The Canadian Wildlife Federation was founded in 1962 and has grown to include approximately 300,000 members. As a Canadian, non governmental organization they focus entirely on species and habitats at risk in Canada and are funded entirely by public donations. Their stated mission is as follows:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat by:
- informing and educating Canadians;
- advocating responsible human actions; and
- representing wildlife on conservation issues.
In addition to their Canadian Wildlife publication they also have two magazines geared towards children. One called Wild, geared towards 6 to 12 year-olds, and Your Big Backyard for children aged 3 to 5. The description for Canadian Wildlife suggests that the articles are accompanied by some of the "best nature photography in the world". I have to say that the magazine I received (March/April 2011) had some of the most beautiful pictures of birds I have ever seen.
The photographs were taken by Roy Hancliff in the backyard of his Salmon Arm, BC home using a technique he developed using "multiple flashes and super-high shutter speeds of up to 1/20,000th of a second". The result is some awesome action shots of a variety of birds including pine siskens, the northern flicker, stellar jays, and hummingbirds. Of the photographs included in the article the one of the Northern Flicker is my favourite. Coincidentally when I visited his website it was the first picture that came up on his home page. If you like nature pictures I would highly recommend checking out his site. He has a gallery and you are able to order prints of his pictures.
If you are someone who would like to help the natural environment around you, but are not sure how to get started, I would highly recommend the CWF website as a beginning. Even projects as simple as incorporating native plants into your landscaping, or building a bat house, can have a positive impact on the surrounding environment. For my part I have been working on plans to improve the boulevard outside my home for the last two years. I have decided on planting native trees and shrubs and also plan to incorporate some of the other ideas from the CWF. My project will be getting a boost on Thursday when the Municipality of Saanich puts in a big leaf maple tree. I will post a picture of the current state of the boulevard and add pictures as things progress.