Recent Projects 

The following projects are examples of the work of the Foundation in meeting its mandate.

The Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP) -March, 2012

Furthering its support of the appreciation and protection of plant biodiversity, the Foundation prompted and provided support for the establishment of the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP)   based within the Plant Agriculture Department at the University of Guelph.

From its interest and support of Elm Recovery, the Foundation has pursued the promise of developing and applying new technology in plant propagation.  It has supported the work of Dr. Praveen Saxena and his colleagues who have developed tissue culture techniques that have the potential to preserve, multiply and conserve our native elms and hundreds of threatened plant species.  

GRIPP is an international, interdisciplinary institute that focuses on: in vitro preservation and propagation of endangered plant species, support of graduate and post graduate student research and education, support to academic institutions, horticultural and agri-food industries and government programs.  

Henry Kock Propagation Centre

In recognition of the work of the late Henry Kock, the Foundation provided support for the Henry Kock Propagation Centre, Arboretum, University of Guelph. With his trademark humour, energy and passion, Henry advanced the practice of naturalized gardening, protection of native species of plants and spearheaded many initiatives such as the Elm Recovery Project. See http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2010/10/gosling-foundation-builds-a-living-legacy/

Atlantic Canada Butterfly Atlas

Initiated in 2010, the Atlantic Canada Butterfly Atlas is the first for non-vertebrates in Canada. The Foundation has provided funding to help expand the activities of the Atlas to utilize opportunities for learning about these fascinating colourful creatures and engage more people in this citizen science initiative.  See http://accdc.com/mba/index-mba.html

Exploring Win-Win Opportunities for Shrikes and Landowners

A new program of the Couchiching Conservancy, a non-government, non-profit land trust, will reward landowners who maintain suitable habitat for nesting Loggerhead Shrikes in their last stronghold in Ontario, the Carden Plain. Encouraged with Gosling Foundations funding, discussions are currently underway to develop criteria, program sustainability options and mechanisms to acknowledge and support those who have the endangered shrike nesting on their land.

Bruce Trail Conservancy - Protecting Ecosystems along the Niagara Escarpment

The Foundation has supported the Conservancy as it strives to secure a publicly accessible conservation corridor while preserving natural ecosystems along the Niagara Escarpment. Foundation support in conjunction with that of other organizations has allowed for the protection of significant properties along this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. (http://brucetrail.org/)

Integrated Programs –Secondary Schools

Secondary school integrated programs use a learning delivery model that creates communities of learners with shared interests.  This model incorporates learning strategies consistent with recent research and provides a direction for secondary school reform.  The Foundation has provided start-up support for new programs with an environmental theme to assist those teachers taking leadership to apply this innovative model. Four-credit integrated programs evolved from outdoor education in Ontario and often have an environmental/natural history component, frequesntly taking place entirely outside of the home school, and integrate up to 4 subjects through an environmental theme.

Four-credit program best practice includes a business component. Typically the secondary students plan, organize and deliver a fieldtrip program for younger students, a valuable learning opportunity in itself. The funds realized from this are used to pay transportation, rental and program costs and ensure program stability.

For an example of this delivery model see the Community Environmental Leadership Program
 

Elm Recovery Project, Arboretum, University of Guelph

Restoring the majestic elm to its place in Ontario’s ecosystem is a long-term goal being advanced through this project at the Arboretum. The Foundation, through the insights of Susan Gosling, has been instrumental in linking the Elm project with plant tissue culture research activity. The goal of quickly generating many Dutch Elm disease resistant cultivars is in sight. This work has promise for many other tree species under various threats.
 

Local Land Stewardship Support -Community Foundations of Canada/Ontario Land Trust Partnership

This project links Community Foundations and Land Trusts at the local level to share their capacity in the support of local land protection efforts. These non-traditional partners will share expertise and networks to become more effective, initially directing their efforts to establish local stewardship endowment funds. This approach can be applied anywhere a local community foundation and land trust exist thus strengthening efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of acquired ecological properties. See http://www.cfc-fcc.ca/doc/whatsnew_docs/OLTAnationalrelease_final.doc

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) –Understanding and Appreciation of Bird Ecology

Gosling Foundation support through a three year grant has helped enhance and move youth education to become a core program at BSC.  With its significant experience and expertise in citizen science, BSC has linked this aspect of its work to environmental education through a number of programs that are increasingly being applied across Canada.  These include Christmas Bird Count for Kids, the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project NestWatch to name a few.   

Gosling Wildlife Gardens, Arboretum, University of Guelph

The Gosling Wildlife Gardens provide examples of naturalized urban landscapes which inspire homeowners to invite wildlife into their backyards. Over the years thousands of people have visited the gardens to see the different landscape plans and plant specimens. The scope of the Gosling Wildlife Gardens has expanded significantly with the development of its website.

Fatal Light Awareness Program

The Foundation supports the education and communication efforts of FLAP to reduce the needless mortality of birds caused by human structures and practices including unnecessary lighting, building structure and windows, domestic cats and other human activities.  Prevention activities are outlined on their website:  www.flap.org .

Member -Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network

The Foundation is an active member of CEGN. http://www.cegn.org/