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Events and Media Releases of past years can still be accessed through the News and Events Archive. If you would like any information about any of our past activities, feel free to contact us.

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Archives — 2012


Erie to Ontario Waterways for Wildlife Workshop: Business & Biodiversity in the Golden Horseshoe
March 20th , Ball's Falls Centre for Conservation, Jordan, ON

Carolinian Canada Coalition and our partners are working to engage corporate allies in building ecologically healthy, vibrant communities. The workshop brought together businesses and organizations working to restore and steward natural ecosystems. Presentations from regional and local business leaders and agencies highlighted the wide range of project and funding opportunities available to businesses.

Click here to see what you missed!


Caring for Species at Risk Stewardship Workshops for Southern Ontario Rural Landowners - 2012

Burford - March 3
Woodstock - March 10
Cayuga - Feb 25
Ridgetown - Feb 11

These workshops, geared to the rural landowner, provided participants with an opportunity to learn about species at risk found in their area, local habitat stewardship projects that are underway, how they can initiate projects on their land to create natural habitat and conserve biodiversity, and sourcing financial incentives and expert advice.

Click here to see what you missed!

Archives — 2011

Notices and Media Releases

Dec 22
Happy Holidays from CCC - CCC 2011 winter holiday card
Nov 28
Caring for Species at Risk Workshops for Southern Ontario Rural Landowners
Nov 10
Erie Coast Stewardship Trail Open House Calling all Coast Keepers!
Oct 11
A Concert for Carolinian Canada - Jarmo Jalava and his Fair Trade Ensemble
Aug 10
Teens Grow Wild In Park - Species at Risk Camp
Apr 16
3 Special Notices to Carolinian Canada Coalition members and friends AGM 2011 information and membership renewal reminder
May 24
Conservation achievements to be recognized in Port Rowan MEDIA RELEASE - Community, Environment
Apr 16
3 Special Notices to Carolinian Canada Coalition members and friends AGM 2011 information and membership renewal reminder


Lake Erie Coastal Stewardship Trail Open House
Dec 3, St. Williams

After extensive multi-stakeholder planning, CCC has developed a concept for the Erie Coastal Stewardship Trail! Attendies of the open house learned more about this exciting project, and how it will bring residents, tourists, governments, industry, nature and culture together.

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Click here to download event materials!


Pledges, Prompts and Pilot Projects
October 20, Woodstock

Thank you for a successful workshop on Oct. 20th. A summary and links to the webinars recorded during this event are posted here.

Notify if you would like to receive future updates about this event and related social marketing and outreach workshops and projects.
A Concert for Carolinian Canada

A Concert for Carolinian Canada
October 11, London

Presented by Jarmo Jalava & his North American Fair Trade Ensemble

On October 11, CCC supporters and music fans were treated to a great show, all in support of Carolinian Canada's conservation programs. The night kicked off with a set of original songs by Dorchester-based artist Brent Jones. Jones took to the stage on solo piano, but later invited Charly Pena to the stage for a couple of songs.

Click Here for more details
CCC Friends Visit Rare Habitat In Paris
credit - CCC director Mark Helm

Carolinian Canada Friends Paris Social
September 29, Paris

More than 25 supporters of Carolinian Canada turned out for a tour of the Blue Lake Savannah near Paris, Ontario on September 29. Hosted by a past CCC Conservation Award winner, the tour gave a rare opportunity to view one of Ontario's rarest habitats, and to see the largest community of American Columbo (aptly named Frasera caroliniensis in Latin) found in the country. The event continued with a live musical performance by Jarmo Jalava, habitat action pledges, and a fun night out among Friends. More Friends events are in the works! Contact Sandy at for more info.
Maureen Riley's Art Show

Limited Edition Poster by Maureen Riley
Art Show Opened August 27, London

Art posters can now be purchased at CCC events. Online sales coming soon! Own a piece of Carolinian Canada!  London Artist Maureen Riley’s Carolinian Rhapsody is “a joyous trek across our lovely region of Ontario that abounds with examples of the wonderful flora, fauna, birds and other woodland creatures inhabiting Carolinian Canada”. Riley is donating all poster and a portion of limited edition art print proceeds from her show at Strand Fine Art.  This news follows a 2010 fundraiser when Laurie Nolan and friends hosted a group show 'Forest', raising $985 to support the Coalition. Contact Sandy for more info.

Cooperating for Conservation!
Lake Erie Coastal Leaders' Workshop

The Lake Erie Coastal Leaders' Workshop took place on Wednesday, June 22 in Ridgetown, Ontario. Municipal planners as well as National Park, Provincial Park, conservation authority and stewardship council representatives attended to work together to set big picture coastal conservation goals that will benefit the trail, as well as the citizens, economies and the ecosystems that the coast supports. A second "Leaders'" workshop is planned for September. For more information please contact
June 14 Forum
CCC C-K Stream O'Neill Nature Preseve
Photo: K. Kielstra
Tools for Ecosystem Recovery

On June 14, 2011, thirty-five conservation practitioners from across South-Western Ontario convened in Woodstock for the "Tools for Ecosystem Recovery: Exploring Collaborative Outreach, Conservation Action and Coastal Stewardship," forum hosted by CCC. An abundance of information and experience was shared by 15 speakers, focusing on the successes and challenges of conservation action planning (CAPs) for species and ecosystem recovery in Carolinian Canada's biodiversity hotspots. The event included updates on all 10 CAPs and natural area conservation plans (NACPs) currently being implemented in the ecoregion by CCC, The Nature Conservancy of Canada, and their partners. Special presentations were also made on the "Lake Erie Biodiversity Conservation Strategy", the proposed "Erie to Ontario Waterways for Wildlife" initiative to engage business partners in conservation, the Lake Erie Coastal Trail, as well as innovative tools to track stewardship activities on-line. Participants appeared to leave the forum inspired, informed and armed with new tools and ideas gleaned from their peers.

Carolinian Canada Coalition Annual General Meeting

Friday, May 27, 2011, Port Rowan

Elections, Conservation Awards, Chair's lunch,
Members information Session:
"Locating and Planning For Wind Towers"
Board of Directors Elections
See the schedule online HERE.

Carolinian Canada Awards

Award Recipients
Photo: T. Bentley

Our 12th Annual Conservation Award winners included an eco-school, a sand and gravel company, a professor, a habitat restoration specialist, among others. Those who attended our Annual General Meeting in Port Rowan on May 27 had a chance to meet our winners and congratulate them on their outstanding contributions to healthy landscapes in Carolinian Canada. We are pleased to have two honourees this year for Lifetime Achievement. The complete list and bios of the winners can be found on our Awards Page Here

Caring for Species at Risk Stewardship Workshops for Southern Ontario Rural Landowners

last year's recipients - the Thames Talbot Land Trust

The Carolinian Canada Coalition and partners are hosting a series of "Caring for Species at Risk Workshops" in four counties this winter. Geared to the rural landowner, these workshops will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about species at risk, local habitat stewardship projects, how landowners can initiate projects on their own land and how to receive information on sourcing financial incentives and expert advice. Local expertise will be on hand to answer questions and provide consultation.

View the Media Release
Check out workshop materials Online Here
Archives — 2010

Notices and Media Releases

Coastal Zone Program: A Trail for Lake Erie Invitation to Upcoming Workshops Media Blast and coastal network/eco-news special bulletin
AGM 2010: Exploring Our Watersheds Media Blast


“A Trail for Lake Erie” — 2010 Open House and Workshop Series

Workshops to encourage community collaboration in the creation of trails along Lake Erie were held in Simcoe, Eagle, Essex, and Port Colborne.

A Virtual workshop is now available Online Here
Email your questions to
or call 519-433-7077.

AGM 2010: Exploring Our Watersheds

in Partnership with Ontario Nature
May 28- 30, 2010
Lambton College and Lambton Residence, Sarnia, Ontario

Be sure to check out:
Wrap-up, Presentations and Photos Here
Media Release and Promo Images Here


Members Fundraising Initiative: Forest Art Show and Poster Sale

April 23 - May 29, 2010 

Click Here for More Information

Posters of selected paintings were for sale at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts during the run of the show.
All proceeds from poster sales were directed to Carolinian Canada.


Youth Species at Risk Camp 2010

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August 16-17th, 2010, Point Pelee National Park

View the media release online here.

Stewardship Ranger teams from across Carolinian Canada took part in a Species at Risk Camp hosted by the Carolinian Canada Coalition in partnership with Point Pelee National Park. The teams of 16 and 17-year old Stewardship Rangers spent their day at the beach restoring habitat for Ontario’s only lizard, the Common Five-Lined Skink, while also learning about other special, endangered and threatened species found in the Carolinian Life Zone. Assistance for this project was provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Parks Canada, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Archives — 2009

Notices and Media Releases


Details available on the Forum 2009 webpage here.


Ecosystem Recovery Update — What's Happening in our Biodiversity Hotspots

Ranchers and farmers conserve Burrowing Owls as
part of the Prairie Conservation Action Plan
Photo credit: Ray Poulin

Community teams from Biodiversity Hotpots (Conservation Action Plans) across Carolinian Canada gathered to discuss recovery successes, local plans for Species at Risk recovery, highlights of pilot conservation action planning, habitat restoration guidelines, social marketing and more on June 5th in Jordan, Ontario. 

Download the flyer here. Details, agenda, guest speaker bios and abstracts available here.


AGM 2009: Water for Life

May 8th, Dundas, Ontario

The Carolinian Canada Coalition Annual General Meeting, held on Friday, May 8th, 2009, at Maplewood Hall in Dundas, was a resounding success! This 25th anniversary event included a guest speaker, a nature walk and elections. Read about our returning Directors, as well as this year's nominees online here.

Details and forms available here.


Conservation Awards 2009: Celebrating Stewardship Heroes
at AGM 2009, Water for Life

May 8th, 2009

Recipient Alan Ernest Plants a Tree

On Friday, May 8th, Carolinian Canada Coalition celebrated the hard work and dedication of outstanding people and groups who care about their local habitat and wildlife. They embody the notion of “Thinking Globally and Acting Locally”. All across southwestern Ontario, these caring people have quietly dedicated most of their spare time, and in some cases their careers, to conserving habitat and collaborating for healthy landscapes. Visit our awards page here to read about the award recipients. Read the media release here.


Caring for Nature in Brant and North Dumfries Factsheet Launch

March 20th, 2009
Apps' Mill Nature Centre

On March 20th, Carolinian Canada Coalition will be launching the factsheet, 'Caring for Nature in Brant and North Dumfries'. Local stewardship groups involved in the project gather at Apps' Mill Nature Centre on 308 Robinson Road near Brantford to celebrate the launch. If features the work of dedicated farmers, rural landowners and community groups who have worked tirelessly to conserve and restore natural habitats and help species at risk. All our welcome.

Download the factsheet here. This is the 10th publication in our Caring for Nature factsheet series. Read the media release here.

Archives — 2008

Notices and Media Releases

Forum 2008: Partners for Land Protection
Youth Help Species at Risk in Carolinian Canada
Landowner Workshop in Essex Region
Feb 21
Carolinian Woodland Network Launched


Carolinian Canada at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Ontario's only marsupial a star in hit game show
November 15th, 2008, Toronto

Are you smarter than an opossum? This is what contestants attending Biodiversity Day at the Royal Winter Fair tried to find out. CCC staff and volunteers posed as marsupials and plied the crowd with questions about nature in southern Ontario. Children and their parents enjoyed the educational and interactive game. We are eager to tailor this game for a diversity of audiences and take this show on the road. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Bronwen Buck, Ecosystem Recovery Network Coordinator at


Caring for Nature in Hamilton Factsheet Launch

November 13th, 2008

Carolinian Canada and many partners in the Hamilton area including the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Royal Botanical Gardens and Hamilton Halton Watershed Stewardship Program have produced this important resource for Landowner Conservation initiatives. This is the 9th publication in our Caring for Nature factsheet series. Read the media release here.


Explore, Network and Learn — A Major Event for Habitat Conservation in Southwestern Ontario

October 23rd - 25th, 2008
Best Western Lamplighter Inn, London, Ontario

Presented by:

This conference was geared towards volunteers and professionals who are interested in saving habitat - land trusts, conservation authorities, municipalities, recovery teams, environmental NGOs, landowners, government agencies and industry experts. The impacts of this conference will be felt throughout the conservation community across southwestern Ontario.


Youth Help Species at Risk in Carolinian Canada

Find out how teenagers are helping improve species survival in southwestern Ontario. Stewardship Ranger teams from various counties and First Nations across the region will present the stories of their experiences with Species at Risk in Carolinian Canada.

Download the media release here (DOC 540KB)


Niagara Region Caring for Nature Factsheet Launch

July 16th, 2008

The eighth in the Caring for Nature series, the Niagara Factsheet was launched at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. The Winery was featured in the factsheet for their restoration work including the installation of biofilters and planting native plants around their holding ponds, with help from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. The factsheet is now available online, as well as a detailed media release regarding the launch.


Carolinian Canada Annual Report 2007/2008 Now Available!

Download here (PDF 3.2 MB)


Middlesex County Caring for Nature Factsheet Launch

May 29th, 2008

The seventh in the Caring for Nature series, the Middlesex Factsheet was launched from a landowner's property on Nairn Creek in the Ausable Bayfield watershed. The landowners were featured in the factsheet as part of shoreline restoration project which exceeded the expectations of the partner organization, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. The factsheet is now availalbe online, as well as a detailed media release regarding the launch.


Annual General Meeting 2008 and Norfolk County Factsheet Launch

May 22nd

Join the Carolinian Canada Coalition and Bird Studies Canada for an exciting day of bird tours, keynote speakers and discussions on the future of the Coalition. The Coalition will also be launching it's sixth factsheet in the Caring for Nature series, 'Caring for Nature in Norfolk County'. This is a free event that will take place in Port Rowan. Meeting details are available here. Register by May 12th.


Halton Region Caring for Nature Facthsheet Launch

April 16th, 2008

The Halton Factsheet was launched at Brookville Public School in Campbellville.
The factsheet is now available online. Download and read here.

Press release available for download here.


Carolinian Woodland Recovery Strategy Meeting

February 21st, 2008 in London

Join the Carolinian Woodland Network for this interesting and informative event. Hear about new pilot projects in Woodland Recovery, learn about the Carolinian Woodland Recovery Strategy, connect and share ideas with other recovery teams and much more. A training session on the Rural Landowner Stewardship Guide will be held in the afternoon.

Meeting details are available for download here.
A registration form is available for download here.
Archives — 2007

Notices and Media Releases

Forum 2007: Everyone Doing Their Part to Take on the Climate Change Challenge
Beamer Willoughby Dedication Press Release


Essex County Caring for Nature Facthsheet Launch

December 6th, 2007

The Essex Factsheet was launched at the Sanson
Estates Winery near McGregor in Essex County.
The factsheet is now available online. Download and read here.


Wanted: Species At Risk

The First of a new series of Species at Risk Posters is now available from Carolinian Canada. Learn more about the project and download the factsheet here.


First Major Book About Carolinian Canada Available

November 2007

The Natural Treasures of Carolinian Canada is a labour of love for the contributors, naturalists and scientists who share their knowledge of the diverse richness and rarity of the species and spaces in Carolinian Canada through engaging and informative text, and who hope that this book will inspire, encourage, and support the work of conserving this unique landscape.

Beyond the science, this book invites you to explore your region through perspective of experts who have an intimate connection to Carolinian Canada’s unique nature. Details are available here.


Forum 2007: A Resounding Success!

The “Exploring the Nature of Climate Change” 2007 Forum was held on October 26th in London, Ontario. Carolinian Canada Coalition supporters listened, learned and discussed an organized response from the nature conservation community - a Carolinian Canada Big Picture strategy for the future. The one-day event brought together many voices and perspectives.

Click here for more details

Archives — 2006

Media Releases

Carolinian Canada Landowners Lead in Nature Conservation
Shaping the future of Conservation at annual Forum
Carolinian Canada Conservation Award Recipients Announced
Nature and People working in harmony in Carolinian Canada
At-Risk Landscapes a High Priority at Carolinian Canada's Forum


Big Picture Roadshow 2006: Our Travelling Presentation and Display

True South, Wild and Free is a traveling, illustrated presentation on Carolinian Canada's threatened wild life and how the Big Picture can help protect and restore the region's ecological health. You can book an event in your community. For more information, click here.


"Building A Sustainable Norfolk Community" Conference

When: Nov 3-5, 2006
Where: Simcoe, ON

Presented by Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.

Includes a presentation by Carolinian Canada Executive Director, Michelle Kanter

Click here for more info

Archives — 2005

Notices and Media Releases

Inspiring Conservation: 2005 Conservation Award Winners Announced
Inspiring Conservation: 2005 Conservation Award Nominees Announced
Skunk's Misery Plaque Unveiled
Conservation Wins for Canada
Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants Help Preserve Lands and Forests


Carolinian Canada display was at the "Changing Our Landscape:  How Much is Too Much?", conference on April 8, 2005. Click here for more information.

If you are interested in hosting a Carolinian Canada Roadshow presentation, display or materials please contact us.

Archives — 2004

Media Releases

Two Decades of Conservation Wins
Conservation Awards Announced
Walpole Island Celebrates Nature
Saving The Planet, One Hero At A Time
Carolinian Canada Plaque Unveiled at Sydenham River
Ron Tiessen, Pelee Island Champion wins Conservation Award
Pork Producers honoured for Environmental Action & protecting Species at Risk


Natural Heritage Planning Symposium:  Rehabilitate, Restore, Recreate

The "Natural Heritage Planning Symposium"workshop was held, Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at King's College in London.

Rehabilitation, reclamation and recreation are the three R's in restoration ecology for planners. This conference explored how the three R's of restoration ecology can be used as tools in natural heritage planning. Experts in conservation presented case studies in workshops to provide participants with the specifics of the "how to" and the "can do", 

Stay tuned for the conference proceedings.

More information...

Archives — 2003

Media Releases

Leaders in Carolinian Canada protect Nature and Economy: "It can be Done!"
Carolinian Canada honours Nature Conservancy of Canada for Great Strides in Saving Threatened Habitat
Carolinian Canada presents conservation award to Patricia Rhoads of Essex County
Carolinian Canada conservation group appoints new Executive Director
Carolinian Canada Recognizes Conservation Efforts At Ausable Gorge


Environmental Impact Statement Workshop

Environmental Impact Statement Workshop held in February 2003 and a follow-up workshop May 27, 2003. The proceedings can be found here.

Archives — 2002


Carolinian Canada Day, May 31st, 2002

Friday, May 31st, 2002 was Carolinian Canada Day at the Federation of Ontario Naturalists annual conference in Port Rowan. Expert speakers explored the conservation policy tools and means for achieving a substantial increase in the size and quality of natural areas in Carolinian Canada. The Carolinian Canada Big Picture natural heritage system analysis was the focus of efforts to conserve and restore habitats.

Practical Options For The Greening of Carolinian Canada prepared by noted conservation author Ron Reid in collaboration with the Management Committee of Carolinian Canada was prepared for the conference. The paper looks at a variety of conservation tools that might be used to advance the conservation and restoration of the natural heritage system of Carolinian Canada. A summary of the paper was distributed to all "Taking Flight" participants at the FON Conference and the issues raised were featured in the presentations throughout Carolinian Canada Day.

The full text of the document is available to download from this website.  
Summary Only (93 kb) or Full Text (216 kb)

Archives — 2001


Natural Heritage Planning Conference

Results of a conference held May 2001 in London to examine the issues related to the Natural Heritage Reference Manual (OMNR) and its application.  Natural Heritage Planning Conference Proceedings Copies available by mail from Carolinian Canada. ($5.00)

Archives — 2000


Buffers Best Evidence Conference

Results of a conference held May 2000 in London to examine the issues related to natural heritage buffers.   Buffers Best Evidence Conference Proceedings (2,401kb)