Small Acts of Conservation

Small Acts of Conservation

Small Acts of Conservation

Be for the birds

Every year, billions of songbirds make the journey to Canada for one simple reason: the explosion of life that happens in our northern spring makes it a great place to raise a family.

How you can help

Support migratory birds along their journey by creating pit stops on your property.

1. Plant clusters of native shrubs or trees to provide habitat for birds.

2. Build a bird feeder.

3. Contribute to citizen science by using eBird (an app) to record your observations of migratory birds that visit your property.

What NCC is doing

Across Canada, NCC staff inventory the plants and animals on our properties and remove any invasive species, along with the help of our Conservation Volunteers. By doing so, we’re improving habitats for native plants and animals.

Be batty

Bats may be commonly associated with a superhero, but these oftenmisunderstood mammals are facing many threats, including habitat loss and a fast-spreading fungal disease called white-nose syndrome.

How you can help

Shine the bat signal and do your part to help Canada’s declining bat populations.

1. Build and install a bat box.

2. Become a bat watcher by converting your smartphone into a bat detector.

3. If you have to remove bats from your house, use humane practices and keep them from re-entering your home by sealing any openings where they can get in, such as chimneys and between shingles.

What NCC is doing

NCC is protecting habitat for bats across Canada. We are also monitoring bat populations on our properties, and working with the Toronto Zoo on their Native Bat Conservation Program.

Soak it all in

The health of Canada’s waters is key to our well-being. Preventing water pollution and reducing water runoff can greatly benefit nature and improve the quality of our environment.

How you can help

Improve the health of our lakes, rivers and streams.

1. Reduce water runoff from your property by installing rain barrels and directing water into your gardens, or using porous surfaces for walkways, patios and driveways.

2. Avoid the use of pesticides and fertilizers on your lawn, and pick up pet waste, as it can pollute local waterbodies.

3. Learn about where your water comes from.

What NCC is doing

With your support, NCC has protected freshwater habitats across the country for the benefit of wildlife and people for close to 60 years. We are also restoring wetlands, forests and grasslands, which help filter and store water.

Power to pollinators

Native bees, butterflies and other pollinators help many of the plants around us thrive, and there’s plenty we can do to support their important work.

How you can help

Make your yard a sanctuary for Canada’s native pollinators.

1. Learn about native plant gardening and grow plants on your own to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

2. Create spaces in your yard for native bees to nest and overwinter by leaving dead tree branches and having open areas of soil in your garden.

3. Build a bee hotel.

What NCC is doing

In addition to protecting habitat, NCC is leading some of Canada’s most ambitious ecosystem restoration projects and creating new habitat for pollinators. Some of Canada’s most endangered butterflies and bumble bees can be found on NCC properties.

This story originally appeared in the spring 2021 issue of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine. To learn more about how you can receive the magazine, click here.

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