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The weather is getting cooler as the summer winds down, but there is still lots going on at Ontario Nature to keep you busy! Check out below to learn more about what’s happening at your Ontario Nature.

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Ontario Nature at The Word on the Street

September 21st at Queen’s Park Circle is The Word on the Street, Canada’s largest book and magazine festival! Come visit us at “Magazine Mew’s” where we’ll be featuring publications like ON Nature magazine (in print since 1932) and the new Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning. We’ll also have a special contest and Ontario Nature membership promotion. Hope to see you there!



Searching for Wild Species in Ontario

Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Ontario BioBlitz such a resounding success! Hundreds of nature-lovers joined us this summer at seven different locations to help identify Ontario’s diverse species. From a rarely-seen American white pelican in Thunder Bay to a previously unknown spider species in Windsor, this year’s events featured numerous unexpected discoveries. Plans are now underway for 2015; if you or your group has a bioblitz you’d like included as a part of next year’s Ontario BioBlitz schedule, please contact Lisa Richardson at lisar@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 222.

 



It's Your Call


  Protecting wild species and wild spaces is our top priority. Here’s what we’re working on now and how you can get involved.

We’re holding the provincial government accountable through our Protect Pollinators campaign by working for a ban of neonicotinoid pesticides. Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food you eat.

We’re halfway to securing a critical piece of land that connects the two existing properties of the Lost Bay Nature Reserve! Blanding's turtles have been confirmed on this new piece of land - three were captured during our fieldwork. This discovery is just a reminder of how important this habitat is. 

Youth have an incredible impact on our work and right now the Youth Council is busy getting ready for the 5th annual Youth Summit – bringing young leaders together from across Ontario!  Contact Sarah Hedges at sarahh@ontarionature.org if you know a youth in your community who would like to participate or to sponsor a youth.

If you’re also interested in volunteering in our office or in the field, we’d love to hear from you!


 
Available now - Ontario Nature Holiday Cards

Wish your family and friends a happy holiday season with our 2014 holiday cards featuring the stunning evening grosbeak. Don’t forget to place your order by December 10th to ensure delivery in time for the holidays. Click here to order today or call Lyndsey at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 233. Half of your holiday card purchase goes to supporting our work for nature.



 
Run Wild For Nature 

Join Team Ontario Nature in this year’s charity challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! You can win great prizes and there are ‘goody bags’ for all participants. Use our pin code: 14TON for free registration when you sign up to help reach our $10,000 goal for nature. Race day is Oct. 19th and you can participate in the 5km, half marathon or marathon run/walk options. If you are unable to participate, consider supporting fellow nature lovers and sponsor team Ontario Nature!
 


        

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