Award winners (left to right): Scott Gillingwater, Kurt Hennige for Bud Rowe, Jennifer Howard, Diane Woods and Su Rynard of SongbirdSOS Productions, Simon de Boer, Alan Macnaughton, Freeman Boyd and Andrew Macpherson for the City of London. Noah Cole

Ontario Nature's Conservation Awards

On June 4, Ontario Nature recognized exceptional contributions to the protection of wild species and wild spaces made by individuals, groups, municipalities and businesses. The award ceremony was part of Ontario Nature’s 85th annual general meeting that took place at Evergreen Resort on the South Bruce Peninsula.

These are the deserving award recipients for 2015:

1. Alan Macnaughton received the Ontario Nature Achievement Award for his commitment to citizen science initiatives, in particular the creation of an interactive mapping application. Various companies and organizations use his application to inform their research and survey efforts, consultation work and environmental assessments.

2. Bud Rowe, former president of the Kingston Field Naturalists, received the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award for his outstanding contributions to the protection of natural areas in eastern Ontario.

3. Scott Gillingwater received the W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award for his dedication to protecting at-risk species and helping to ensure common species remain common.
4. Jennifer Howard received the Richards Education Award for her lifelong commitment to conservation. She spends countless hours volunteering for causes related to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, as well as education and conservation programs.

5. City of London received the Lee Symmes Municipal Award for its commitment to protecting Environmentally Significant Areas.

6. Freeman Boyd received the Ian Shenstone Fraser Memorial Award for his contribution to naturalists clubs across Ontario and for the creation of the Young Naturalists Club.

7. Simon de Boer received the Steve Hounsell Greenway Award for his contributions to the Greenway Grey-Bruce project. Simon’s efforts were instrumental to the program’s success as he helped bridge the gap between conservationists and farmers. 

8. Friends of the Rouge Watershed received the J.R. Dymond Public Service Award for its efforts green-space promotion and education. The award also honours the group’s commitment to improving water quality and restoring habitat in the Rouge River watershed and Toronto’s Great Lakes Water Quality Area of Concern.

9. SongbirdSOS Productions received the Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award for The Messenger. The award-winning documentary raised awareness of the mass depletion of songbird populations around the world.

Click here to read about past award winners.

All award winners were recognized at Ontario Nature’s 85th Annual Gathering in June 2016 and will be featured in ON Nature magazine’s fall 2016 issue.

For further information about the awards, please contact Christine Ambre at

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