Dear fellow nature lover
, 

Can you believe we’re just over a month away from the beginning of winter? As our last Loon Call issue of the year, we have special offers and tips for you to enjoy over the holiday season. It’s also the first anniversary of the Loon Call! Your feedback as a reader is important to us. Please email Nicole at
nicolec@ontarionature.org if you have any comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you.

Happy reading!
 


Bundle up! Our Nature Reserves are still open

Take a hike this winter and discover another side to our Nature Reserves! Winter is a great time to see wildlife as it’s often more easily visible in the snow, as well as tracks! With fewer calls to distinguish, winter is one of the best times to bird watch too. Nature Reserves like Lawson, Malcolm Bluff Shores and Altberg have lots to offer this time of year. Learn more about winter activities on our reserves. For quick tips to prepare for winter hiking, click here. Whether you hike, ski or snowshoe, be sure to visit a Nature Reserve this winter!


Standing together for nature! 

Ontario Nature is teaming up with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) to help protect pollinators. CAPE doctors and nurses are concerned about the threat that neonicotinoid pesticides pose to insects, wildlife and people. Together we are helping raise awareness of this issue and are calling on our provincial government to ban the use of ‘neonics’ in Ontario. Starting November 17th and into the New Year, keep your eyes peeled for the CAPE ‘neonics’ ad campaign at the Queen's Park subway station in Toronto.



New! Special gift of nature offer 


  Make a meaningful gift this holiday that helps protect nature and lets your family and friends experience the joy of Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces. This year we have a special gift of Ontario Nature membership offer for you! For just $50 your gift includes a bonus bag of Ontario Nature Blend coffee from Birds & Beans (value $13.50 plus shipping) in addition to a one-year membership and five issues of ON Nature magazine. Order your gifts today! Our member relations coordinator, Portia Mohlmann, is also ready to take your orders by phone at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 233.


 
A win for pollinators!

Team Ontario Nature raised $13,490, 112% of our goal to help protect pollinators at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Way to go team! Each team member has a different story to tell.  Katherine says, “Ontario is very important to me, all of it…and I would like to do everything I can to preserve and protect it.” Katherine is off to university now and since the age of ten has donated her birthday money to Ontario Nature. If you’d like to join fellow nature lovers like Katherine on Team Ontario Nature next year, save the date! The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Oct. 18th, 2015.



 
A treat for you from the Youth Summit 

Teens like Andre, age 15 from Pickering, had the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities and workshops at Ontario Nature’s fifth annual Youth Summit. Andre shared, “I loved the event because it opened my eyes to the issues, showed me how many people share my views and love of nature, and showed me new ways to appreciate nature. I would not have traded my experience for anything else.” You can share in a piece of Andre’s experience with these natural salve recipes from Jenna Street at Karmalicious. Jenna led a natural products workshop at the Summit.
 



Order your holiday cards today!

Want to help nature in Ontario and share your holiday greetings with loved ones at the same time? Then don’t miss buying Ontario Nature’s holiday cards! 50% of your purchase goes to help protect Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces. Order your holiday cards featuring the evening grosbeak before December 10th to ensure delivery for the holidays! You can also call Lyndsey at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 234 to order by phone.


        

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