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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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Click here to protect your share.

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