12 Ways You’ve Helped

Since 1976, we’ve raised more than $6,700,000 for environmental projects in Halton, thanks to generous people like you.

These funds helped to complete more than 25 projects, from teaching more than 150,000 students about nature, to planting thousands of trees, to caring for hundreds of injured birds of prey.

Thank you to everyone who made the choice to support Conservation Halton Foundation.

Here is a quick overview of the impact of your support:

 

1. Crawford Lake Conservation Area, with its authentic Iroquoian village, attracts visitors from all over Ontario. And in 2014, there was a new reason to visit - the Deer Clan Longhouse opened in June. In the moment when you first enter the Deer Clan Longhouse, you see the Inclusive Circle. This 360º domed display surrounds you in First Nations history and culture through a blend of sounds, songs, film, and artefacts from the Crawford Lake dig site. You’ve traveled back 600 years. Next, the Living Lab provides a hands-on and interactive experience where you can touch artefacts, and learn how tools were used to make fire, pottery and clothing. Lastly, you step into the Longhouse Replica Area that we believe looks and feels like an authentic longhouse in the 1400’s, completee with fire pit, bunks, areas for food storage, and artefacts for visitors to touch and discover.

 

2. With the support of generous donors like you, Conservation Halton purchased 25 acres of natural lands in the Clappison Woods area of North Burlington. These natural lands will now be conserved forever. This area adds to the 10,600 acres already owned and conserved by Conservation Halton in our watershed. We would like to recognive our partners in this initiative - the Bruce Trail Conservancy, the Hamilton Naturalists Club and Halton Region. This parcel of land sits in one of the most biologically rich areas in Canada, home to nearly a quarter of our country’s wild plants and more than 50 species at risk. This purchase also links natural lands as part of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system, an initiative to restore and connect almost 4,700 acres of natural lands from Cootes Paradise in Hamilton up to the Niagara Escarpment in Burlington.

 

3. 2012 marked the first annual Halton Forest Festival. Since then this educational event has provided hands-on experiential learning for 3,400 Halton region students from grades 6 & 7 and teaches them about forest resources, biodiversity and species at risk, climate change, urban forestry and stewardship and conservation.

4. The Halton Children’s Water Festival reached its ninth year in 2014 and has taught more than 32,000 students from grades 2 through 5 and helped them learn about water and science and technology, health and safety, society and conservation.

5. In 2011 construction was completed for Canada’s only facility designed specifically to house and breed the endangered Eastern Loggerhead Shrike. The building houses up to 12 shrikes in individual flyways. Every year between 2012 and 2015, we’ve released captive-bred shrike hatchlings to support the recovery of the wild population. So far, we’ve released 75 hatchlings into the wild.

6. Glenorchy Conservation Area, established in 2008, is the largest greenspace in Oakville. At 1,000 acres in size, Glenorchy is Oakville’s newest conservation area and part of Ontario’s Greenbelt. With the support of generous donors like you, over the past seven year, Conservation Halton foresters, biologists, and ecologists have been restoring grassland, wetland and forest habitats. To recreate these natural areas, more than 100,000 trees, 700 kilograms of wildflower seeds, and countless native acorns and tree nuts were planted. Over time, these habitat areas will grow and mature and support more and more wildlife. Thank you to all our supporters who have helped make this possible. In addition to restoring habitat areas, we will be building a ten kilometre trail system at Glenorchy so you, your family, and friends can enjoy this beautiful greenspace in the heart of Oakville.

7. In 2010, the Mountsberg maple syrup program took a big step forward when we celebrated the opening of the expanded evaporator building. Made possible by the support of our generous donors, the new building has twice as much space. This means that we can accommodate 5,000 new visitors during our busy maple syrup season. And we’ve added a modern energy efficient twist – a reverse osmosis system – which uses a membrane to remove water from the maple sap. This concentrates the sap so we can use less energy to boil it down to syrup.

8. In 2009, we opened 5 new outdoor raptor flights and 3 new indoor enclosures at the Mountsberg Raptor Centre. These spaces provide winter shelter for our birds of prey and outdoor flights for Octavius (above) and many others. With more space, we can care for more birds.

9. In 2006, we re-opened the new Mountsberg Discovery Centre as the R. Ross Craig Discovery Centre at Mountsberg. The re-constructed Discovery Centre was a culmination of a $1.4 million project that will serve more people and provide better environmental learning programs.

10. In 2003, we opened the new Gathering Place teaching facility at Crawford Lake. The Gathering Place provides much-needed space for teaching students and community groups about the rich First Nations history of the Crawford Lake area.

11. In 1996, we opened the new Douglas Cockburn Raptor Centre. Since the opening of the Raptor Centre, we’ve cared for more than 120 non-releasable eagles, owls, falcons and hawks that would otherwise have perished in the wild. Our birds at the Raptor Centre have permanent injuries that have left them incapable of surviving on their own in the wild. In many cases, these injuries were caused by human activity.

12. Between 1977 and 1984, we purchased the lands around Crawford Lake, protecting this unique meromictic lake in perpetuity for all to enjoy. We also constructed two longhouses on their original footprints where an Iroquoian village stood near Crawford Lake in the 1500’s. Every year, more than 75,000 visitors come to enjoy the natural peace and First Nations heritage at Crawford Lake.