American Friends of Canadian Nature

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In Canada and the United States, we still have the opportunity to protect ecologically significant lands and the wildlife species that rely on them for survival. To provide North America’s wildlife with the space it needs to thrive, conservation must be undertaken at a landscape level. This is why American Friends of Canadian Nature (AFCN) supports conservation work in Canada that benefits both the U.S. and Canada.

Transboundary conservation takes smart planning and a long-range vision. We are proud to be a part of building a legacy that will ripple through the lives of our grandchildren and beyond. AFCN works with a variety of Canadian partners including the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Kenauk Institute to deliver the results that nature deserves.

Since 2005, AFCN has invested upwards of U.S. $20 million in priority conservation projects across Canada.

Your donations bring our cross-border vision to life. Donate today or contact us for more information.


Current featured projects include:

The Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Missouri Coteau (photo by NCC)

  • Saskatchewan has been called “the Duck Factory” of the prairies and the Missouri Coteau is the heart of that factory.
  • Characterized by large tracts of native prairie and high density potholes and lakes, the Missouri Coteau is vital for breeding waterfowl including northern pintail, western grebe and blue-winged teal.
  • Prairie pothole wetland complexes are also critical for migrating shorebirds and other species, providing habitat for piping plover, burrowing owl, Sprague’s pipit, ferruginous hawk, loggerhead shrike, long-billed curlew, yellow rail, northern leopard frog and the monarch butterfly.
  • NCC actively manages over 65,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitat in the Missouri Coteau, and is looking to protect another 5,000 acres.

The Miramichi Salmon Project, New Brunswick, Canada

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Atlantic Salmon Parr (photo by USFWS)

  • The Miramichi watershed is world renowned for Atlantic salmon and trout fishing. The forest and riparian habitat within this project supports a variety of wildlife, including large mammals such as moose and bear; smaller mammals such as weasels, bobcat and beaver; as well as reptiles, amphibians and forest birds.
  • A number of wetlands on the land provide important breeding habitat for waterfowl – from black ducks to teals and mallards. Conservation of these properties will help protect and enhance salmon habitat in the river.
  • A rare opportunity for large forest land acquisition in New Brunswick, this project would be a significant addition to an adjacent Protected Natural Area, creating a continuous wilderness corridor, the total size of which exceeds 10,000 acres.
  • This is the largest single land securement project ever in New Brunswick.

Click here to learn about some of our past accomplishments!