Conservation must be done on a landscape scale to provide North America’s wildlife with the room they need to thrive. This is why we support conservation work in Canada that benefits both the U.S. and Canada.
It takes smart planning and a long range view. American Friends of Canadian Nature, Inc. (AFCN) is proud to be a part of building a conservation legacy that will ripple through the lives of our grandchildren and beyond.
Since 2005, donors to AFCN have brought more than $18 million in support to important conservation work across Canada.
We are pleased to share that one of our key partners, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), was listed as one of Canada’s top 25 charities by the Financial Post, received a 4 star rating by Charity Intelligence and received the highest ranking for an environmental non-profit from MoneySense Magazine for the seventh year in a row.
AFCN and NCC are continuing to work together on specific projects to deliver the results that nature, and North America, deserve. Below is an overview of some of the projects we have supported. Each of the projects listed below support waterfowl, migratory birds and the wetlands and uplands that support them. As it is estimated that close to 70% of all North American waterfowl breed in Canada, these projects support both U.S. and Canadian conservation goals.
Currently there is an incredible (but limited) leverage opportunity. For each dollar donated to support key wetland and migratory bird conservation work in Canada, AFCN, in partnership with NCC, can potentially match that donation 3 to 1.
We would love the opportunity to share more details about these great projects and the partnerships that make this leverage opportunity possible.
Current featured projects include:
The Missouri Coteau, Saskatchewan, Canada
- 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
- 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!