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Gordon and Patricia Gray have enjoyed a lifetime of success. Achieving financial eminence through real estate and real estate development, the couple has always been strong advocates of philanthropic activity and community service. Now in their senior years, and their five children successful each in their own right, the couple is grateful to be able to contribute to the care and survival of not only the planet's popular wildlife causes, but also to all needy animals, and the exceptional people who dedicate their lives to their care.

The Foundation carefully checks all potential recipients to ensure that grants are effectively placed with the most deserving and ethical organizations.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO U.S. and INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:

Due to current Canadian tax regulations, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Animal Welfare Foundation regrets that we are unable to make grants to charities which are not registered in Canada. Things may change in the future.

We appreciate your support and wish you great success in your very worthy endeavours.

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HAPPY WILDLIFE SUCCESS TALES <See article and slideshow>

Some highlights on our journey with the world's wildlife.

Also visit the "Testimonial" and "Portfolio" pages (links at the top of this page) for more success stories of ALL donees, including those from Asia, Africa, and the United States.

 

 


THE NATURE CONSERVANCY CANADA ACKNOWLEDGES THE GORDON AND PATRICIA GRAY ANIMAL WELFARE FOUNDATION


Saving the birds on the Rice Lake Plains

 
Red-headed woodpecker (Photo by David Fast)

Red-headed woodpecker (Photo by David Fast)

When you think of grasslands you probably picture the wide-open prairie of southern Saskatchewan. You might picture these expanses dotted with bison or pairs of pronghorn. You probably don't think of southern Ontario.

Yet, here in Ontario we have our very own prairie ecosystem. And while we might not have the iconic megafauna of the west, Ontario's tall grass prairie is habitat for a variety of interesting and at-risk species.

The black oak savanna and tallgrass prairie ecosystem is one of the most endangered in the world. In the Great Lakes region, less than one per cent of this important natural habitat remains.

Historically, Ontario's tall grass prairies and savannas were maintained by fires, both natural and set by Indigenous peoples, which suppressed the growth of trees and shrubs and allowed tall grass prairie species to flourish. Since European settlement, these fires have been reduced, and much of the land has been converted for agricultural and development purposes.

The Rice Lake Plains, located on the eastern side of the Oak Ridges Moraine, is home to some of the largest black oak savanna and tallgrass prairie remnants in the Great Lakes region. Once dominated by native grasses such as big bluestem, little bluestem and switchgrass, wildflowers such as butterfly milkweed, wild bergamot and slender blazingstar, and trees such as the iconic black oak, the Rice Lake Plains have fallen victim to fire suppression and invasive species.

This is where the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) comes in.

Since 2001, NCC has been working to conserve and enhance the tall grass prairie of the Rice Lake Plains by acquiring remnant habitats and then restoring them through a prescribed burn program and customized stewardship efforts, including invasive species removal and the planting and seeding of native prairie grasses.

These habitat restoration activities are critical to ensuring that many of the rare species, such as ghost tiger beetle, prairie buttercup, wild lupine and eastern hog-nosed snake, continue to have the habitat they need to thrive. The area is also home to numerous grassland bird species, which are experiencing steep population declines throughout North America.

It is through strong partnerships that NCC has been able to continue to steward and expand the Rice Lake Plains. One of these partnerships is the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative (RLPJI), an organization of 11 partners working together to protect and restore key sites on the Rice Lake Plains and to promote the long-term sustainability of the tall grass prairie and savanna habitat. A growing network of Conservation Volunteers committed to tall grass restoration has been generated through this partnership.

Another partnership is with the Gordon and Patricia Gray Animal Welfare Foundation. Started by Gordon Gray, former president and chairman of Royal LePage, and his family, this foundation is dedicated to protecting species across the globe.

"We decided that saving the world's nature  the animals, the fish and the birds  is more important than anything else," said Gordon Gray about his family's foundation.

Working with NCC, however, was a departure from the animal welfare work that the foundation usually supports.

"We thought about it a lot, because it was quite a departure from the direct things we do," said Mr. Gray. "But we became convinced that acquiring land was a good way to ensure that significant wildlife species not disappear."

In 2014, the Grays decided to support NCC's work on the Rice Lake Plains to protect habitat for grassland birds and other species. Their gift helped NCC secure the 36-acre (14.5-hectare) North Burns property, which is important for many species, including the eastern hog-nosed snake and eastern whip-poor-will.

"If you can't get a hold of the land, you can't preserve nature," said Mr. Gray.

 

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