Fowlers Toad, Photo - S.Gillingwater
Be My Wild Valentine: 1,000 acts of love in Carolinian Canada. This February the
birds and bees are getting a big green valentine from Carolinian Canada's Grow Wild!
supporters. It's enough to thaw the frozen heart of this endless winter. How do
I love thee? Let me count the trees...
"Passion and commitment are the hallmarks of a good valentine," recounts Bronwen
Buck, Carolinian Canada Outreach Coordinator. "Our members know passion!"
Carolinian Canada works with over 150 partner groups to address habitat issues from
Toronto to Windsor. This region, the Carolinian Zone, has over 500 rare species
and habitats, making it Canada's number one 'biodiversity hotspot'. Through the
Grow Wild! program, citizens are increasing their green impact.
Everyone has a different reason to Grow Wild! Youth want to save wildlife.
Grandparents think about leaving a legacy. Farmers want to protect soil quality.
Municipal leaders envision communities with clean air and water for all. Community
groups can 'sponsor' an action for a local wild species or natural area close to
"We've surpassed our initial goal to collect over 1000 pledges to support healthy
ecosystems," explained Jennifer van Overbeeke, Grow Wild! Coordinator and
Metcalf Foundation Intern. "Pledges range from braking for Foxsnakes in Chatham-Kent,
helping to survey wildlife in Elgin County or choosing native plants to support
the birds 'n the bees."
"What people share with us is heartwarming," adds Buck. "They tell us they spend
hundreds of hours exploring, planting a pollinator garden or creating a green oasis
in their backyard. Their stories inspire and empower others to think beyond recycling
for healthier communities."
The love goes both ways. The team has valentines to share from local groups that
helped to pilot the program, emphasizing it is free to join. A voluntary action
is all we need to count you in.
- Explore local nature and discover why two-lip (tulip) trees are better than none
at Heartland Forest in Niagara.
- Grow a native plant and let love blossom all around the Rotary EcoTrail in Chatham-Kent.
- Save a frog. Leave me alone and I'll hop into your heart forever at the Dorchester
While it will be a challenge to secure a "happily ever after" for some of the rarest
of species, Grow Wild! shows how many people care to create a greener future
for southwestern Ontario. "It would be wonderful to count in thousands more!" notes
See more acts of love and share your love in many ways at
www.growwild.ca or #ccgrowwild. Discover challenges and win prizes at www.facebook.com/caroliniancanada.
Count Yourself In!
The Carolinian Canada team thanks all who have pledged their love for nature. We
would like to acknowledge the Government of Ontario's generous assistance to this
project as well as the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Environment Canada and TD Friends
of the Environment and many, many habitat partners.
About Carolinian Canada Coalition
Since 1984, Carolinian Canada Coalition, now a registered charity, has been a leading
ecoregional group in Canada. Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, the Carolinian
Life Zone of southern Ontario is among North America's most vibrant and fragile
ecoregions. We bring together diverse sectors, people and governments to collaboratively
steward this unique habitat network, the green infrastructure to support thriving
wild and human communities in harmony for generations.