October Newsletter

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October has been an eventful month! Our Education Program continues to be busy with at least one school hike every week until the end of the year. Field work for road ecology is coming to an end for this year. Staff will continue analyzing field data and writing the Road Ecology Report. Our vernissage at Art Brûlant and Impressions opened the CPAWS-OV Art Exhibit, which was open to the public for two weeks. Our CPAWS Soirée - An Evening with Robert Bateman and Ian Tamblyn this past Monday was a great success! To learn more about the CPAWS Soirée continue reading.


October 29 - Join us at MEC Ottawa Race Five from 8:30-2:30pm at Camp Fortune. We will have an information booth promoting our Make it a Real Park campaign! We will have t-shirts and calendars for sale to support wilderness conservation.

November 1 - 5 - Check out the Cultural Expo 2017 from November 1-5 at Ottawa City Hall. The First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres Cultural Expo is a week-long showcase and celebration of First Nations people, history, language and lifestyle. Through their diverse programming, Expo attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how First Nations weave together the fabric of Canada. They seek to promote reconciliation through the celebration of culture, which can in turn build new relationships, better understanding and sincere respect. Join together, nation to nation, to move forward in making the next 150 years (and beyond) the best for First Nations children and all of Canada’s children.

November 8 - The Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Lab is hosting Beneath the Waves Film Festival at 6:30pm at Carelton University. This is a free event open to the public. The evening will begin with a series of short films about aquatic conservation on a local and global scale. These films include award-winning submissions from past Beneath the Waves festivals. The films will be followed by a panel discussion about engaging the public in aquatic conservation, including tips on how you can become involved. 

November 13 - Our Cafe Scientifique is an informal gathering of people to discuss current science, conservation and environmental issues that affect our communities. This November, Samantha McBeth will be talking about her experiences with the Canada C3 expedition, the science on the ship and how climate change is affecting biodiversity. Meet at the Fox and the Feather Pub on Elgin st, Ottawa from 7:00-9:00pm on Monday November 13, 2017, order a drink, grab a bite to eat and engage in discussion on science and climate change.

November 18 - CPAWS-OV will be participating in this year's 48th annual Help Santa Toy Parade. This year the parade will begin at 11:00am at Ottawa City Hall and end at the TD Place Arena. Every year since 1969, the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters' Association has been organizing the Help Santa Toy Parade and collecting toys along the parade route for distribution to the less fortunate children in Ottawa-Carleton. The parade has evolved into a significant event drawing tens-of-thousands of people who line the Parade route and share their generosity. Participants are entertained to the sights and sounds of floats, bands and clowns produced locally and from around the Province.

November 23 - Join us at Volunteer Ottawa's Volunteer Expo this fall from 10:00-2:00pm at Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall! It is an opportunity for people looking to volunteer to meet with different organizations and find the best positions that work for them. Do you want to volunteer with CPAWS-OV, learn more about what we do or get involved in your community? Come to the Volunteer Expo!

December 2 - Join CPAWS-OV at the Aylmer Santa Clause Parade at 6:00pm. The parade will begin at the Aylmer Marina and travel up Principal to the Galleries Aylmer. This is a fun, family friendly community event.

CPAWS Soirée

Thank you to everyone who came out to our CPAWS Soirée on Monday October 23, 2017! The event was a huge success!

Ian Tamblyn began the evening regaling us with his songs and experiences. The local musician, songwriter, playwright and adventurer has an extensive career which began in 1972 and has since released 38 albums. Algonqon Elder Claudette Commanda gave an inspiring welcome and blessing. She spoke of the imporance of respecting and protecting nature. Robert Bateman gave a wonderful presentation on his new book Robert Bateman's Canada, his experiences, artwork and techniques. In his new book, the internationally acclaimed artist, Robert Bateman takes you on a journey across the seven regions of Canada and shares the beauty of the country through his eyes. Robert Bateman was also availalbe to chat, sign books and take pictures. Ian Tamblyn retook the stage and finished off the evening before the announcement of the silent auction items. Will Amos, MP of the Pontiac region, also gave a short but meaningful speech on conservation.

The silent art auction composed of art donated by the artists who took part in our CPAWS-OV Dumoine River Art Camp. The variety and diversity of art was spectacular and inspired many people to purchase art created at or inspired by the magnificient and wild Dumoine River.

The event took place at the Moore Farm Estate, a beautifully restored local farm surrounded by community gardens on a 35-hectare rural estate and features a bistro-boutique within. They organized 3 large screens for the presentations and a wonderful sound system. We would like to thank them for providing us with a great venue, catering and service.

We would like to thank our special guests Robert Bateman, Ian Tamblyn and Claudette Commanda for their wonderful presentations. We would also like to thank our many volunteers who helped us set up, decorate, registration, parking, working the merch room and of course helped manage the technology for the evening.

Proceeds from our CPAWS Soiree - An evening with Robert Bateman and Ian Tamblyn will support CPAWS-OV's wilderness conservation efforts including protecting Quebec's Dumoine, Noire and Coulonge rivers and securing legislated protection for Gatineau Park. 


2018 Gatineau Park Calendars

Our 2018 Gatineau Park Calendars are out! This calendar features the artwork of local photographers taken in Gatineau Park.

Gatineau Park is managed by the National Capital Commission and does not have legal protection provided to "real" national parks. As such, portions of the park have been sold or used for housing development, the construction of shopping centres and the creation of new roads. Our mission is to achieve legislated protection for Gatineau Park, with boundaries protected in law. 

Our calendars can be ordered online, bought from the office and will be in stores soon. Follow us on social media to see where you can purchase them!

Proceeds from the sale of this calendar will support wilderness conservation in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

Order a calendar online for $10.00!

Learn more about Gatineau Park and our Make it a Real Park Campaign.


Protect Porcupine Caribou's Calving Grounds

Join us in telling Prime Minister Trudeau that it's time to step up to the plate and fight against Trump's plan to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

The Porcupine caribou herd is one of the last remaining healthy, barren ground herds in North America. The caribou undergo the longest migration of any land mammal on earth, with a range of over 250,000 km2 of northern tundra between Yukon and Alaska. In late spring, the herd travels to the coastal plains of the Beaufort Sea. It’s here, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where they calve.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is under critical threat. The Trump Administration is quietly working to pass legislation that would allow drilling in the very location the herd uses as their calving grounds. Caribou are incredibly sensitive to light and sound. Any construction in their territory could upset their feeding, breeding and migratory habits and lead them to abandon their calving grounds altogether. This could have a grave and irreversible impact on both the health of the herd and the Vuntut Gwitchin of Old Crow, Yukon, who rely on the animals for their very survival.

Act now!


Interview with Volunteer Emily Morris

How did you find out about CPAWS-OV?

I found out about CPAWS-OV through Volunteer Ottawa.

What made you want to join CPAWS-OV?

I was searching for rewarding ways to volunteer my time, and environmental conservation is something I have always felt passionate about.

What is your role with CPAWS-OV? What do you do and what have you done?

My first role as a volunteer was for the road ecology study, helping Leah collect data on Highway 5 and in Gatineau Park. I am also currently a member of the Outreach and Engagement Committee. I helped out a bit at this year’s CPAWS Soirée, and I hope to help out with some more events in the future!

What do you do (school or work) outside of CPAWS-OV?

I currently work at Chapters Indigo and I will be returning to school next year to study environmental science.

What is your favorite thing about CPAWS-OV? A campaign, education, hikes etc…?

My favourite thing about CPAWS-OV is how they fight to protect such important natural areas in our local region. Especially Gatineau Park, which is a place I love and hope to see protected for sake of all the biodiversity that relies on it, and for future generations to be able to enjoy as we do today.

Can you tell us a highlight story of working with CPAWS-OV?

One of the biggest highlights has to be meeting Robert Bateman and hearing him speak at the CPAWS Soirée this past week. He is such an inspiration and an example in raising awareness for conservation. 

What have you learned from your time with CPAWS-OV?

I have learned about all of the important campaigns that CPAWS is working hard on, and some of the challenges that come along with them. I have also learned how to identify the amphibian species in Gatineau Park pretty well!

If you could give CPAWS-OV advice, what would it be?

My advice would be to keep going on the path they are on and keep thinking of ways to bring awareness to the conservation issues in our region!

What is your favorite way to connect to nature?

I would say that my favourite way to connect with nature is when I get to see any animal in their natural habitat. Seeing them in a zoo or in captivity just doesn’t compare.

Do you have any adventures planned in your future? (hikes, canoe trips, travelling, etc…)

Unfortunately, most of my big adventures for the year are behind me, but whale watching in Vancouver and seeing orcas in the wild this past summer was the highlight of my year! (Or possibly my life...)

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Just that I am glad to be a part of this great organization and community!