Hello fellow nature lover
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Happy Canada Day! From coast to coast Canada truly is a spectacular place with much to be proud of. Read on for ways you can enjoy and explore Ontario's natural wonders this summer.



Endangered species update

Ontario’s Divisional Court upheld a provincial regulation that exempts many major industries from complying with the core protections of the Endangered Species Act. Although deeply disappointing, we are not giving up and are seeking leave to appeal the court’s decision. The Government of Ontario also announced new regulations to reduce the use of neonicotinoids by 80 percent in corn and soybean farming effective July 1st 2015. We commend the government on taking this action and we will continue to push for a complete ban of neonics use in Ontario. As we remain committed to advocating for endangered species within our political and justice systems, we are also on the ground protecting wild species. You can help support this tangible conservation work by making a special gift today. Thank you for standing with us as we fight to protect endangered species. Visit us online to stay up to date on pollinator and ESA appeal news.



Foraging week returns

Join Ontario Nature in northwestern Ontario from August 19st to the 23rd for foraging week! Experts will lead a series of lectures, field walks, and workshops on forest and freshwater foods. Focusing on foods such as mushrooms and medicinal plants, participants can expect to learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, prepare and store wild foods. Don’t miss your chance to participate – click here for more information and to register today.



Ways to get out in nature

It’s summer in Ontario! Children are out of school, the sun’s shining and now’s your chance to get outside with Ontario Nature. We’re hosting a variety of free and fun events to help connect people with nature this summer. Visit us at one of our Family Fun Days - at Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve (Newmarket) on August 22nd or Willoughby Nature Reserve (Caledon) on August 29th. Check out our events page for many other great activities like guided hikes with salamander and snake monitoring. We hope to see you this summer!


 
A successful day on the Grand River

A great time was had by all who attended Ontario Nature’s 84th Annual Nature Gathering on May 23rd at rare Charitable Research Reserve. The event kicked off with an inspirational talk by keynote speaker Grant Linney, followed by a variety of interesting nature focused workshops and tours. The festivities wrapped up with a celebration of our conservation award winners and the year’s achievements. You can check out photos here and watch a short ‘year in review’ video with Ontario Nature's Caroline Schultz here. We are grateful to our many sponsors - Agents of Good, Birds & Beans coffee, 20 Bees by Diamond Estates winery, Mill Street Brewery, BNY Mellon and Cade Associates Insurance Brokers - for helping to make the day a resounding success. We look forward to celebrating our 85th anniversary with you at next year’s annual gathering!



Having fun helping reptiles and amphibians

Did you know that while you’re enjoying a day at the cottage, walking in your local park or backcountry camping this summer you can also help protect wild species? Visit Ontario Nature’s Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Online Submission Form on your mobile device to submit your sightings of turtles, frogs, snakes and salamanders quickly and easily. This helps increase the quality and quantity of observations submitted to the Atlas which contributes to our conservation work and the protection of many at-risk species in Ontario. This summer help us to protect Ontario's reptiles and amphibians.



Youth in action

Wow! What an outstanding year it's been for Ontario Nature's Nature Guardians Youth Program. Recognized for their excellent achievements with an award from the Ontario Heritage Trust, and finalists in the Nature Inspiration Awards of the Canadian Museum of Nature the Ontario Nature Youth Council is a powerful group of young leaders who are making a big difference for nature in Ontario. And that’s not all! These young leaders hosted seven Our Special Spaces conservation events in communities such as Ottawa, Newmarket and Ancaster that resulted in the creation of a wonderful new pollinator habitat. Three cheers for the Ontario Nature Youth Council! The Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership is fast approaching on September 27-29. Encourage youth in your community to participate in this exceptional leadership event. If you would like to sponsor a young person to attend, please contact Sarah Hedges, conservation and education coordinator, at sarahh@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 241.


Make Ontario Nature your 2015 Giving Tuesday charity! Look for more details in the next newsletter.

 



        

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