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Wildlife in Jeopardy Game

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How much do you know about Ontario’s species at risk? Play our Wildlife in Jeopardy game to test your knowledge and learn more about Ontario Nature’s Endangered Species Act lawsuit against the Government of Ontario.

How to play: Like the popular TV game show, choose your category and respond to the answers in the form of a question. Example – A: This orange and black butterfly depends on milkweed. Q: What is the monarch butterfly?

Work your way through the questions and tally the points for the ones you answer correctly. Compete with friends by sharing the blog and your scores on social media! Don’t forget to tag us: @ontarionature

Click here to play.

For our Water – It’s time to protect Ontario’s Bluebelt!

Cook’s Bay in Simcoe County, CREDIT: Joe Mabel

Cook’s Bay in Simcoe County, CREDIT: Joe Mabel

The momentum that’s building around growing the Greenbelt (#GrowOurGB) couldn’t come at a better time. The provincial government is currently discussing where and by how much our Greenbelt will grow.

Last week, I attended a meeting in Barrie where 150+ people had gathered to discuss Greenbelt growth in Simcoe County. The event, Bluebelt/Greenbelt: Simcoe’s Watershed Moment had a palpable energy as the newly formed Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition brought together community members, local experts, farmers and elected officials representing all levels of government. The motivating discussion focused on how the Greenbelt can help protect valuable water resources – a unifying issue for a community that is so deeply connected to Lake Simcoe.

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Reflecting back on 2015


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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Who will stand up for wetlands?

Credit: Rusty Clark

Pickerel weed in wetland, credit: Rusty Clark CC BY 2.0

Since I began volunteering for Ontario Nature last year, I have learned a lot about Ontario’s species at risk. Recently, I discovered that more than 20 percent rely on wetlands for survival.

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Turning teens into citizen scientists

Guided hike photo by Mallory Vanier.

Guided hike photo by Mallory Vanier.

One of the most challenging aspects of outreach is capturing and maintaining your audience’s attention. This is especially true when your audience is a group of high school students who are attending an obligatory event. The challenge is well-worth it, however, when you succeed in turning teens on to something new.

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