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Top 4 reasons why vernal pools merit our attention on World Wetlands Day

Vernal Pool; Credit: Scott Gillingwater

Vernal pool; Credit: Scott Gillingwater

In honour of World Wetlands Day on February 2, let’s pay tribute to vernal pools. Due to their small size and transient nature, vernal pools are a type of wetland that is easily overlooked. While brimming with water in spring, they may be nothing more than a dry, isolated, depression on the forest floor by summer.

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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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Municipal politics all wet when it comes to wetlands

Credit: Tim Hagen

Credit: Tim Hagen

It seems like wetlands still can’t get any respect from many municipal politicians in Southern Ontario. A case in point: The Town of Georgina in York Region is bending over backward to ensure 30-year-old development approvals for a mobile home park that would destroy a provincially significant wetland are not extinguished.

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Greenbelt hanging in the balance

Add your voice to grow the Greenbelt and stop decades-old sprawl

Last Chance to Defend the Greater Golden Horseshoe

This petition is now closed.

End date: Oct 31, 2016

Signatures collected: 2252

Signature goal: 800

2,252 signatures

Now is our final chance to tell the Ontario government to take the lead to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Important decisions will be made in the coming months. Add your voice by telling the government you want a stronger landscape, stronger laws and a stronger legacy for this region.

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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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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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Who Cares About Wetlands?

Paddle from Four Mile Lake to Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve; Credit: Kawartha Field Naturalists

As it turns out, you do.

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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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