Grassy Place, NL (Photo by Paul Grenier)

Grassy Place, NL (Photo by Paul Grenier)

I got you a polar bear for Christmas

December 16, 2019
St. John's, NL


Protect Canada's species and landscapes through NCC's gift program

As the holiday season approaches, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has a green gift option for the nature lover on your list. Through its Gifts of Canadian Nature program, NCC offers opportunities to symbolically adopt iconic Canadian species and habitats. Over the past 25 years, more than $3 million has been raised through this holiday program to help NCC continue its conservation work across the country.

This year, new species of concern have been added to Gifts of Canadian Nature (GCN): Blanding’s turtle, western bluebird, North American river otter, and a number of birds and mammals, whose endangered populations in Canada were saved thanks to conservation efforts. Other species that can be symbolically adopted include grizzly bear, moose, bald eagle, monarch, polar bear, snowy owl, narwhal, Canada lynx, swift fox, wolverine, wolf, and plains bison.

“A Gift of Canadian Nature is a great way to have a green holiday and share your love of nature with friends and family,” says Kathryn Morse, NCC’s Atlantic director of communications.  “As a bonus, it’s a low-carbon gift that doesn’t involve any trips to the mall!”

Gifts of Canadian Nature recipients will receive a full-colour certificate, a 2020 NCC wall calendar showcasing Canadian landscapes and a booklet about the symbolically adopted species or landscape. Paperless gift options are also available, in which case the recipients will receive an e-certificate.  Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all GCN purchases.

More information can be found at or by calling toll-free 1-800-465-8005.

For the 10th consecutive year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is proud to have earned high marks among the Top 100 Charities in Canada. These results are from independent reviews and were conducted by Macleans (and formerly MoneySense Magazine) in conjunction with Charity Intelligence Canada. Their evaluations of over 700 charities in Canada look at financial audited statements, use of donor dollars, and transparency.

Further information on the 2020 report card can be found here:


  • The Blanding’s turtle is more endangered than the giant panda.
  • The bald eagle is among the largest birds of prey and one of the largest birds in North America. Today, it enjoys a healthy population, but 40 years ago this species faced extinction in some parts of Canada.
  • An iconic symbol of Canada’s north and the official bird of Quebec, the snowy owl is the heaviest of all North American owls, weighing just under three kilograms.
  • Known as the “unicorns of the sea,” narwhals lack a fin on their back and have a spiral tusk that can measure up to three metres long.
  • Two-thirds of the global population of polar bears is found in Canada, but due to climate change their primary habitat is threatened.
  • Canada lynx is often mistaken for its cousin, the bobcat. Its large, furry paws act like snowshoes to help keep it from sinking too deeply in the snow
  • It is estimated that there are less than 1,500 wild, mature plains bison in Canada, and they occupy less than 0.5 per cent of their historic range
  • Canada’s Rocky Mountains are an important linkage in a major continental wildlife corridor that extends from the U.S. to the Yukon.
  • The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world. Its waters and coasts have many species that are not found anywhere else in the world.
  • Temperate grasslands, including Canada’s prairies and parklands, have been identified as the most endangered ecosystem on the planet.
  • The boreal forest stretches across 60 per cent of the country, and Canada’s boreal forests are some of the largest and most intact forests left on Earth.

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Media Contact:

Kathryn Morse
Director of Communications - Atlantic Provinces

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