How to Help Wildlife

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Why travel thousands of kilometres each year to Quebec?

Several species of migratory birds journey thousands of kilometres each year to reach the irresistible, choice wetlands of Quebec. Like the birds, many mammals, amphibians and fish also find food, shelter and breeding grounds there. Wetlands meet all their needs and are vital to their survival!

A godsend to humans too
Wetlands also benefit humans. For example, they act like a sponge, absorbing rainfall and snowmelt, reducing flooding and tempering drought.

At the present time, only 10% of land in Quebec is wetland. In the southern regions of Quebec, intense agricultural, industrial and urban development continues to precipitate the degradation, even disappearance of these environments. It is urgent that wetlands be preserved because of their ecological functions and the role they play in the preservation of biodiversity.

Give to the Fondation de la faune
Your donation will allow the Fondation de la faune to support projects sponsored by local organizations involved in the preservation of hundreds of hectares of wetland. So much good comes from wetlands. Now it is time to return the favour.

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Other ways to make your donation :
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Receive our magnificent 2014 calendar free of charge with each donation of 25$ or more.

Following are a few projects carried out with the support of donors like you:

Photo : Sandrine Pitelet/QCN 2006

Ducks Unlimited will acquire a 12-hectar piece of land along Rivière du Sud (river) in Montérégie. Its marshes and swamps support a great diversity of flora and fauna, including pike, heron, the northern leopard frog and mink. This valuable wildlife habitat will be protected forever.  

Photo : Daniel Carrière/QCN 2006

The ZIP Les Deux-Rives Committee prepared a conservation plan for a vast network of wetlands located at the mouth of Rivière aux Orignaux (river) south of Trois-Rivières.
Using “landowner booklets” containing precise descriptions of wildlife resources found in the private land comprising the site, the ZIP Committee will meet with the private landowners to encourage them to sign voluntary conservation agreements. 

Photo : Canards Illimités
The Fédération de l’Union des producteurs agricoles de la Montérégie will complete work at two ponds of the sub-watersheds of the Rivière des Hurons Sud (river). The creation of grass beds and shelter will contribute to the development of quality wetlands. Several species of birds, wildfowl, amphibians and reptiles will find habitat corresponding to their needs.

Photo : Anaïs Boutin
 The Canadian Nature Conservancy will protect the habitat of the spiny softshell turtle through the acquisition of 7 hectares of wetland near Lac Champlain (lake). The map turtle and several species of wildfowl including the black duck also inhabit the site that contains a silver maple grove designated an “exceptional forest ecosystem.”

Incredible journeys, excerpt from our 2014 calendar :

Photo : Christophe Buidin
June 2014 The red knot can fly more than 8,000 km nonstop in 6 days. Specimen B95, a bird banded in Tierra del Fuego in 1995, was seen again in 2013. His migratory flights total some 515,000 km over 18 years, more than the average distance between the earth and the moon (384,500 km)

Photo : Christophe Buidin
August 2014 At the end of August, the blue-winged teal leaves northeastern North America to travel to distant wintering grounds in southern United States and Central and South America. A male banded on August 29, 2005 at L’Isle-Verte was spotted on November 19 that same year in Porto Rico. He had journeyed a distance of 4,445 km in 82 days, averaging 54 km per day.

Photo: Mircea Costina
October 2014 Then there is the Canada goose. Some birds are rather sedentary, even urban dwellers. Others are great travellers, veritable globetrotters. Glu, a goose banded in southwestern Greenland in July 2008, was seen during the following fall migration in Maine in September and October 2009. In May 2010, she was back in Greenland for the nesting period near the location where she had been banded. She was spotted again in December 2011 near Lévis, Quebec and again in Greenland in July 2012.  In December 2012, she was observed in Maine and again near Vallée Jonction in Quebec.  

Make a move all year long to help nature that you love!
Would you like to see more conservation projects take place? Become a monthly donor ! Monthly donations are a simple and effective way to help the Fondation de la faune. They reduce administrative costs so a larger portion of your donation goes to projects in the field.

To thank you for your monthly donation*, you will receive an alarm whistle featuring the effigy of the Fondation, a 2014 calendar and news from us about projects undertaken all year long.

(*$5/month minimum).

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