Celebrating our Conservation Volunteers
Every December 5, on International Volunteer Day, the United Nations recognizes volunteers worldwide for their efforts and celebrates the impact they are making toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals —17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. In celebration of International Volunteer Day, we shine the spotlight on the more than one billion people globally who give of their time in support of their communities and the natural landscapes they call home.
At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), volunteers are on the frontlines of our conservation work. Through our Conservation Volunteers (CV) program, people of all ages and backgrounds join forces to support biodiversity and care for Canada’s natural areas.
This year, we are celebrating the more than 2,600 volunteers who gave their time and joined us in the field to complete hands-on conservation projects. We held almost 200 CV events, ranging from habitat restoration, to land stewardship, to species monitoring.
Volunteers help NCC conservation staff by tacking invasive plant species, planting native seeds and trees, such as willow and dog wood. In 2019, we hosted 115 habitat restorations events across the country! These events restore ecosystems to create healthy habitats for local wildlife.
Land stewardship involves removing unwanted infrastructure, such as barbed-wire fences, and conducting site cleanups, such as along shorelines. We hosted 39 land stewardship events this year, making our properties safer for wildlife as we removed physical barriers and hazardous plastic and debris from our shores.
We are honoured to be able to provide meaningful experiences to our volunteers. As Ontario volunteer Lynn MacKenzie states, “Volunteering with the Nature Conservancy [of Canada] leaves me with a feeling that I have contributed to the preservation of our Earth, even if on a small scale. Participating in events with like-minded volunteers and dedicated staff creates a sense of community, and I always come away feeling more physically fit and more knowledgeable about the area we worked in.”
Everyone at NCC would like to thank each and every Conservation Volunteer for their contribution this year. Whether you came out for a few hours to pull weeds or participated in different types of events throughout the year, we couldn’t have completed these projects without your support!
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