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What drives your pride for nature?

Cameron Curran, Special to the Packet & Times

Cameron Curran/Special to the Packet & Times
Bobolink have a bubbly, metallic, rambling song that some people liken to the noise a robot might make.

Cameron Curran/Special to the Packet & Times Bobolink have a bubbly, metallic, rambling song that some people liken to the noise a robot might make.

In Canada, carrying the legacy of nature conservation into the future is often associated with having a strong sense of national pride. Having recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, it's time to reflect on the beauty of nature in your neck of the woods in a bigger effort to celebrate what makes us Canadian.

Looking closely at home for inspiration, the Couchiching-Severn region has several special natural features, stewarded by the Couchiching Conservancy, that vary in terms of landscape, plants and wildlife. The Canadian Shield as well as the Carden Alvar are two landscapes that provide ideal habitat for hundreds of plant and wildlife species. The species richness observed within these habitats provide countless opportunities for all Canadians to enjoy; growing their appreciation and pride for Canadian wild spaces.

Interacting with wildlife is a great way for Canadians in the Couchiching-Severn region to connect with nature at the local level. In the springtime a walk at various properties on the Carden Alvar sparks opportunities to view everything from moose, visiting from the wildlands of the Canadian Shield, to bobolinks boasting their marvelous melodies. These are sounds that connect people to places of intrinsic value, bringing them back in time to the moments that inspired them the most. Taking pride in our landscapes means taking action to protect the health of species.

Not only does protecting natural features such as forests, waterbodies, grasslands and other features contribute to species conservation, it also positively influences human health. Clean water, air and a healthy community are greatly impacted by how we treat the natural environment.

There is value in encouraging people of all ages to visit and appreciate the natural environment. Go for a hike, sit outside and relax, or take to the waters of your favourite lake. Whatever activity you choose to do in nature it's sure to build a sense of connectivity to the landscape and associated natural wonders. Award-winning environmental advocate and scientist Dr. David Suzuki puts protecting the natural environment in Canada into perspective: "This is about the type of country we want to leave to our children and grandchildren."

Being proud and conserving nature for future generations is a feeling ingrained in most Canadians and it should be encouraged.

The white-throated sparrow says it best: "Home sweet Canada, Canada, Canada." How about you? What makes you proud to call Canada, and particularly the Couchiching-Severn region, home?

Cameron Curran is a volunteer with the Couchiching Conservancy, a non-profit land trust dedicated to protecting nature for future generations. To date, we have helped to protect over 12,000 acres of land. To learn about these lands visit couchichingconserv.ca.



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