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Nurturing young nature champions in N.B.

 

Nature NB’s Nature Champions Program aims not only to protect the natural habitat of birds, butterflies and other pollinators, but also to address “nature deficit disorder in youth,” says Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Executive Director, Nature NB.

Funded by TD FEF, in 2014, the program offered 180 students aged 8 to 16 the opportunity to help build 27 bird and bat houses and three native bird and pollinator gardens at the Lincoln Elementary Community School in Lincoln, N.B., and Barker’s Point School and the Hyla Nature Preserve in Fredericton.

The wildlife structures provide shelter for birds and bats, while the gardens offer food and nesting sites for pollinating bees, butterflies and birds (for more on the importance of pollination, read our blog on “Pollinator Power”

“By directly involving youth in the process, it will be giving them the opportunity to get outside and involved in their natural environment… [creating] a more ecologically aware generation,” says Roy-McDougall.

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