Established in 1970, the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) works to protect public lands in the National Capital Region. After a group of concerned citizens got wind of major development plans for Gatineau Park, the chapter was formed and today is completely engaged in the issues surrounding wilderness protection in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

CPAWS is the only national charitable organization of its kind here in Canada and is dedicated to the protection of public land and water and goes to great lengths to ensure our parks are managed properly, ensuring that the nature within them is protected. This organization has played a leading role in protecting over a half a million square kilometres in Canada with the hopes of preserving public land and waterways for future generations.


The Ottawa Valley Chapter of CPAWS has planned a fantastic evening for nature lovers and avid birders to take part in this Thursday evening as they present their Boreal Birds & The Ottawa Valley event, taking place at the University of Ottawa’s Tabaret Hall.

The event is headlined with two esteemed speakers: Michael Runtz and Jeff Wells, PhD. Michael Runtz is one of Canada’s most respected naturalists, natural history authors and nature photographer. His Natural History course taught at Carleton University has been enjoyed by over 40,000 students since its inception and has grown to become the most popular course of its type in Canada.

Jeff Wells, PhD is a household name to many in the birding arena and plays a leading role as one of Canada’s most recognizable conservation biologists. With a teaching stint at Cornell University and his time spent as the Director of Bird Conservation with the National Audubon Society, Jeff continues to spend his days protecting the land where North American birds live and has a number of successful publications on birds to his credit.

For more information on this informative evening, be sure to check out the Ottawa Valley Chapter of CPAWS. Tickets are available for just $15 a piece, but space is limited, so be sure to purchase them ahead of time if you plan on taking in this informative and educational evening.


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