Preparing for winter can be a bit dreary, so here's some great news that will make you more cheery. In this e-newsletter you can read about:

  • A New Nature Reserves that you helped protect
  • Black River Wildlands Corridor update
  • Nature Counts
  • Upcoming events
  • and more!

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Protecting nature for future generations
New Nature Reserve Protected

The Pitts and Milligan Property has now been protected!

Thanks to the help of generous support of the families of John Pitts and Kathleen Milligan, numerous community members, The Echo Foundation and The Gosling Foundation, this 185 acre property is now protected.

“Protecting this mix of forest, wetland and headwaters benefits our entire community,” said Mark Bisset, Executive Director of The Couchiching Conservancy. “Creating corridors of connected wilderness is a critical goal of our work. Having land set aside from development is an imperative part of the solution to our collective climate crisis. Adding untouched wilderness to our network of Nature Reserves, and other protected places is something that helps us all.”

The Pitts & Milligan property is the first protected since the launch of the Black River Wildlands Corridor Campaign in August. With your help, we are working to create new protected areas, and build a corridor of connected wilderness. There are other parcels currently going through the acquisition process. These parcels are selected for protection based on their ecological values, connections to other protected areas, prevalence of Species at Risk and other factors.
Giving Tuesday is December 3rd!
GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.
Supporter Spotlight: David Cowl
Volunteer and Supporter
David Cowl has been a long time nature lover and has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of The Couchiching Conservancy since he joined just over a year ago.

" When I retired I wanted to find a volunteer activity that focused on environmental protection. I was looking for a hands on opportunity. I was looking for an opportunity to learn and grow. The Conservancy trains its’ volunteers and offers a wide variety of projects to get involved in. It was a natural fit."

David is involved in many Citizen Science programs from frog call monitoring, salamander and vernal pool monitoring, to land stewarding on the Agnew Easement. David is also an Ambassador and has volunteered at many events this past summer.

"My first trip to the Copeland Forest to find the vernal pools assigned to me as a Citizen Scientist. I didn’t need a GPS unit. All I had to do was listen for the calls of the wood frogs and spring peepers. Finding my first egg masses was exciting and rewarding.Toby and I installed salamander boards around these pools later in the summer. When we turned them in the fall we discovered that both Eastern Redback and Spotted salamanders inhabit the area. The memorial event for Angela with the Canadian Conservation Corps was a very heart warming experience."
Phone: 705-326-1620
Mail: Box 704, Orillia, ON L3V 0X6
Office: 1485 Division Rd W, Orillia, ON L3V 6H2
Charitable Registration #: 13972 5030 RR0001