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Happy New Year! We are excited to catch-up with you and start a new season of protecting wild spaces and wild species in Ontario. Loon Call is still in its infancy and we would love to hear how we can improve this newsletter to better serve you. Please send your feedback to Kavita.

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YOU VOTED AND WE WON!

Ontario Nature is happy to announce that MEC will be providing us with $3,000 to complete our film on St. Raphael and woodland caribou. Big thanks to all our members and supporters who submitted thousands of votes for our project. Boreal program staff will continue to work with Powerline Films to complete the film by spring 2015. If you're interested in finding out more about our Boreal programs, click on the link below.


E.S.A LAWSUIT: WHERE ARE WE NOW?  

We have reached our goal of raising $50,000 to assist with the lawsuit. It is our mission to protect the integrity of Ontario's Endangered Species Act and because of supporters like you, we are able to do this. We filed our affidavit in December and are awaiting the government's response. To learn more about the iconic species threatened by exemptions announced last year, and stay up-to-date on this story, click on the link below.


LOON CALLS ON THE LAKE: SAVE THE DATE

Want to enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors? Meet fellow nature lovers, learn from expert naturalists and see unique ecological treasures at Ontario Nature’s 83rd Annual Gathering to be held on June 20-22 at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. This gathering will feature thought-provoking presentations, hands-on workshops and guided field trips including a tour of one of our largest nature reserves, the 470-hectare Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary!  


30th ANNIVERSARY OF ATLASSING IN ONTARIO

Ontario was the first region in North America to initiate an atlas for reptiles and amphibians, called the Ontario Herpetofaunal Summary (OHS).  The OHS began in 1984, with Mike Oldham and Wayne Weller spearheading the project for more than a decade.

In honour of the 30th anniversary Ontario Nature and partners will be hosting "Herping Blitzes", including replicating some of the original blitzes that were done over 20 years ago.  Stay tuned to the Ontario Nature website for a more indepth story of this atlassing project and details of the herping blitzes. 


   


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