Wildlife Habitat Canada - Spring 2021
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WHC conserves wildlife habitat in Canada by making wise conservation investments. The grant programs that we administer support the conservation of important wildlife habitat, the securement of ecologically sensitive lands, and engaging Canadians in nature.
Thank you to all waterfowl and migratory game bird hunters for your continued support! The proceeds from the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp (Conservation Stamp) support our grant program under the Habitat Conservation Stamp Initiative.
A reminder that the 2020 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit is still available (for the spring snow goose hunt):
Quick Link: 
Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2020-2021 summaries 


E-News Poll Results
Last time, we asked if you've been spending more time outdoors during the pandemic.
  • 53% of you said Yes, 
  • 29% said the Same,
  • 18% said No.
You've been spending  your time outdoors:
  • Hunting (83.3%)
  • Fishing (45.5%)
  • Bird Watching (19.1%)
  • Hiking/Camping (37.8%)
  • Other (ATV, gardening etc.) (19.5%)
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Photo credit: Andrew Rochon
New Poll!
Purchases of the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit (and Stamp) declined in 2020, despite people spending more time outdoors due to COVID-19. This is particularly of interest, given that purchases of other types of hunting permits and licenses (e.g., wild turkey, deer) increased during this same time period.
Why do you think fewer Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits (and Stamps) were purchased during the pandemic, but purchases of other types of hunting licenses increased?
Take the poll now!
Launch of WHC YouTube Channel
WHC is now on YouTube!

Enjoy our exclusive videos where you will meet the artists behind the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. Subscribe to our channel and stay tuned for new content!

Watch now!
New WHC Board Member

Dean Smith is the President of WoodWater Consulting Inc., and the NAWMP Director and Wildlife Liaison for Canada for the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).

Dean is an ardent conservationist and advocate for engaging people in natural resource management decisions. He has worked in the areas of wetland and waterfowl conservation, agriculture, and natural resource policy and program development throughout North America for more than 30 years.

Learn more about our Board of Directors
2021 Conservation Stamp and Artist Announced
On April 1, 2021, we announced the winning artist  for 2021: Ric Sluiter from Pigeon Lake, Ontario!
Ric's painting, "On Golden Pond - Common Goldeneye," is featured on  the 2021 Conservation Stamp and Print.
Ric is known for his work at Disney Feature Animation on films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Bolt. He was also the Art Director on Roger Rabbit, Mulan and Lilo and Stitch.

Learn more about the artist.
Visit our Online Store
Stamp Dollars at Work 
In 2020-2021, despite the ongoing pandemic, our partners were able to deliver 29 projects across Canada with funding from the Conservation Stamp (through the Habitat Conservation Stamp Initiative):
Community Conservation Action Program
WHC launched a new pilot program in the Fall of 2020, called the Community Conservation Action Program (CCAP). This small grants program was created in response to the growing need for funding support for small(er) organizations in Canada. The CCAP is aimed at helping these organizations make conservation achievements in their communities, by supporting local and regional projects that:
  • connect Canadians with nature
  • engage youth in conservation
  • provide educational conservation programming
In the first year of the program we received 37 applications totaling more than $260K in funding requests - wow! Read on to learn about one of the projects that has been selected for funding.
(CCAP is funded by WHC, and is completely separate from the grant program supported by the Conservation Stamp).

Feature Project: Promoting Stewardship of Trumpeter Swan Habitat in Waterton Biosphere Reserve (Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association)
This project will use the conservation of Trumpeter Swan habitat as a focal point to engage landowners, volunteers, and youth through a multi-faceted outreach and education program, community events, workshops and fieldtrip. A Trumpeter Swan occupancy survey will be conducted at various landowner sites, and a conservation plan for Trumpeter Swans in the Waterton Biosphere Reserve will be completed.
Photo credit: Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association
Land Trusts Conservation Fund 
WHC is providing grant administration services for the Land Trusts Conservation Fund (LTCF), under the Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP). The LTCF supports Canadian land trusts in securing private lands and private interests in lands, to protect habitat for species at risk and contribute to the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative. Read on to learn more about the achievements made to date.
(The LTCF is federal program funded by the NHCP, and is completely separate from the grant program supported by the Conservation Stamp).
WHC Hats
Our online store is open and we've got more of the fan favourite camo hat back in stock! With two styles to choose from, you'll look great while also supporting conservation.

Please note that there may be some processing and shipping delays, due to the pandemic and its impact on shipping carriers.
Shop Now!


Read all about it! 

The Canada-USA border closure during the pandemic has prevented American hunters from coming to Canada. The result? A significant decrease in the number of Conservation Stamps (or Duck Stamps) purchased by hunters, which translates into fewer funds available for important habitat conservation efforts.

“Sales of hunting licenses and Canadian duck stamps provide critically important funding for waterfowl conservation,” said Jim Fisher, Delta’s Senior Director of Canadian Conservation and Hunting Policy. “The lost revenue from sales of duck stamps to non-residents who weren’t allowed to hunt this year is going to hurt.”
Delta Waterfowl has been urging its U.S. members to buy a Canadian Duck Stamp and encouraging its Canadian members to "double up," in an effort to help make up for some of this loss. Read the article, here.

Did you know?
ANYONE can buy a Stamp! For just $8.50, you can help make a difference.

Get your Stamp!
Wild Game... It's What's For Dinner!
Try the Wilderness Chef's Jerky Recipe!
  • Works well with duck, goose or venison.
For more recipes and tons of other great content, subscribe to Ontario Out of Doors magazine!
Conservation Advocacy
In its role as a national not-for-profit conservation NGO, it is important that WHC work with government, NGO’s and industry at international, national and regional scales to conserve wildlife and their habitats.

WHC is a member of the Green Budget Coalition (GBC), which presents federal budget recommendations to the Canadian government for the most pressing environmental issues in Canada. The GBC is pleased to see many of the coalition’s recommendations reflected in Budget 2021.
Federal Budget, 2021

The new federal budget announced on April 19, 2021 recognizes that nature is key to Canada's recovery:
  • $2.3 billion over five years committed to address biodiversity loss, climate change, and create jobs.
  • Commitment to conserve up to one million square kilometers of land and inland waters to achieve Canada's 25% protected area target by 2025.
WHC is also a member of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Canada), which provides leadership in wetland policy and implementation of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. 
NAWCA funds approved for Canada

Funds generated under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) program provide matching grants to wetland conservation projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved all 8 Canadian NAWCA projects for 2021-22, providing $33 million of U.S. federal funding. This funding provides additional support for a future that has abundant and diverse populations of migratory birds. 
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Photo Credit: Andrew Rochon

Donations to WHC are tax-deductible
Charitable registration # 11929 8131 RR0001.

It is now easier than ever to support conservation efforts that protect our wild places and ensure the sustainability of waterfowl and migratory game bird hunting into the future.

Donations can be made online, by telephone, through CanadaHelps, or by mail.
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