Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife

Two for Tuesday: I'm asking you to do these two things on Giving Tuesday to support local wildlife 

Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife


Giving won't be easy for some people this year. Many Ontario citizens have suffered financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profits, charities, and organizations that support nature and wildlife have also been greatly impacted by the pandemic. Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when people make donations to support charities that mean a lot to them. I want to go two for Tuesday. I present to you two ways you can support nature and wildlife right here in Ontario that I've donated to for Giving Tuesday. I'm asking my readers who are considering which initiative to support today to consider one (or both) of these Ontario campaigns that need your help.


Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife

Support Ontario Nature: This year, Ontario Nature is raising funds to protect the Sydenham River Watershed, a biodiversity hotspot in southern Ontario that is home to numerous species at risk. Less than 12% of Sydenham River Watershed forest remains, which threatens many species at risk including the cerulean warbler, eastern wood-pewee, and several endangered turtles. It is part of the Carolinian Zone, a region under intense pressure as it hosts 25% of the Canadian population. 


Your donation will help restore and survey grassland and forest habitat to establish suitable habitat for breeding amphibians in the floodplain, create a long-term conservation plan to protect wildlife and habitat, support volunteer tree planting and other conservation projects, and host workshops with First Nations, conservation organizations, local nature clubs, and private landowners to conduct conservation planning for the watershed. Your donation will be generously matched by Ontario Nature's Board of Directors, up to $5,000! CLICK HERE to donate or find out more. 


Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife

Support Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in Rosseau, Ontario, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in the early 1970s and has been a leader in wildlife rehabilitation ever since. The sanctuary is located on 460 acres of natural habitat, making it one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation locations in Ontario. Director of Animal Welfare Jan Kingshott shared with me what the sanctuary is asking the community to support this Giving Tuesday.


"We are expanding our nursery for next season, which means we will need more of the ICU equipment. This year was our busiest year with over 900 birds and mammals that came into our care and we want to be more prepared in the future for those numbers," said Kingshott. 

Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife


For Giving Tuesday they are campaigning to raise funds to purchase an oxygen machine and more incubators, like the ones pictured. If the amount of animals they take in continues to increase, the expansion of equipment will be critical. 


"The incubators and oxygen machines are really important for the very compromised patients that come in, such as the hit by car, cat or dog attack victims, or even the really young orphans that need that supplemental heat. Incubators and oxygen machines are vital to their recovery and with more equipment like this, the more lives we save,"  Kingshott said. CLICK HERE to donate or learn more.


Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife


Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary supports so many different species of wildlife, and now they need the community to support them. Check out this video about how important this equipment is to the sanctuary- posed on their new YouTube page!



If you are able to give, please consider making a donation to one of these two wildlife support campaigns. The animals need your help, and every little bit helps. It only takes one to make a change- or in this case, two.


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