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Are we running
out of time?

Biodiversity is the variety of life in the world or habitat. But this clockdiversity is shrinkng fast as animals and plants are affected by human activity.

Species extinction is now occuring, according to some, at an estimated rate of 160 a day, or about one every nine minutes.

Wholesale species loss, which researchers say is possible, will be devastating to the planet, the natural world, and to the future of human society. Add there may be not much time to reverse the trend.

Discover more about biodiversity.

The Worldwide Conversation



Biodiversity and habitat loss largely due to human activities have driven the planet Earth, the home of all living things including us, on to the brink of irreversible destruction. The current trend of climate change that threatens the livelihood of all living things is another human caused global problem. Biodiversity Conservancy joins the worldwide effort to undertake programs contributing to the preservation of species, habitats, the environment and the life support systems on the planet Earth.

We are active in 3 main areas


Educational Programs

We promote wider knowledge and understanding of biodiversity issues through talks, presentations, media contact, social networks and this web site.

Snake demonstration

Presentations to schools and community colleges form an important part of our work.

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Conservation Projects

We undertake specific conservation projects to help protect important habitats and species. One of our major projects involves the reclamation of a unique sand dune complex within the Ottawa city limits (Canada).


Learn more about the Pinhey Sand Dunes and our other projects.



We publish the Journal Biodiversity, a peer-reviewed publication to help disseminate scientific information in this critical field.

Biodiversity Journal

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We also participate in international conferences and are active in the scientific and research communities.



The Milbert’s Robber Fly & Antlion Tour

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - Time 10:00 AM - Noon
Where: The Pinhey Sand Dunes @ Pineland Ave. & Vaan Dr. just east of Woodroffe Ave. and north of Slack Rd., Nepean, Ontario, Canada.
Admission: Free.
What to bring: A hat, a camera, sun screen and water.
Weather: Sunny or partly cloudy - no tour on a rainy day. Please check for update information.

Come out and enjoy the serene beauty of the Pinhey Sand Dunes in the early morning. You will walk the dunes with Biodiversity Conservancy scientists to see and learn the life history of the dune dwelling organisms. Particularly during this tour you will observe the giant fly nearly 2 inches long known as the Milbert’s Robber Fly, Proctacanthus milbertii Macquart and the Antlion, Myrmeleon immaculatus (DeGeer). These two species are voracious predators. The “Robbers” catch large prey (yellow jacket wasps, honey and bumble bees ... ) in flight and the “Lions” build pit traps on sand to capture ants and small crawling insects.

This is one of the “See & Learn” topics of the Spring & Summer Educational Program provided by Biodiversity Conservancy Sand Dune Team to promote conservation of the unique sand dune habitats and biodiversity in the National Capital Greenbelt. The program is carried out in collaboration with the National Capital Commission with funding support from the Ontario Trillum Foundation, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Ottawa’s Community Environmental Project Grant Program.



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Biodiversity Conservancy International receives funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and The City of Ottawa (Community Environmental Project Grant Program CEPGP), for which we are most gratetful. But that can only take the work so far. We rely on volunteers and donors. All donations are tax deductible. See how you can help.