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Today is #GivingTuesday. Nature gives us so much, so why not give back to her. Here is a list of National, Provincial and Local (Calgary, Cochrane and Canmore) Organizations that all support nature.  Please consider donating to any of these organizations.  A little strapped for cash? Volunteer instead.  “Everyone Can Do Something” – Mother Theresa

National Organizations:

Nature Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada

World Wildlife Fund – Canada

David Suzuki Foundation

CPAWS – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Wildlife Preservation Canada 

Regional and Local Organizations:

Cochrane Ecological Institute

Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation

Alberta Institue of Wildlife Conservation

Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society

Friends of Kananaskis Country

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Bow Valley Naturalists


Here are some DIY Ideas to give back in your own backyard:

Make Your Own Bird Feeder

These are great crafts to get young children to help with.  They also make great Christmas Gifts for the Grandparents, Teachers, Babysitters.

Build a Bat House or Condo

DYK – a little brown bat, one of the species we have in Alberta, has been reported to catch and consume 900 tiny insects in one hour (source: Alberta Environment and Parks)

Make a Bee Bath,

Better yet, make two and give one as a gift this Christmas – the only thing the recipient of this gift needs to do is add water!

Leave No Trace

Not just for hiking, but also your neighbourhood. Do something as simple as organizing a “pick up garbage in your neighbourhood” day – do something that will help Mother Nature, and in the process of doing so; you will help create the next generation of environmental stewards.

Happy Hiking!

Bee Bath, Queen of Green

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