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Spring 2018 Go Wild Winners

Calgary, Alta., Miistakis Institute for the Rockies Inc. - Pronghorn Xing: putting science into action to facilitate wildlife movements in Alberta and Saskatchewan
To help wildlife such as pronghorn cross highways safely, community members in Alberta and Saskatchewan will document intersections between animal crossings and human highways. These citizen observations will be used to develop mitigation strategies to reduce collisions and improve human and wildlife safety.

Bella Bella, B.C., Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society - Indigenous food sovereignty and community resilience
Flourishing gardens will not only improve food security, but empower people to take their health and the health of their territory into their own hands. The project is a key part of cultural revitalization efforts, instilling Heiltsuk values in the next generation of environmental stewards whose links to their territory will guide its protection into the future.

Kelowna, B.C., University of British Columbia, Border Free Bees - The Kelowna bee ambassador program
Building on the momentum of their Go Wild funded nectar trail, the Border Free Bees project will extend beyond the limits of the defined trail to knit together a wider community of Bee Ambassadors, each planting patches of native plant habitat – and persuading others to do the same. Together, they will create new corridors for bees and other pollinators in Kelowna.

Winnipeg, Man., Nature Manitoba - Manitoba Important Bird Areas Oak Lake and Plum Lakes community outreach program
The threatened Loggerhead Shrike, Sprague’s Pipit and Baird’s Sparrow, as well as migrating Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes and breeding Franklin’s Gulls are a few of the birds that call Manitoba’s grasslands and wetlands home. Working with both indigenous and non-indigenous communities, Nature Manitoba will establish an engaged network of volunteers caring for the area and taking part in citizen science bird monitoring at the Oak Lake and Plum Lakes Important Bird Areas.

Winnipeg, Man., The Fort Whyte Foundation Inc. - The solar power pollinator project
The land beneath a 60-kilowatt solar array at FortWhyte Alive will be restored to native tallgrass prairie plants and grasses, helping to create important habitat for bees and other pollinators. It will also contribute to the production of honey at a beehive operation and social enterprise employment program at FortWhyte Farms.

Annapolis Royal, NS., Clean Annapolis River Project - Annapolis River Changemakers
Wood turtle surveys and nest protection, rain garden construction, coastal cleanups, water quality monitoring and a celebratory event on World Fish Migration Day are some of the opportunities the Annapolis River Changemakers are creating to connect people to nature and address the environmental threats in their community.

St. John’s, Nfld., Northeast Avalon ACAP - Bringing the Community to Lundrigan’s Marsh
The Lundrigan’s Marsh wetland, while vital bird habitat, is underappreciated and underused. This project will engage the community and local businesses to show the marsh some love, including cleaning the shoreline and planting native species. Not only will volunteers help beautify the natural space, they’ll create new habitat for pollinators in a protected area that’s surrounded by development.

Cambridge, Ont., rare Charitable Research Reserve - Native plant propagation program (NP3)
Through hands-on experience, people will learn about the importance of biodiversity, ethical native plant propagation and invasive species removal. The seeds collected will be germinated in trays and planted in local restoration areas.

Hamilton, Ont., Green Venture - Century street rain-gers
The Rain-gers project will transform an urban lot into a natural space with a demonstration native plant garden for the community to enjoy and learn more about small-scale strategies to manage local flooding.

Toronto, Ont., Green Thumbs Growing Kids - Native trees for wild pollinators
Children and youth living in high-density urban neighbourhoods will plant and care for pollinator-supporting native trees, learning their Ojibwemowin names, their place in the ecosystem and how the trees were traditionally used in the Anishnaabe traditions.

Toronto, Ont., Ontario Nature - Our special spaces 2018
In the spring, Ontario Nature’s Youth Council will hold community pollinator planting events in Scarborough, Peterborough and Newmarket to engage community members of all ages in creating important bee and butterfly habitat.

Kingston, Ont., Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour – Turtle alert: citizen actions to protect turtles and learn about indigenous culture
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour will raise awareness about the fragility of at-risk turtle species that breed and lay eggs in the harbour, including introducing urban park visitors to the important role of turtles in indigenous culture at events.

Ottawa, Ont., Ecology Ottawa - Trees for the future
Emerald Ash Borer is putting 25 per cent of Ottawa’s tree canopy at risk. To help restore it, Ecology Ottawa will distribute 10,000 local native tree saplings to landowners and work with them to ensure the trees thrive, and while doing so, raise awareness about the value of urban green spaces and the community’s role in restoring habitat.

Stratford, PE., Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group - What's all the buzz? Bringing back the bees
The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group is creating a 'pocket' pollinator garden in the Town of Stratford, a rapidly developing urban area that is losing much of its natural habitat. The garden will provide native bees with a stable food supply  throughout their annual feeding cycle.

Châteauguay, Que., Héritage Saint-Bernard – Helping barn swallows
Héritage Saint-Bernard will work with children and the community to help stop the decline of Quebec’s threatened swallow population by constructing, installing and monitoring nesting structures, and creating a work of art as part of Earth Day 2018 celebrations.

Summer 2017 Go Wild Winners

Medicine Hat, Alta., Society of Grasslands Naturalists – Who’s your neighbour?
Society of Grassland Naturalists will encourage people to get outside and meet their neighbours – human and wild. Connect with nature though picnics, public gatherings and exploratory walks to identify native plants, animals and invasive species.
 
Tofield, Alta., Beaverhill Bird Observatory – Youth enhancing owl habitat
The Beaverhill Bird Observatory will double the number of owl nesting boxes in a recognized Important Bird Area (IBA). The project will also restore breeding habitat while teaching students about bird conservation and owl nesting ecology.
 
Sidney, B.C., Rainforest Conservation Foundation – Salish Sea Stewards
A multi-day journey onboard a 68-foot mobile classroom will connect First Nations and at-risk youth with the unique wildlife and ecosystems of the Salish Sea – from rainforest and intertidal zones to salmon streams and critical killer whale habitat. With guidance from traditional ecological knowledge holders and conservation scientists, youth will explore conservation issues and how they can steward their local environment.
 
Victoria, B.C., Green Teams of Canada – Hands on education and restoration for youth in Greater Victoria
Green Teams of Canada will provide opportunities for Victoria area residents to learn about environmental issues and get their hands dirty in a group setting and by restoring habitat. In addition to caring for green spaces, the project aims to improve mental well-being and increase self-esteem by connecting people to nature and each other.
 
Saint John, N.B., ACAP Saint John Inc. - Revitalizing urban spaces
ACAP will create pockets of “wild” experiences in New Brunswick’s most urban areas that not only connect people to nature but offer sustainable solutions, such as transforming vacant lots into wildflower gardens, tree stands and urban wetlands. With input from the community members and neighbourhood organizations, ACAP is helping to collaboratively envision a more sustainable world.
 
Hamilton, Ont., Hamilton Naturalists’ Club – Building Hamilton’s pollinator corridor
Community members from Hamilton’s North End will create pollinator habitat on a 1 km stretch of public land, helping to grow the city’s pollinator corridor. Participants will learn more about threats to pollinators, receive a pollinator kit to begin growing pollinator-friendly plants and tour local pollinator habitats with experts.
 
Midland, Ont., Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA)– Community Environmental Monitoring Kit
Through the creation of a Community Environmental Monitoring Kit (CEM Kit), SSEA will empower Severn Sound community groups to take an active role in monitoring and protecting their local watershed. The kit will include loggers and handheld meters to measure temperature, pH and conductivity – providing valuable, high quality freshwater health data.
 
Niagara Falls, Ont., Heartland Forest Nature Experience – Wet meadow pollination project
As forests make way for urban growth, natural areas in the Niagara region are critical to meeting the habitat needs of local wildlife. By restoring a 25-acre wet meadow and successional field, the project aims to increase populations of wild pollinators and targeted species at risk.
 
Toronto, Ont., Park People – Growing a piece of park in your backyard
Park People will work with communities and park groups to improve habitat connectivity between parks and private green spaces by encouraging residents to grow native plants in their backyards.
 
Charlottetown, PE, Island Nature Trust – Monitoring ruby-throated hummingbirds
Across Prince Edward Island, citizen scientists will gather data on the province’s hummingbird population, migration patterns and breeding events. Volunteers will be trained in monitoring techniques and attract hummingbirds to their property for observation with backyard feeders and native plants.
 
Lavel, Que., Twin Oaks School – Bee nice to worms
The Bee Nice to Worms project will teach students about the interconnectivity of nature by showing how the healthy soil created by worms supports other insects and, in turn, people. To encourage hands-on learning, Twin Oaks School will have a bee hive, wildflower and vegetable garden as well as miniature worm bins in classrooms.
 
Quebec City, Que., Groupe d'éducation et d'écosurveillance de l'eaup - Youth in action to protect wetlands at the Beauport Outdoors Center
This project will educate visitors to the Beauport Outdoors Center about the conservation of wetlands, including fen, peat bog, swamp, and shallow water. 

Go Wild Winter 2017 Winners

Kelowna, B.C., Border Free Bees – Kelowna Nectar Trail
Community members will develop a 7.4 kilometre route of pollinator-friendly gardens from Summerhill Organic Winery to the Okanagan UNH20 Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at the H20 recreation Centre.

Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre – Whale Trail BC
Five informational panels across the south coast of British Columbia will engage the public in spotting cetaceans and teach them how to become better marine stewards. Residents can contribute directly to citizen science by reporting their sighting via Vancouver Aquarium's WhaleReport app.

Vancouver, B.C., VanDusen Botanical Garden Association – Connecting Disadvantaged Urban Youth with Nature
An immersive, hands-on learning experience at VanDusen's 55-acre outdoor classroom will bring curriculum-linked programs about ecology to life in a way children can see, smell, hear and feel.

Saint John, N.B., ACAP Saint John Inc. – Nurturing Ecologies: Growing Trees Alongside Neighbourhoods in Urban New Brunswick
Urban tree nurseries and environmental education centres will help educate youth about the benefits of trees to their health and rejuvenate marginalized communities. Native trees grown through this project will be used in other ecological restoration projects across southern N.B.

Hamilton, Ont., Hamilton Conservation Foundation – Christie Lake Fish Habitat Restoration Project
Riparian wetland and fish habitat will be restored by planting native vegetation around the natural stream, helping to increase the number of fish species, improve water quality, open access to upstream waters, reduce water temperatures and enhance spawning and nursery habitat.

Huron-Kinloss, Ont., Pine River Watershed Initiative Network (PRWIN) – 4H Tree Planting Day
To improve the quality of water in local creeks, rivers and lakes, PRWIN is hosting a tree-planting day for the children that will bring the community together to learn and protect the natural environment.
 
Grey County, Ont., Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy – Preserving Biodiversity Series (PBS)
To celebrate 20 years of conservation, the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy will host a preserving biodiversity series to promote nature stewardship. Workshops will teach community members how to monitor species at risk populations, restore and create wildlife habitat and identify invasive species.

Toronto, Ont., The Storefront Arts Initiative – DIVINE
How can society survive without water? DIVINE, a new Canadian play, takes the audience on a journey to a post-apocalyptic Ontario where battles are waged over the last dregs of undergound water in an effort to raise awareness for freshwater conservation.

Arborfield, Sask., Carrot River Valley Watershed Association – Engaging Youth in Community Source Water Protection
Youth will learn about how to protect water resources and watersheds, including how to identify water issues in their rural community and develop solutions to mitigate those risks.

Yorkton, Sask., Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc. – Help for our Feathered Friends, Yorkton Project
The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association will partner with two local Scouts groups to construct and install seven hen houses that will provide important nesting habitat for female Mallard ducks.

Baie du Trou-à-Barbotte, Que., Bassin Versant Saint-Maurice – Bats in Danger!
Primary school students will help local bat populations affected by white-nosed syndrome by building and installing bat houses and learning about bat conservation.

Montreal, Que., Myriam Verzat – Connecting with Nature
A series of workshops invite residents to leave their homes and meet their neighbors through the exploration of local biodiversity. Each workshop will spark discussion and provide inspiration for artistic collaboration.
 

Go Wild Summer 2016 Winners

Medicine Hat, Alta., Society of Grasslands Naturalists-Interpretive Program – Go Wild Treasure Hunt
Geocaches will connect the public, community groups and schools with species, plants and wild spaces in the Prairies to raise awareness for their protection and restoration.

Grimsby, Ont., Grimsby Public Library/Grimsby Public Art Gallery - Back to Nature
A family-friendly program will help community members preserve and enjoy nature around them with discussions of green roofs, pollinator gardens, nature-based photography and more.

Toronto, Ont., EcoSpark – Community Spotlight on Water & Celebrating City of Toronto ravines!
A special celebration of Toronto’s ravines and watersheds, including a hands-on day of getting your feet wet while learning how to prevent stormwater pollution.

Toronto, Ont., Montcrest School/The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario – Sing a Song!
Students will design birdhouses to restore habitat for species of songbirds in the Riverdale Park-Don Valley area.

Toronto, Ont., Fred Victor – Roots & Shoots
Committed to ending chronic homelessness, this project will help individuals rebuild skills and confidence, establish new friendships and improve their diets through gardening and time spent in nature.

Port Rowan, Ont., Long Point Basin Land Trust – Nurturing Nature in the Neighbourhood
This project will protect and restore local biodiversity by engaging the community in activities like seed collection and backyard restoration to bring native plants back to their neighbourhood.
 
Niagara Falls, Ont., Heartland Forest Nature Experience – Habitat Creation & Dragonfly Migration
This citizen science project will enable community members to help monitor the spring and fall movements of dragonflies and damselflies.

North Sydney, N.S., Clifford Street Youth Centre Society – Hugs for Nature-Making Little Footprints Count
Youth will take positive action for the environment through activities like cleanups and protecting ecosystems. At the end of the project, participants will create photographic essays showcasing what they’ve learned, which will be transformed into colouring books and shared with the community.

Gabarus, N.S., The Gull Cove Trail Society – The Gull Cove Trail Restoration
Five kilometres of coastline trail through a protected wilderness area will be restored. Afterward, guided walks by local experts will showcase the abundance of rare plants, seabirds and other wildlife to educate visitors about the natural heritage of this area.

Crapaud, P.E.I., South Shore Watershed Association – Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Project
Enhancing a river wildlife habitat by constructing floating fish covers, creating a pollinator garden for monarch butterflies and planting native trees and shrubs. Once completed, this area will serve as a community meeting place and field trip destination for the local elementary school.

Lumsden, Nfld., Lumsden Academy/Town of Lumsden – Standing Dead Wood Bird Habitat Restoration
In an area where historical bird habitat was devastated by forest fire, nest boxes for cavity nesting birds will be built and installed to provide alternative habitat to discourage them from boring into the telephone and hydro-electric poles.

Tillsonburg, Ont., Stewardship Oxford – Butterfly Habitat Rehabilitation Project
Within the Carolinian Zone, which is home to one-third of Canada’s species at risk, this project will establish five monarch-friendly habitats in public areas, schools and backyards.

Kagawong, Ont., 4elements Living Arts – Elemental Festival
A three-day celebration of the Kagawong River during the annual salmon run will connect hundreds of local residents with nature through guided walks, panel discussions, workshops and art.

Chilliwack, B.C., The Water Wealth Project – Caring for our Home Waters
As dry weather becomes more common throughout the summer and fall months, WaterWealth will conduct streamkeeping activities, including monitoring and mapping of water levels, to help identify the best ways to support fish stocks and other aquatic life.

Caledon, Ont., Caledon Public Library – Bird’s Eye View
Binoculars, local conservation area passes and bird books will be made available to kids and adults so they can get a closer look at birds and other wildlife in their community. Bird puppets and toys will also be incorporated into reading programs to nurture curiosity for wildlife.

Hamilton, Ont., Mohawk College – Rooftop Pollinator Garden
A dedicated pollinator-friendly, rooftop garden will support a healthy bee population, encourage community food production and create teaching and learning opportunities for students.

Parry Sound, Ont., Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf – Butterflies at Camp Workbee!
Deaf and hard of hearing children will learn about the importance of pollinators and contribute to making their camp a special haven for these creatures by planting flowers and milkweed along marshy areas and gardens.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Destination North Discovery Group – Northern Community Pollinator Project
An interactive pollinator garden and guided tours will help make Sault Ste. Marie a pollinator haven while encouraging patrons to create their own patches at home.

Stratford, P.E.I., Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group– Building Better Backyards for Bees and Butterflies
An educational campaign will have residents construct habitat for bees and butterflies in their backyards and other natural spaces. Participants will receive seed packages with plant species known for attracting pollinators.

Montreal, Que., Biquette à Montréal – Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine
An urban pasture in downtown Montreal will be created with a small flock of lambs on loan from a local farm as an alternative and environmentally friendly way to help maintain the green areas of the city. Public workshops and activities on urban agriculture and eco-grazing will help bring people closer to nature in the city.

Quebec, Que., Groupe d’éducation et d’écosurveillance de l’eau - Taking Action for the Health of Rivers
This project will link Quebec youth with the scientific community to learn about river health by contributing to a water health database that will be used to identify problems and water solutions, and thereby help protect local waterways.

Spring 2016 Go Wild grant recipients

Richmond, B.C., McNair Secondary — Eco-Marlins Rookery Project
The restoration of nesting habitats through community backyard habitat workshops and the installation of 150 bird and bat homes.

Petty Harbour, Nfld., Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium — Marine Discovery Lab and Coast-to-Coast Classroom Program
A coast-to-coast marine touch-tank discovery lab will connect and teach students in British Columbia and Newfoundland classrooms about marine life and sustainability solutions.

Annapolis Royal, N.S., Clean Annapolis River Project — Youth Leading Environmental Change
Hands-on education of rural youth on how to monitor species at risk and the restoration of degraded aquatic habitats. Youth will lead the project as environmental ambassadors.

Dartmouth, N.S., Christine Ward-Page, Maynard Lake — Give it a chance!
SPainting storm drains and installing educational signs will help Maynard Lake, the dumping grounds for paint cans and garbage, to thrive. The impact will be celebrated with a nature event and supported through weekly lake monitoring.

Capreol, Ont., Wahnapitae First Nation — Build-A-Bat-House program
With the decline in bat populations on the reserve, community awareness and action will be created for three endangered bat species through build-a-bat-house day and education to help in community reporting for a longitudinal study.

Peterborough, Ont., Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre — Returning baby turtles to the wild program
Treating over 800 turtles each year, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre will celebrate and educate the public while inviting everyone to join as they release the turtles at two locations.
 
Toronto, Shoresh Jewish Environmental Program — Bela Farm Bee Sanctuary
Across 20 acres, this Toronto bee sanctuary will help to restore Ontario’s native pollinator populations with the public planting of over two million native plants over a three-year period.

Sainte-Flavie, Que., Parc de la rivière Mitis — Awareness and nature restoration program
The project will carry out an inventory of River Mitis Park and Mitis Bay species with the help of the community.

Ville-Marie, Que., Organisme de bassin versant du Témiscamingue — Adopt a River activity
After adopting a local river, youth will get outside and hands-on by studying the fish community. These activities will allow kids to reconnect to nature and foster even more desire to protect it.

Regina, Sask., Wascana Centre Authority — Wascana Centre’s Pollinator Paradise
Creation of native prairie pollinator garden and educational materials, welcoming public and school nature walks.

Lillooet, B.C., St'át'imc Government Services – Citizen Science Collects Backcountry Recreation Use Data
Citizen scientists will map out human recreational spots to improve planning to help reduce conflicts with threatened grizzly bears.

Go Wild pilot recipients

In North Sydney, NS, the Clifford Street Youth Centre developed an Earth Superhero Squad that engaged youth in connecting their community to environmental issues and solutions to protect nature.

In Laval, QC, the organization Fleurs sauvages du Quebec et Eco-Nature hosted a community-wide Bioblitz (a concentrated period of biological surveying to record all species in an area) and tracked and monitored native species.

In Ingersoll, ON, the Ingersoll Public Library encouraged pollinator plants in the community through a guerilla gardening initiative.

Dartmouth, N.S., Christine Ward-Page, Maynard Lake — Give it a chance!
SPainting storm drains and installing educational signs will help Maynard Lake, the dumping grounds for paint cans and garbage, to thrive. The impact will be celebrated with a nature event and supported through weekly lake monitoring.

Capreol, Ont., Wahnapitae First Nation — Build-A-Bat-House program
With the decline in bat populations on the reserve, community awareness and action will be created for three endangered bat species through build-a-bat-house day and education to help in community reporting for a longitudinal study.

Peterborough, Ont., Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre — Returning baby turtles to the wild program
Treating over 800 turtles each year, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre will celebrate and educate the public while inviting everyone to join as they release the turtles at two locations.