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NCC Magazine - Spring 2017

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Nature Conservancy of Canada SPRING 2017 Nature Conservancy of Canada 36 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 400 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4R 1A1 magazine@natureconservancy.ca Phone: 416.932.3202 Toll-free: 800.465.0029 The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine is distributed to donors and supporters of NCC. TM Trademarks owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. FSC is not responsible for any calculations on saving resources by choosing this paper. Printed on Rolland Opaque paper, which contains 30% post-consumer fibre, is EcoLogo, Processed Chlorine Free certified and manufactured in Canada by Rolland using biogas energy. Printed in Canada with vegetable-based inks by Warrens Waterless Printing. This publication saved 29 trees and 104,292 litres of water*. Design by Evermaven. COVER Danielle Robertson, Port Joli, Nova Scotia Photo by Aaron McKenzie Fraser. THIS PAGE Pointe Saint-Pierre, Quebec Photo by Mike Dembeck. TKTKTKTKTKTKT GENERATED BY: CALCULATEUR.ROLLANDINC.COM * 2 SPRING 2017 natureconservancy.ca

Contents Nature Conservancy of Canada SPRING 2017 TKTKTKTKTKTKT L-R, TOP TO BOTTOM: AARON MCKENZIE FRASER. SCOUTS CANADA. NCC. Hope and optimism Conservation is an effort of hope and optimism in the face of what can seem like unsurmountable obstacles. But just as the flap of a butterfly’s wings can have a large effect, so too can the actions of a single person buoyed by hope and optimism lead to great things. In the early sixties, J. Bruce Falls, a young zoology professor at the University of Toronto, was one of a small group of hopeful optimists who founded the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). “We were seeing that many of the areas that we were interested in…were disappearing or being degraded,” said Falls in an interview a few years ago. “We thought, we’d better do something about it.” This past December, Falls’s contributions to Canadian conservation were recognized when he was named a member of the Order of Canada — a true testament to the impact of his hopeful vision more than 50 years ago. NCC’s president and CEO, John Lounds, was also recently recognized with the Museum of Nature’s 2016 Nature Inspiration Award. Lounds has guided NCC since 1997. His vision of NCC as a national conservation organization with offices in all 10 provinces has defined the scope of our work, and helped NCC evolve into Canada’s leading land conservation charity. We congratulate him and Bruce Falls on their recent awards. In the pages that follow, you’ll read stories about other hopeful, optimistic individuals, without whom NCC’s conservation achievements would not be possible. People like Danielle Robertson and Dirk van Loon, who believe in the importance of protecting the lands on which they live. We celebrate them, and we thank you for all you do to support our shared vision for a natural Canada. CBT Christine Beevis Trickett, Managing Editor 8 7 14 14 Small Acts of Conservation Five ways you can help nature in your backyard or on your balcony 16 Yellow Quill Prairie Preserve This grassland property in Manitoba bears traces of an ancient trade route 17 Scouts Canada Backpack Essentials National youth commissioner Caitlin Piton’s backpack must-haves1 18 Feature Story: Coastal Roots Conservation in Port Joli, Nova Scotia, begins with the community 12 Eel-grass This member of the seagrass family is declining in many parts of its range 14 Project Updates Four ways NCC staff are collaborating with ranchers and farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. 16 Richard Ivey: Family Values The Ivey family’s leadership has inspired conservation across Canada 18 Remembering Stuart McLean A special story about one of NCC’s conservation projects, à la Vinyl Cafe natureconservancy.ca SPRING 2017 3