Monthly Archives: April 2020

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

The staff and Board of Directors of the Hamilton Conservation Foundation would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who have helped our organization to thrive in recent years. Whether you and your children came out to plant trees, you helped to organize a fundraising event with the Friends of Westfield or you sat on one of our committees, thank you!

We very much appreciate all of the wonderful people who help us do far more than we would otherwise be able to.

Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority donation to restore habitat at Fifty Point CA with native species plantings

Trees at Fifty Point Conservation Area offer vital natural habitat to migratory songbirds along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

A donation from Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority is helping Fifty Point CA to rebuild its tree canopy after dozens of mature trees were lost to the emerald ash-borer. Most of the trees were located within a 2.5 hectare area of land. The Port Authority donation of $5,000 will be used to plant native trees and shrubs on 1.5 hectares and create a pollinator meadow on the remaining hectare.

In addition to hosting a marina, campground and beach, Fifty Point CA is also a vital piece of natural land along an increasingly-developed Lake Ontario shoreline. A number of migratory songbird species, including Species at Risk, have been spotted at Fifty Point.

Tribute Tree program honours loved ones

A display board in the Thomas A. Beckett Living Forest in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area explains the Tribute Tree program.

Last spring, the Foundation was proud to unveil our new Tribute Tree program with the help of our lead donors at the Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home – Ancaster Chapel. The program helps donors to recognize a friend or loved one with a donation in support native tree and shrub plantings. Those plantings take place where they are needed most on conservation lands across the Hamilton watershed. The donations, however, are recognized in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on signs in the Thomas A. Beckett Living Forest.

To date, the program has raised over $19,000 for native species plantings, vastly exceeding our initial expectations. While the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic prevents us from hosting volunteer plantings right now, we look forward to putting these funds to work in the months to come.

To everyone who chosen our program to honour a friend or loved one: thank you!

To find out more about our Tribute Tree program, please, click here.