Friday, January 30, 2009

Invitation to a fundraising event for Ontario Nature's Northern Boreal Forest Campaign

As one of the Board of Directors for Ontario Nature, I wanted to let everyone know about a fundraising event that Ontario Nature is holding.

You are invited to a Green Tea on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 on behalf of Ontario Nature’s work to save wildlife habitat in the Northern Boreal Forest.

This vast, world-significant Forest is Canada’s last frontier. It encompasses crucial habitat for endangered species and is the nesting ground for millions of north American songbirds.

Your $100 ticket is your important individual contribution to help Ontario Nature maximize Premier McGuinty’s pledge of protection for half the Northern Boreal.

Help us conserve the vast tracts of forest required by species such as the endangered Woodland Caribou, so future Canadians can enjoy seeing these iconic animals in the wild not just on the reverse of the Canadian 25-cent piece. Help us safeguard the nesting habitats of our warblers and other beautiful songbirds.

This is a cause that should resonate with every Toronto-area resident who thrills to spring birdsong as the migration passes through each year.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, author of Silence of the Songbirds, a passionate expert on songbird decline. She will entrance you with her photos of birds and her astounding radar images of bird migration over the Great Lakes. You’ll see the clouds of birds descend into Toronto’s ravines, parks and backyards to rest before their long flight north to mate and nest.

Our Tea sponsors are Isabel Bassett, former Ontario cabinet minister and former chair of TVOntario, and Rosemary Speirs, past-president of Ontario Nature and a former journalist. We assure you that every dollar of your ticket is going to Ontario Nature.

Ontario Nature is one of Canada’s most respected conservation organizations, with 142 affiliated clubs across the province. We maintain a Boreal Program office in Thunder Bay and our campaigners work with First Nations and local communities in building support for conservation north of the 51st parallel. Because we are a registered charity, you will get a tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount.

Please share this invitation with friends, family, and high-school age children, and bring them with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Please RSVP to Chemayne D'Souza at chemayned@ontarionature.org by February 2, 2009. Tickets can be purchased by cheque made out to Ontario Nature and sent to Chemayne D’Souza, Ontario Nature, 366 Adelaide Street West, Suite 201, Toronto, M5V 1R9. You may also pay by credit card by calling Chemayne at 416.444.8419 ext. 271.

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