NatureTalks Presents... Life in Freshwater Country: Status, trends and conservation needs of Canada's lakes, rivers and wetlands. Sponsored by OLG.

NatureTalks Presents... Life in Freshwater Country: Status, trends and conservation needs of Canada's lakes, rivers and wetlands. Sponsored by OLG.

Canada’s aquatic wildlife more endangered than pandas

August 24, 2017
Elgin, ON


Nature Conservancy of Canada to host talk on the state of fresh water. Support for the series being provided by OLG

Canada’s aquatic life is being threatened. Over 80 species of freshwater fish are at risk. Thirteen of these species are more endangered than the panda, and six are already extinct. One reason for this is loss of freshwater habitat.

Canada has more fresh water than almost any other country. For those living along lakes in Ontario, it is easy to think that Canada’s fresh water is plentiful. Yet, despite this abundance, some parts of Canada are faced with water quality and water security issues that impact the health of ecosystems, aquatic species and our quality of life.

On Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m., the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will present a special NatureTalks presentation, generously supported by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), on the health and conservation of Canada’s freshwater resources. 

Dan Kraus, senior conservation biologist with NCC, will lead a talk titled “Life in Freshwater Country: Status, trends and conservation needs of Canada's lakes, rivers and wetlands” at the newly renovated Opinicon Resort.

Using maps and visuals that highlight the biodiversity and issues in our aquatic systems, Kraus will share global, national and provincial perspectives on Canada's fresh water, and what we all must do to protect and conserve our most essential natural resource.

Following his presentation, Gary Bell, NCC’s eastern Ontario program director, will speak about NCC’s conservation efforts in eastern Ontario, focusing on wetlands and watershed conservation work across the Frontenac Arch. NCC has been key in helping conserve Canada’s freshwater resources across Canada. The non-profit organization has protected 1,755 kilometres of lakeshore, including 437 kilometres of Great Lakes coast alone.

The public is invited to attend the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page. For those unable to attend, NCC will be hosting a special Facebook Live session prior to the talk, where Dan will answer freshwater conservation questions from the online audience. Visit NCC’s Facebook Page for more details.

The NatureTalks speaker series is about building connections to nature and each other. Through this series, NCC shares stories of conservation to inspire and motivate others to be champions for nature. Several NatureTalks events are scheduled to take place across Ontario thanks to OLG’s generosity. 


“Fresh water seems abundant to many people living in Ontario, but these places of lakes and rivers are a rare and unique landscape, from a global perspective. This freshwater geography is critical for conservation and our well-being, and is a key part of our Canadian identity.”
Dan Kraus, Senior Conservation Biologist, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“As part of our Sustainability (Bet on Green) Program, we are pleased to continue supporting the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s conservation efforts, this time through their NatureTalks events. This is an excellent follow-up to our support of last year’s successful Conservation Volunteers events at 10 NCC conservation sites.”
Paul Pellizzari, Executive Director, Policy and Social Responsibility, OLG


  • Eight out of 10 Canadians are very concerned and somewhat concerned about the quality of fresh water in Canada’s lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Almost nine per cent, or 891,163 square kilometres, of Canada's total area is covered by fresh water.
  • There are an estimated two million lakes in Canada, covering approximately eight per cent of Canada's land area — more than any other country in the world.
  • NCC has protected more than 3,100 kilometres of rivers and streams, 145,792 acres (59,000 hectares) of wetlands and 98,842 acres (40,000 hectares) of lakes and ponds. 


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast, with more than 184,000 acres (74,000 hectares) in Ontario.

OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $44 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research. 100 per cent of OLG’s proceeds are invested in Ontario.

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