Dear nature lover, 

Welcome to the first issue of Loon Call for 2015! We've got lots of New Year action for you to be a part of. We're also ringing in the New Year with a very big thank you to Ontario Power Generation for their generous support of the Nature Guardians Youth Program. You can learn more here.


Happy reading!


Ontario Nature volunteers 2014


Calling all volunteers!

Is your New Year's resolution to volunteer? Are you looking for a new way to help the environment? If you answered "yes" then Ontario Nature wants you! Join our volunteer team and participate in opportunities in the field, such as trail building and species inventories, office support in fundraising and administration or volunteer at Ontario Nature community events. If you prefer to volunteer outside the GTA, we will connect you with a regional conservation group in your area.


Energy East pipeline map through Ontario


Energy East Pipeline: Our risk, their reward

The biggest oil pipeline in Canada could be coming to your backyard. Ontario Nature and other grassroots groups are expressing deep concern over TransCanada Corporation's proposal to export tar sands oil in converted natural gas pipelines through northern and eastern Ontario. Just one pipeline rupture could cause significant and permanent damage to the local economy, human health and sensitive ecosystems. Check out our Energy East Pipeline video to learn more.Please join us in letting northern leaders know you oppose the proposal. See the map of the pipeline and sign the petition today by clicking here.  
 


Quetico Foundation Canoe Day 2013 participants


Connecting with nature through the Nature Network
 

Connecting people with nature is central to Ontario Nature's work. With a province-wide "Nature Network" of 150 local nature groups, there is always something happening for you to be a part of! Visit our Nature Network calendar for upcoming events and activities with our member groups across Ontario. From 'owl prowls' to workshops, to eco-films and snowshoeing, we hope you find something that keeps you active in nature this year!


Blanding's turtle by Tracy Parker


World Wetlands Day: Wetlands for our future

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day! In recognition of this special day we're accepting donations to support our Reptiles at Risk and Nature Reserves programs.Wetlands are biodiversity hotspots that provide essential habitat for amphibians, reptiles and birds. 83% of Ontario Nature reserves have wetlands and over 70% of Ontario's species at risk depend on wetlands for all or part of their life cycle, including endangered reptiles and amphibians. Help protect Ontario's wetlands with a gift to Ontario Nature for World Wetlands Day!


common eastern bumblebee by Filipe Villegas


Together we're making real change for our pollinators

Our advocacy work on behalf of pollinators is paying off! The Government of Ontario is developing a Pollinator Health Action Plan, including an ambitious target to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, implicated in pollinator decline, by 80% by 2017. You can now take a personal stand on this issue through the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. The deadline for comments is January 25, 2015. Here you can learn more about our advocacy work for pollinators and what is at stake.


Oak Ridges Moraine, Rice Lake, by jpoyston


 NEW! Marvellous Moraine website

Celebrate the "Marvellous Moraine" and visit our new moraine website. This is part of a larger initiative to inform Ontarians of the value of the moraine and to engage them in the upcoming public review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The website is brought to you by Ontario Nature, in partnership with Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, Earthroots and EcoSpark. We invite you to have some fun on the site, share it with others, and sign up for campaign updates.Check it out now!


        

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Images from top to bottom: Jayden Rae, Noah Cole, Tracy Parker, Filipe Villegas, jpoyston