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Our lawsuit on neonics will be heard!

Long-horned bee; Credit: Diana Troya

Today we were granted the right to speak up for Ontario’s wild pollinators. In a David and Goliath scenario, we entered federal court last week to fight for the right to have our case heard.

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Sun’s out, apps out: Our Digital Bioblitz starts today!

Whether your summer adventures are already underway or just on the horizon, we’re asking you to participate in our Digital BioBlitz – a new take on the traditional BioBlitz. We’re bringing people together from across Ontario to use our new atlas app to record more reptile and amphibian sightings.

Here’s how you can participate:

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Top 10 reasons for protected areas

Credit: Christopher Woo; CC BY 2.0

In 2010, Canada and the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed to protecting at least 17 per cent of the world’s lands and inland waters by 2020. With the percentage of protected areas in Ontario currently at just over 10 percent, it’s time for an all-out effort to meet the target. Here’s why:

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Flitter, flutter, here come the butterflies of spring and summer!

mourning cloak; Credit: Jenna Siu

As I walked through the forest on a warm spring afternoon, I saw a dark creature flutter by. It was a mourning cloak butterfly! As I looked around, I saw more butterflies. A skittish eastern comma was feeding on sap from a sugar maple, while another sunned itself on the ground below the leafless canopy. My first butterfly sightings of 2017!

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Protecting and cultivating a great Ontario treasure

The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure

c/o Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s Brenna Owen sits down to chat with author Burkhard Mausberg, on the launch of his new book The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure.

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