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Protection for migratory birds must include their habitats

barn swallow; Credit: Noah Cole

barn swallow; Credit: Noah Cole

This year marks two important milestones: Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial, and nature lovers mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA). Enacted in 1917, one year after Canada and the United States signed the Migratory Birds Convention – the first international treaty on wildlife conservation – this important legislation is designed to protect at-risk migratory birds. However, unless the stopover and nesting sites these birds depend on are protected, there will be little to celebrate.

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MPP Julia Munro celebrates 15 years of Oak Ridges Moraine protection

Celebrating 15 years of protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine at Queen's Park.

Celebrating 15 years of protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine at Queen’s Park.

On Monday we were honoured to have Julia Munro, MPP from York-Simcoe stand in the provincial legislature to commemorate the 15 anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

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At long last, an end to the snapping turtle hunt

Snapping turtle; Credit: Jory Mullen

Credit: Jory Mullen

It has been a long time coming. Alongside our members, supporters, member groups and partners, Ontario Nature spent years trying to convince the Government of Ontario to end the hunting of snapping turtles, a species at risk. And finally, on Friday March 31, the government announced its decision to terminate the hunt. This was the only correct decision in light of irrefutable scientific evidence that snapping turtles cannot be sustainably hunted. Taking just one or two adults from a population on a yearly basis will lead to decline.

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How AWARE Simcoe won federal protection for the Nottawasaga River

Montgomery Rapids

Montgomery Rapids in winter; Credit:Gary Christie c/o Nottawasaga Steelheaders

We at AWARE Simcoe recently learned that a campaign we started in 2013 had borne fruit: the Navigation Protection Act (NPA) had been amended to include protection for the Nottawasaga River, largely because the people who used and cherished the river demanded it.

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Top 5 reasons to end the snapping turtle hunt

snapper

Well, here we are again, still talking about hunting snapping turtles, despite all the evidence. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing a new policy to limit yet continue the hunting of snapping turtles. This compromise response to the widespread, scientifically supported call to end the hunt is simply not appropriate. Here’s why:

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