In June, Environment Canada released the 2012 Canadian Nature Survey.
This survey is the first national survey of its kind in Canada in over 15 years. It provides evidence for the significant contribution that nature makes to the national economy and individual Canadians’ quality of life. To enrich our understanding of the importance of nature to Canadians, the survey measures their awareness, participation and investments in a wide range of nature-based activities. Results are shown not only for the national level but also for each province and territory.
Relevance to Pacific Parklands Foundation
The largest section of the survey asked respondents to report on their participation in more than 30 different nature-based activities. Eighty-nine percent of Canadian adults participated in some form of nature-based activity. The most popular activity was one widely enjoyed in our beautiful regional parks system – picnicking or relaxing in nature (71%).
Another interesting statistic is that Canadians who engaged in watching, monitoring, feeding, filming or photographing birds (birding) did so for an average of 133 total days per participant, more than for any other single activity (not surprising considering many avid birders visit our regional parks)!
See the full survey here.
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