribute to conservation. One of the oft forgotten but critical functions is GIS. Meet Gary White!
Located northeast of Lake Simcoe, the Carden Alvar Natural Area is an outstanding example of globally threatened alvar habitat combining alvar grasslands, shrublands, forests and wetlands and is critical to the survival of globally rare communities and the endangered eastern loggerhead shrike.
Rice Lake Plains Natural Area
The Rice Lake Plains, one of the most intriguing areas on the Oak Ridges Moraine, is an area of roughly 100,000 acres (40,470 hectares) located at the eastern end of the moraine, southeast of Peterborough
Frontenac Arch Natural Area
The Frontenac Arch, also called the Frontenac Axis, is a 50-kilometre-long extension of exposed Precambrian rock that runs through southeastern Ontario and upstate New York from Westport, north of Kingston, to the Thousand Islands.
Northwestern Lake Superior Coast Natural Area
The northwestern shores of Lake Superior are a unique landscape and a key area for Great Lakes biodiversity as well as part of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
Western Lake Erie Islands Natural Area
The nine Canadian islands in Lake Erie support incredibly diverse natural features and an unusually high density of Ontario's rare species
Manitoulin Island Archipelago Natural Area
The Manitoulin Island Archipelago Natural Area is globally significant for its undeveloped Great Lakes shorelines and rare habitats, which support several species at risk, such as lakeside daisy and Hill's thistle.
Happy Valley Forest
The Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining intact upland deciduous forest on Canada's Oak Ridges Moraine.
Minesing Wetlands, located 20 kilometres west of Barrie, is recognized as an Internationally Significant Ramsar wetland, a Provincially Significant Wetland and a Provincially Significant Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest.
Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area
The Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area is part of the Eastern Great Lakes Lowland Forests region, which occurs as a narrow band stretching from the central shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, across the north shore of Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River corridor into Quebec and northern New York State.
Backus Woods and the Weston Family Trail
In 2010, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), with the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, successfully conserved Backus Woods, a spectacular older-growth Carolinian forest.
Scheck Nature Reserve
The Scheck Nature Reserve near Newburgh, Ontario spans more than 175 acres (70 hectares) of globally rare habitat that is of critical importance for the endangered eastern loggerhead shrike, an unusual songbird dependent on open grasslands.
In 2008, the Nature Conservancy of Canada protected 1,100 acres (445 hectares) on the Frontenac Arch: the Elbow Lake project. The land is in the very heart of one of the critical acquisition zones identified in the Frontenac Arch Natural Area Conservation Plan.
North Bear Alvar
Situated just east of Orillia in central Ontario, North Bear Alvar is a 787-acre (318-hectare) expanse of globally rare alvar habitat and an important part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's growing network of conservation lands on the Carden Alvar.
Amazing sand beaches, stunning sunsets and the calming sounds of waves lapping on a forested shoreline: these are just some of the spectacular features of Wilson Island.
Carden Alvar, ON
Menzel Centennial Park, Napanee Plain, ON
Frontenac Arch, ON
Maitland River Valley Natural Area, Ontario