Wood turtle

Wood turtle; Credit: David Coulson

We had a banner year for nature 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 we’ll be doing for nature in 2017.

We will continue to push the government to add a ”bluebelt” of land that protects important water sources along with a coalition of grassroots groups calling on the Province to Grow our Greenbelt!

Cooks bay in Simcoe county

Cooks bay in Simcoe county; Credit: Joe Mabel

We will be heading to court to protect wild pollinators from a harmful class of pesticides linked to mass bee die-offs and declining pollinator populations.

Monarch butterfly

Credit: Sam Demers

Ontario Nature’s ambitious Youth Council will continue working to protect pollinators by helping municipalities and schools to adopt pollinator-friendly practices and policies, creating pollinator habitat through planting events, delivering pollinator workshops, and developing educational resources.

Planting for pollinators

The Ontario Nature Youth Council and volunteers do some planting for pollinators. Credit: Maggie Janik

We will launch our second version of the atlas smart phone app with many new features that will make reporting your reptile and amphibian sightings species a breeze!

Using the smart phone atlas app

Credits: Top — Camille Beaulieu Tremblay; Bottom — Noah Cole

We will release a brand new online publication for the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, which will include the history of the atlas, information about the species of reptiles and amphibians found in Ontario, an in-depth look at what over 20 years of records can tell us.

We will hit the road across northern Ontario with our new mobile education unit. We will be focusing on expanding young people’s understanding of reptiles and amphibians in the north, and filling gaps in the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.

Boreal Chorus Frog

Boreal chorus frog; Credit: Sam Brinkler

We will work closely with Indigenous groups across Ontario on the basis of Free, Prior and Informed Consent, including advocating for Forest Stewardship Council certification. Building those relationships will help to protect the land we love, while respecting its original stewards.

Undeterred by the dismissal of our appeal of a lower court ruling that puts already endangered species at further risk of extinction, we refuse to give up on endangered species. We have partnered again with CPAWS Wildlands League and pro-bono legal team to file for appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada with a request to hear our case.


Prothonotary warbler — Status: Endangered; Credit: Bill Majoros; CC BY-SA 2.0

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