In May 2015, with funding from the Region of Waterloo, TD’s Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the University of Waterloo, WRN began the EcoPosts initiative. EcoPosts aims to inform the public about Waterloo Region’s natural heritage, and will encourage folk to explore the outdoors. The project will achieve this through informative signs placed in various natural areas. Using an EcoPost’s QR code and a smart phone or tablet, a user will be able to quickly access a website with information on the natural features of the area. Each web page accessed also informs the viewer of nearby areas of interest (both natural areas and other features). The website will be accessible to people of all ages, and can also be used at home as a resource on Waterloo region’s natural heritage. The web page also has a form for user input, about species sightings, management issues etc.
Waterloo Region Nature co-sponsors the Wonders of Nature Festival in conjunction with Kitchener's Natural Areas Program.
In Oct 2015 we wrote to the City of Burlington expressing our concern regarding the effect of the proposed construction of a permanent wave break and expansion of the marina in LaSalle Park on the overwintering population of trumpeter swans in the area. The trumpeter swan population in LaSalle Park constitutes a very significant proportion of the still-fragile Ontario population of trumpeter swans which has recently been restored from extirpation.
In 2014 we wrote a letter to the federal government asking them to suspend the use of neonicotinoid pesticides as research continued to show a strong link between use of these pesticides and pollinator decline.
Peregrine Nest Box
In February 2015 we donated the money needed to build a light-weight nest box to put on the CTV tower in Kitchener where the pair of downtown resident Peregrine Falcons hatched and successfully fledged four chicks.
Pollinator Information Session
In April 2015 we paid to rent a theatre for a Sierra Club Canada information session on pollinators and the risks to them from neonicotinoid pesticides.
Past Donations from our Sanctuary Fund
- In 2016 we gave $1000 to Ontario Nature to help acquire the Sydenham River Nature Reserve.
- In 2015 we gave $10,000 to the Thames Talbot Land Trust to help acquire the Hawk Cliff Woods property.
- In 2014 we gave $3,000 to Ontario Nature to help acquire additional land in the Lost Bay Nature Reserve.
- In 2013 we gave $10,000 to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to help acquire three properties - Silent Valley, Fairmount-Webwood Passage and Duntroon Crevice Heights.
- In 2006 we gave $1,000 to the Hamilton Field Naturalists to help with the mortgage on Cartwright Nature Sanctuary.
- In 2004 we gave $25,000 to Cruickston Charitable Research Reserve to help pay the mortgage at what is now known as the rare Charitable Research Reserve.
- In 1999 we gave $20,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to acquire land near Morrisburg.
- In 1988/89 there were some small donations of $110 to Backus Woods, $35 to Forests for Tomorrow and $100 to Long Point Bird Observatory.
- In 1986 we gave $3,000 to Hamilton Conservation Authority for part of Crieff Bog near Puslinch - Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve.
- In 1985 we gave $3,000 towards the Stone Road Alvar on Pelee Island.
- In 1962 F.W.R. Dickson Wilderness Area south of Cambridge was purchased and later donated to the Grand River Conservation Authority.
- In 1964 Bannister Marsh and Wrigley Lake (near Cambridge) were preserved through our cooperation with the GRCA.
- In 1967 the Founders’ Wildlife Sanctuary near Roseville was acquired.
- In 1973 the F.H. Montgomery Wildlife Sanctuary on the Nith River near New Dundee was acquired.