Letter from the editor

Christine Beevis Trickett (Photo by NCC)

Christine Beevis Trickett (Photo by NCC)

Dear Friend,

If you’re reading this magazine, there’s a strong chance that you already feel quite connected to nature. You might have a favourite neighbourhood tree, spend most weekends outdoors and consider hiking boots a fashion accessory.

But a recent survey, released by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs, reveals a growing disconnect between Canadians and nature. Canadians say they feel happier, healthier and more productive when they are connected to nature. Yet you might be surprised to find out that 74 per cent say that it is simply easier to spend time indoors and 66 per cent say they spend less time in nature today than in their youth.

That’s why this summer, NCC is offering you a number of ways to strengthen your connection to nature. Our Nature Score program launches this month. It offers you the opportunity to test your level of connectedness with nature. You’ll then be matched up with a Nature Coach, who’ll send you weekly tips to help improve your score.

Our feature story is about the many ways that technology can help connect you with nature and conservation through citizen science apps such as iNaturalist or eBird. Once you download the apps, why not document the species you encounter when you visit one of our close to 40 Nature Destinations across the country, and upload your observations? Nature Destinations have been specially chosen to offer you memorable experiences in some of Canada’s most stunning landscapes, such as the unique Nodwell Property in Alberta’s Badlands.

As always, thank you for your support of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. No matter how you choose to connect with nature, I hope your summer is filled with memorable experiences and adventures.

Christine Beevis Trickett, Director, Editorial Services

This story first appeared in the summer 2019 issue of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine. Donors who contribute at least $25 or more per year will receive four issues of the magazine. Click here to donate today and start receiving the magazine.

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