Running out of time to pick up a special gift for dad this Fathers Day? When you protect a share of the future Sydenham River Nature Reserve, you’ll be giving dad all kinds of rare gifts not available in stores.

Two-thirds of Canada’s non-marine reptiles — including the at-risk eastern spiny softshell turtle, northern map turtle, Blanding’s — along with probably a similar percentage of amphibian species — are found here.


Spiny softshell turtle — Status: Threatened; Photo Credit: Bernard Dupont, CC by SA 2.0

Crowley Eastern Foxsnake 4

Eastern foxnsnake — Status: Endangered (Carolinian population); Photo Credit: Joe Crowley

Half of Ontario’s bird species pass through the area during migration. Intact woodland like this is extremely rare.


Cerulean warbler — Status: Threatened; Photo Credit: DiaGraphic; CC by 2.0

Wood thrush

Wood thrush — Status: Threatened; Photo Credit: Kelly Colgan Azar, CC by-ND 2.

The tulip tree, along with the Kentucky coffee tree and the blue ash is a species only found here, in southwestern Ontario’s Carolinian Zone.

Tulip tree

Tulip tree; Photo Credit: Stiller Beobachter, CC by SA 2.0

The Sydenham River is home to some of the richest diversity of endangered and at-risk freshwater mussels in the world.

Snuffbox mussel — Status: Threatened; Photo Credit: USFWS, CC by 2.0


Monarch butterfly — Status: Special concern; Photo Credit: Andrea_44, CC by 2.0


Spotted gar — Status: Threatened; Photo Credit: Brian Gratwicke, CC by 2.0

Home to these rare species and more, 98% of this Carolinian habitat has already disappeared. This ribbon of water is one of the last remaining connected green corridors in southwestern Ontario.


As Ontario Nature’s first riverine nature reserve, you’ll be able to explore this extraordinary property by canoe!

This Father’s Day, share a piece of nature with dad and help protect this important piece of land forever.

Bonus: As part of the Canada Helps Great Canadian Giving Challenge, every dollar you donate in June qualifies us to win $10,000 towards the creation of the Sydenham River Nature Reserve.


Click here to protect your share.