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HUNTING IS NOT THE ANSWER

We share your concern about the newly reinstated spring bear hunt in five northern Ontario communities purportedly to reduce human/bear conflicts. Evidence gathered by bear biologists from across North America shows that public education is a more effective tool for reducing human/bear conflicts than hunting. 

For this reason, Ontario Nature opposes the reinstatement of the spring bear hunt. W
e believe that the government’s focus should be on educating its citizens to reduce bear interactions. Education is the best solution for ensuring the safety of both bears and humans.  


LOON CALLS ON THE LAKE 

Don’t miss your chance to explore the beautiful shores of Lake Couchiching this summer at Ontario Nature’s 83rd Annual Gathering. Participate in hands-on workshops like nature photography and head out on guided field trips such as paddling the Minesing Wetlands. Registration closes on May 16th

Can’t stay the whole weekend? Check out one day registration options. Do you know someone who would enjoy getting to know Ontario Nature? Register together and your ‘buddy’ will get our special membership offer $30 instead of $50, and you will be entered into a nature prize draw!
 

Sign up today at: ontarionature.org/agm.


CONSERVATIONISTS OF TOMORROW 

Ontario Nature is educating and investing in the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Today, we are congratulating Jayden Rae, Noa Bridson and Moe Qureshi! Starfish.ca has identified these three members of the Ontario Nature Youth Council as Top 25 Canadian Environmentalists Under 25.

The Youth Council recently launched a campaign to help protect pollinators. Their call to action received 271 supporters online and over 500 (and counting) signed postcards.

Registration is now open for our fifth annual Youth Summit.


VOTE FOR NATURE

With Ontarians heading to the polls on June 12, we need to ensure that environmental protection is a central election issue. 

Take a stand today! Whether in an email, a letter to the editor, at an all-candidates meeting, or when a candidate knocks at your door, please seize the opportunity to show candidates that you care about nature. 

Ontario Nature will be standing up with you to ask candidates to commit to protect Ontario’s endangered species, ban the pesticides implicated in pollinator declines, invest in habitat restoration and take other concrete action.


BIOBLITZ FOR BIODIVERSITY 

Celebrate International Biodiversity Day by joining the 2014 Ontario Bioblitz! The goal of this extraordinary event is to document all life across the province while educating Ontarians about the importance of biodiversity. Working alongside scientists, field naturalists and other members of the public, you will identify and record all the animal and plant species you find over a 24-hour period. 

This year, the Ontario BioBlitz will host events in Toronto, the Ottawa River Valley, Elgin County, Huron County and Windsor. For more information or to register for a bioblitz near you, visit ontariobioblitz.ca.

 


   


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Images from top to bottom: David Gignac, Ontario Nature(2), Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, Ontario Bioblitz