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Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario’s Cap and Trade System

Photo credit: Brent Eades Photo credit: Brent Eades

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario’s Cap and Trade System

The stakes are high for plants and animals

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Climate change presents a serious threat to biodiversity – across the planet and right here at home.

Scientists are telling us:

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Giving Tuesday: Help us protect Ontario’s wild pollinators!

copy-of-after-black-friday-comesOntario’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.

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Youth are creating a buzz

Ontario Nature's Youth Council, November 2016

Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, November 2016

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.

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Let’s Support Ontario’s Wild Pollinators

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Brown-belted bumblebee; Credit: Diana Troya

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.

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Test your knowledge on Ontario’s pollinators

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Cleaning up the Bruce Peninsula shoreline

Credit: Smera Sukumar

Credit: Smera Sukumar

On a pleasantly windy day on the north Bruce Peninsula, volunteers and conservation staff gathered at Baptist Harbour Nature Reserve to clean up the shoreline. With water lapping at the dolostone, shorebirds flying overhead and the orange cedars surrounding us, we explored the property in search of washed up garbage and evidence of dumping.

Baptist Harbour Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife,

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Help protect wetlands

Wye Marsh, photo credit: A. Delray, The Forest Vixen

Wye Marsh, photo credit: A. Delray, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Add your voice to end wetland woes and help protect wetlands

Help protect wetlands

This petition is now closed.

End date: Nov 16, 2016

Signatures collected: 160

Signature goal: 1000

160 signatures

Prior to the 2014 provincial election, Premier Kathleen Wynne pledged to reverse wetland loss by 2025. Accordingly, the Province has proposed a new wetland conservation strategy, which is open for public comment until November 16, 2016. The strategy, however, is not up to the task of protecting and recovering Ontario’s wetlands. Given weak overall targets, loose commitments and the failure to earmark areas for government investment, it is a recipe for inaction and delay.

The overarching target of the proposed strategy is to achieve no net loss of wetlands by 2030. This means accepting ongoing wetland loss for the next 14 years. This target is woefully short of the Premier’s pledge. Considering the immense value of wetlands, the history of loss and the urgent need to protect them this is nothing short of ridiculous.

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Antler flies and the moose antler – an ecosystem unto itself!

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Moose antler with drawn-on antler fly territory grid, CREDIT: Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

Figure 1. Moose antler with drawn-on antler fly territory grid, CREDIT: Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

You’re out for a walk in the woods and come across a dropped moose antler. In your excitement you pick-up the hefty piece of bone and think about taking it home, mounting it on your wall, placing it on the mantelpiece, or stashing it in the garage to collect dust, but is that really a good idea?

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