Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Biodiversity Nature Day at Springbank Park!

MEDIA/PHOTO OP ALERT July 17, 2010 Interests: Environment, Community Event Kids of all ages, and their families, are invited to join Ontario Nature, Ontario Power Generation, the Upper Thames Conservation Authority and the City of London to learn about nature and conservation at Springbank Park for Biodiversity Nature Day, a hands-on, interactive family conservation event. Where: Springbank Park in London, Ontario. 1148-1260 Commissioners Road West, between Boler Road and Springbank Drive (watch for signs) When: Sunday, July 17, 2010, 11:00am - 3:00pm What: Themed tents with activities for all ages, including:
  • Endangered Species: Learn about Ontario's most endangered wildlife and how you can help protect them.
  • Keeping Our Water Clean: Aquatic biologists tell you about the tiny creatures that live in the water and what they reveal about the health of our water systems.
  • Bird Houses: Staff will show you how to make a unique home for avian visitors.
  • Seeds: Free native seed packets (one per family) filled with plant species that attract butterflies.
  • Forests: Learn all about urban tree planting, community forestry and the best trees to plant in your area.
  • Watershed Report Cards: We depend on our watersheds for clean water. Find out which areas of the Upper Thames River watershed get a passing grade and which areas got a "F" and why.
  • Environmental Education: Education staff will be on hand to answer all your nature questions. Staff will also present an exhibit on freshwater mussels, a highly endangered, yet very important and complex group of aquatic species.
  • And lots more!
OPG Biodiversity is a series of conservation-focused, family-friendly events sponsored by Ontario Power Generation in partnership with Ontario Nature, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Earth Rangers, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Rouge Park and Trees Ontario. Its goal is to spread the word about protecting and conserving biodiversity in our urban parklands and forest ecosystems, making it easy for people to get involved with the environment and help fight climate change. OPG Biodiversity is part of OPG's commitment to conserve, sustain and protect nature. For further information on these and other upcoming events, visit opgbiodiversity.ca or www.ontarionature.org. For further information on these and other upcoming events scheduled as part of OPG Biodiversity 2010, visit www.opgbiodiversity.ca. - 30 - For event inquiries, please contact: Victoria Foote, Director of Communications, Ontario Nature (416) 444-8419 ext. 238; victoriaf@ontarionature.org For media inquiries, please contact: OPG Media Desk 1.877.592.4008 www.ontarionature.org www.opgbiodiversity.ca

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