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Drawing a line to protect the few remaining wetlands in Niagara

wetlands in southern Ontario, credit: Sean Marshall CC BY NC 2.0

A beautiful southern Ontario wetland, credit: Sean Marshall CC BY NC 2.0

Today is World Wetlands Day – celebrated around the globe each year to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands. It is a perfect day to consider the storm that is brewing over wetlands in Niagara.

Wetlands provide critical habitat for wild plants and animals, including more than 20 percent of Ontario’s species at risk. They play a vital role purifying water, controlling floods, reducing erosion and mitigating climate change. These benefits, provided for free, are valued at over $51 billion per year in southern Ontario alone.

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Empowering Ontario’s young leaders

Held annually in September since 2010, the Youth Summit for Biodiversity is a weekend-long event that engages 100 young leaders from dozens of communities across the province. Planned and hosted by Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, it is a highlight of our Nature Guardians Youth Program. Hear directly from youth participants about how they were inspired.

Save the date for the 2016 Youth Summit on September 23-25, 2016.

Visit http://www.ontarionature.org/youthsummit to learn more.

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The year ahead

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Sleuthing for salamanders in 2015

We had a banner year for nature in 2015 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 planned for 2016.

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A shot in the dark

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Credit: Pierre Cardon

I received a call yesterday from an elderly gentleman living near Sault Ste. Marie. A life-long resident of northern Ontario and former hunter and prospector, he called to express his disapproval of Ontario’s proposal to address the decline of moose populations by killing more wolves and coyotes.

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Reflecting back on 2015

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Reflecting back
As 2015 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on 12 key things that we have accomplished for nature this past year. Thank you to all of our friends, followers, members, funders and sponsors. Without your support, we could not protect Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.

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