12 Days of Christmas Spirit for Mother Nature – Day 3

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It is day 3 of the Spirit of Christmas for Mother Nature posts. Do you want to keep half of Canada’s public land and water wild – forever? Want to make sure that there are species that can live in these protected lands? Then check out CPAWS and Wildlife Preservation Canada. Both of these organizations are working to ensure that future generations can enjoy the natural ecosystems and the animals that can be found within them.

CPAWS – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

The CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) vision is – ”to keep at least half of Canada’s public land and water wild — forever. We focus on protecting large, connected areas of Canada’s wilderness.” Source – CPAWS

This society has been very vocal with regard to the proposed commercial developments in our National Parks.  DYK – that the Parks Canada Mandate clearly states that – On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations. Source – Parks Canada

spray lake reservoir kananaskis
Ariel View of the Spray Lakes Reservoir- Kananaskis. Thank you to Alpine Helicopters, Canmore for the comp ride and the front seat!

I’m glad they are vocal about the proposed developments in our national parks, as I personally feel some development has not always been done with ecological integrity in mind. While other developments and initiatives provide a fantastic opportunity for all people to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage.  The Parks Canada Red Chairs have an interpretive plaque attached to them, which provides information about the area in which they are placed.

CPAWS has been protecting our wildlife in Canada for over 60 years now, conserving nature and putting forth efforts to preserve our wilderness in the face of climate change.

takakkaw falls yoho national park
Photo: Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park.  This is a very easy stroll, on a paved and hard-packed pathway. This is a perfect family-friendly destination as it is ideal for little hikers and strollers. The pathway is also wheelchair-friendly. It is a busy place, get there early for a decent parking spot!

Wildlife Preservation Canada   

Wildlife Preservation Canada is “the only non-governmental organization in Canada involved in captive breeding and release, reintroduction, nest protection, and other beneficial hands-on recovery practices with multiple species in multiple projects across the country.   (They) always work in partnership with other organizations, and in collaboration with expert recovery teams” Source – Wildlife Preservation Canada

Their captive breeding and relocation program has been keeping the Vancouver Island Marmot, Canada’s most endangered mammal, from extinction.  But it takes a lot of money and volunteer hours to do so.

Wildlife Preservation Canada’s goal is to protect as many wildlife species at risk of extinction in Canada as possible. If you’re an avid hiker, you know that our wildlife and ecosystems all balance within each other. It’s important to preserve all species in Canada for a thriving ecosystem.

If you’re considering making a donation in the name of Mother Nature this year for Christmas, these two organizations are a great place to start!

columbian ground squirrels in jasper national park
Giving some love – these young Columbian Ground Squirrels were very active the day that we hiked Wilcox Pass, Jasper National Park.

Happy Hiking!

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