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3 take-aways on neonics and pollinators


Photo credit: Virescent green metallic bee/Leslie Bol

On April 19, I woke up early, and braved the busy highways of the GTA to get to a very important conference. The International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, a group comprising 53 scientists from around the world, all working to study the environmental and health impacts of systemic pesticides, were presenting their research at York University.

Having been involved with the Ontario Nature Youth Council’s pollinator campaign, I was keen to learn about the issues of pesticide induced pollinator decline from this conference. Here are three things I learned at the symposium that I’d like to share.

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Greenbelt expansion is a legacy achievement – but it needs to be bigger and bolder

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On Tuesday, I headed to Mississauga’s Credit River for the government’s announcement on their proposed amendments to the plans that protect the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, and Niagara Escarpment, and guide growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).

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Sleuthing for Salamanders

Vernal pool at Altberg Nature Reserve, CREDIT: Noah Cole

Vernal pool at Altberg Nature Reserve, CREDIT: Noah Cole

After a warm winter and chilly start to spring, I joined my Ontario Nature co-workers at Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve for a good old-fashioned salamander sleuthing event, our first of the season. The Altberg reserve is a tranquil property that has great trails and several vernal pools that are home to a variety of species, including fairy shrimp. Throughout the day we heard lots of woodpeckers and saw evidence of moose on the reserve.

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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.

The year ahead


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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