NatureHood is a signature program of Nature Canada. Its goal is connecting people of all ages to nature right where they live - which, in Canada, increasingly means urban centres. NatureHood inspires urban residents to connect with nature through innovative programming, celebratory events and stewardship activities set in urban green spaces and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). In July 2012, Nature Canada started its pilot NatureHood program along the Ottawa River at the Lac Deschenes-Ottawa River IBA.
Nature Saskatchewan has partnered with Nature Canada to deliver the NatureHood program in Saskatchewan. Each year we hold free public events to inspire people to get outside and enjoy the nature that surrounds them. Events such as the Christmas Bird Count for Kids allows children of all ages to learn about the birds that can survive our tough winters and lets the kids practice their bird ID skills. Bird walks around Wascana Park, and the Wascana Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary encourage all ages to come and discover the many species found here in Regina. However, it is not all about birds… Nature is everywhere, and geocaching is a great way to explore the outdoors. Nature Saskatchewan holds many geocaching events around Regina. Check out our Facebook page or our Events Calendar for fun free family activities happening near you.
Through the NatureHood programing, we also strive to connect students with Nature and contribute to science through the FeederWatch Program and Yardmapping. In our in-class programs, we work with the students teaching them about the difficulties of migration and the many ways birds have adapted to their environment. School programing extends to our Last Mountain Bird Observatory where the students have close-up encounters with birds as we catch and band migrating songbirds.
The NatureHood app is a simple tool to help identify local wildlife and map wildlife sightings. The NatureHood app is intended for school students and beginning 'wildlife observers' of all ages. It is designed to be user-friendly and doesn't require previous knowledge of or training in natural history. This app is not designed for experienced birders or other naturalists, though some experts may find the "info" tabs informative and helpful. www.naturehood.co
Take a look at the NatureHood Postcard
The YardMap Network was created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. We collect data by asking individuals across the country to literally draw maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens. We connect you with your landscape details and provide tools for you to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably. www.yardmap.org
Take a look at the Yardmap Postcard