We had a banner year for nature thanks to the strong support of our members, sponsors, friends and followers. Now we’re looking ahead! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the work we’ll be doing for nature in 2017.
As 2016 draws to a close, we’re thinking back to some of our major accomplishments for nature this past year. We could not have done it without our members, friends, followers, funders and sponsors. With your support, we continue to be Ontario’s leading organization protecting Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.
There are more than 100 Christmas Bird Counts in Ontario planned, of which more than 65 are affiliated with our Nature Network groups. This year, because of its diverse overwintering species and diverse habitat, I chose to volunteer and participate in the St. Catharines Area Christmas Bird Count, coordinated by members of the Peninsula Field Naturalists.
Ontario’s wild pollinators are in trouble. With populations currently experiencing sharp declines due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide exposure and disease, pollinators need your help now, before they disappear forever. Today, with your donation to our Giving Tuesday cause, you can help keep the buzz alive.
Over the last six years of working at Ontario Nature, one of my greatest prides has been initiating and supporting Ontario Nature’s Youth Council.
Now comprised of more than 90 members, one of the focuses for the Youth Council has been on wild pollinators and in 2014 they initiated a campaign to bring awareness to the issues leading to pollinator decline in Ontario and worldwide.
For most of us, the word ‘pollinator’ brings to mind non-native honeybees. Wild pollinators, however, are the most widespread and numerous of all pollinators. This includes native wild bees, wasps, flies, ants, butterflies, moths and certain beetles, birds and bats.