Gifts of Canadian Nature 2012
Gifts of Canadian Nature 2012

Don't be upset, but I bought you a snowy owl

December 4, 2012


Canada's top-ranked environmental charity offers eco-friendly holiday gifts


For those who want to give presents with more meaning this holiday, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) offers gifts with a purpose, and in some cases, feathers. Gifts of Canadian Nature is a charitable gift-giving program that makes the holidays a real hoot - both in your gift-giving and in your own backyard, right here in Ontario. Gifts of Canadian Nature are pledges for habitat protection. Each gift protects critical habitat for native Canadian wildlife, and for you.

At $55 for snowy owl habitat, a beautiful species native to Ontario, nothing proves you’ll owl-ways love this province more than a permanent home for its creatures. Gray fox habitat, another native of southern Ontario, is also available this year for $80, giving your gift-giving a sly but surprising appeal.

Your Gift of Canadian Nature will be accompanied by a personalized certificate for the recipient, and a 2012 NCC calendar. Featuring stunning scenes of conserved lands from across the country, the calendar is a beautiful reminder of the impact of your gift all year long.

Your gift will go far with NCC. Rated the top environmental charity in MoneySense's 2012 Charity 100 listing, NCC received an A+ for its fiscal responsibility – the only environmental charity to do so. When you buy a Gift of Canadian Nature, your money is well spent, and your gift makes a real difference in helping to protect Canada's wild spaces and wild species.

Whether your loved one prefers a fox or an owl, perhaps even a bear or a lynx, there’s a Gift of Canadian Nature for every person on your list this holiday. Visit to order your gifts today. Nothing says 'best gift ever' like a bear!


“We know people want to give gifts that matter, and every year more and more people do,” noted Teva Harrison, Manager, Supporter Development for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Gifts of Canadian Nature are great gifts that actually protect Canadian wildlife habitat. You can have so much fun gifting them: ‘I was going to get you a book but you already have one. Here’s a bear or an owl or a fox instead.’ Who wouldn’t love that?”

“NCC’s Gifts of Canadian Nature program is great because it serves in two ways -- it helps NCC’s work and I get to honour a friend or family member by giving it in their name. I choose people who are interested in wildlife and they know that I give these gifts from the heart.” Russell M. Smith, PEI — NCC Monthly Protector.


About Gifts of Canadian Nature and NCC

  • This year there are six symbolic Gifts of Canadian Nature to choose from (see catalogue).
  • The Gifts of Canadian Nature package, which includes a calendar, is printed in Canada using waterless printing with vegetable-based inks on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper. This printing choice will help save 25 trees and more than 93,325 litres of water.
  • NCC has been running a charitable gift giving program for almost 20 years.
  • Eighty-five percent of all funds raised by NCC go directly to on-the-ground conservation work.
  • For the third year in a row, NCC was the top-ranked environmental charity in MoneySense magazine’s ranking of Canada’s largest charities, receiving an A+ for our fiscal responsibility.

About the Snowy Owl

  • Adult female snowy owls are larger than males with mottled black markings, while the males are almost pure white.
  • The snowy owl is one of the largest owls in North America, and more often than not, the heaviest.
  • While owls are stereotypically viewed as tree nesters, snowy owls actually nest on the ground.

About the Gray Fox

  • The gray fox is a monogamous species, having the same partner for life.
  • The gray fox is the only canine in the western hemisphere that can climb trees.

Media Resources

Gift of Canadian Nature Catalogue: click here to download

High resolution images: click on an image to download the high resolution version; photo credits included in file name and below images.

Caribou (Photo by Daren Colello)Grizzly bear (Photo by Maurizio Bonora)Canada lynx (Photo by June Cairns)GCN grey fox (Photo by John James Henderson)snowy owl (Photo by Chris Moncrieff)One Acre of land in Crowsnest Pass (Photo by Rangeland Conservation Service)

Caribou; photo by Darren Colello. Grizzly Bear; photo by Maurizio Bonora. Canada Lynx; photo by June Cairns. Gray Fox; photo by Moose Henderson. Snowy Owl; photo by Chris Moncrieff. Crowsnest Pass, Alberta; photo by Rangeland Conservation Service.

About the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Now celebrating its 50th year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) 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 2.6 million acres (more than 1 million hectares), coast to coast.

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