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Wildlife Habitat Canada - Fall 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.
The new hunting season is just around the corner, so be sure to purchase your 2021 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit:

WHC UPDATE

Previous Poll Results
In the last e-news, we asked for your thoughts on why purchases of the MGBH Permit (and Stamp) declined in 2020, despite people spending more time outdoors due to the pandemic and purchases of other types of hunting permits and licenses increasing during the same time period.
Here are the results (no surprises here!):
  • Canadian border closure due to the pandemic;
  • Hunting outfitters not operating; 
  • Declining number of waterfowl hunters;
  • Difficulty getting permission to hunt on private land.
Photo credit: Delta Waterfowl
Funds generated from the sale of the Conservation Stamp (affixed to the MGBH Permit) directly fund important conservation projects across Canada. Fewer Conservation Stamps purchased means a reduced investment in habitat conservation and stewardship efforts.
Did you know...? 
American hunters purchase around 18,000 Conservation Stamps each year. The border closure during the pandemic resulted in a loss of over $150K in Conservation Stamp funds that could have helped protect crucial wildlife habitat. 
2021 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Environment, 2021.
New Poll!
Since 1985, a huntable migratory game bird species has been featured on the Conservation Stamp. Every year, Canadian wildlife artists submit their best painting to our art competition, with the hope that it will appear on the next Conservation Stamp.

If you've been purchasing your MGBH Permit (with Conservation Stamp) for awhile now, you may have noticed that the species featured on the Stamp are starting to repeat (after more than 35 years, it was bound to happen!). 

This e-news poll is just for fun: What would YOU like to see on future Conservation Stamps? 

 
Take the poll now!

Gregory N. Phippen Memorial Fund

WHC is working with Michael Phippen, Past Chair of our Board of Directors, to establish the Gregory N. Phippen Memorial Fund in memory of his son, who passed away at the age of 25.  The Fund will commemorate Greg's life by celebrating and supporting his love of the outdoors and his passion for hunting, which helped him through some challenging times.
The goal is to create a Fund that will become a resource for organizations in their wildlife conservation efforts and in the support and celebration of Canada’s hunting heritage. Funds donated to the Gregory N. Phippen Memorial Fund will be invested by WHC into furthering wildlife habitat conservation and the future of hunting, and hunters, in Canada.

It’s in our hands to make a difference. We hope you'll consider becoming a founding donor.
Donate today!

Recruitment: WHC Board of Directors

WHC is seeking dynamic & motivated volunteers to join its Board of Directors. 

If you share a conservation ethic that recognizes the value of wildlife habitats that are abundant, rich and support biodiversity, we want to hear from you!

Learn more
CONSERVATION AT WORK
Stamp Dollars at Work 
Waterfowl hunter are among the most active conservationists in Canada. Funds generated from the sale of the Conservation Stamp support a variety of projects across Canada, including those aimed at hunter recruitment, education and mentoring. These types of projects are important as they support Canada's hunting heritage and help to secure the future generation of hunters. 

Check out some of the organizations we are supporting:
Delta Waterfowl, Friends of Salmonier Nature Park, Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association, Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation.

 
Community Conservation Action Program
WHC's Community Conservation Action Program (CCAP) helps smaller organizations make conservation achievements in their communities.
Feature Project: Nature Stewards Program (Environmental Youth Alliance Society)
The EYA engages youth facing barriers to become environmental stewards and community leaders
This project will connect marginalized at-risk youth to nature through hands-on environmental education workshops and training tools in an urban, East Vancouver setting, including:
  • planting and growing native plants;
  • identifying and removing invasive species;
  • building nest boxes for native bees and bird species; and,
  • learning sessions on valuable Indigenous knowledge.
Photo credit: Environmental Youth Alliance Society
(CCAP is funded by WHC, and is completely separate from the grant program supported by the Conservation Stamp).
Land Trusts Conservation Fund
Year 3 of the program is well underway! Stay tuned to our website for updates and announcements for Year 4. 
Credit: Georgian Bay Land Trust

HOT TOPICS

2021 Conservation Stamp and Print
If you've been following us on social media, or already purchased your MGBH Permit for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season, then you've seen the beautiful image by Ric Sluiter that was selected to appear on the 2021 Conservation Stamp and Print.
Ric's painting is the 37th in the series, continuing a tradition of raising critical funds for habitat conservation efforts across Canada since 1985.

Image: "On Golden Pond - Common Goldeneye" by Ric Sluiter.
Ric retired from a successful career in the film industry and returned to his passion of painting wildlife. “I am continuously amazed at nature’s confounding wisdom; a Dragonfly can seemingly disappear and reappear 20 feet away in a blink of an eye; an Osprey can time and articulate a dive to catch a fish; or a 700 lb Grizzly can tear across the tundra at 56 kph. Nature provides unlimited inspiration!”

Your purchase supports conservation: Prints (with Stamp) are available for purchase on our website. Don't miss your chance to add this gorgeous piece to your collection!
Visit our Online Store
Looking Cool for Conservation
Not into Prints? You can still support conservation (and look great doing it!) by purchasing a WHC hat, which comes in two styles:
  • Denim/suede
  • Digital camo (this fan favourite is back in stock!)
Shop Now!
Wild Game... It's What's For Dinner!

Try this delicious Grouse and Morel Soup!

For more recipes and tons of other great content, subscribe to Ontario Out of Doors magazine!
Federal Duck Stamp Task Group
WHC is pleased to be participating on AFWA's Federal Duck Stamp Task Group. The Task Group is reviewing marketing and policy issues pertaining to the sale of the Stamp, increasing waterfowl hunting, public access, and how to encourage non-hunters to adopt the Stamp.
When it comes to the future of migratory game birds in North America, it is crucial that Canada and the U.S. work together. By leveraging both Canadian and American perspectives and experiences, we hope to increase the sale of Stamps in both countries to generate additional funds for critical conservation efforts.
2021 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Environment, 2021.
2021-2022 Federal Duck Stamp Credit: USFWS
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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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