The Nature Conservancy of Canada is asking people to symbolically adopt endangered species.
The NCC’s Acting Coordinator of Conservation Biology in Eastern Ontario Megan Quinn says it’s a great option for that person on your Christmas list who has everything. She noted the organization has been running the eco-friendly gift program for 25 years, bringing in $3 million for conservation efforts.
The NCC has been protecting Canada’s lands, waters and the species they sustain since 1962. The organization and its partners have helped to protect 35 million acres, from coast to coast to coast.
Quinn says one species that really needs help in Eastern Ontario is the Blanding’s Turtle, due to significant habitat loss. She noted the Blanding’s Turtle is more endangered than the giant panda.
Other species up for adoption include moose, bald eagle, monarch, polar bear, snowy owl, grizzly bear and narwhal.
Gifts of Canadian Nature start at $40 and recipients will receive a full-colour certificate, calendar and information booklet. For more information, visit their website or contact the NCC directly by calling 1-800-465-8005.
Written by Jennifer Westendorp