Dear Nature lover, 

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and green is popping up all around us. It’s time to get outside! Read on for nature events in your area, ideas for helping to protect pollinators, new conservation videos and much more.



Create a pollinator habitat

Come out this spring and help create pollinator habitat across the province! Designed by Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, Our Special Spaces is an annual series of volunteer conservation events. This year, as part of the Youth Council’s campaign to protect Ontario’s pollinators, the events will focus on creating pollinator habitat through native wildflower and shrub plantings. Events take place in May and June. Click here to learn more about an event near you. We hope to see you there!



Raise your voice for nature

Right now you can help Ontario Nature call for stronger laws, a stronger landscape and a stronger natural legacy for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. The Ontario Government is currently reviewing the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. These plans play a key role in protecting over 720,000 hectares of land extending around the province’s most populated and industrialized region from Niagara to the Rice Lake Plains and up to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Join us in taking action to protect the region’s water, nature and communities. Send a letter to the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing or click here to email him. Thank you!



Connect youth in your community with nature!

Did you know that Ontario teens meet each year to learn about and help solve some of Ontario’s toughest conservation issues? They gather from across the province at Ontario Nature’s Youth Summit for Biodiversity. This important annual event, held September 25-27, has helped produce some of Ontario’s most promising young environmental leaders. The summit is possible thanks to the generous support of future-focused individuals and organizations. To sponsor the attendance of a young person in your community, please contact Sarah Hedges, conservation and education coordinator at sarahh@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 241.



Calling all gardeners and nature lovers

Do you want to take action to help pollinators in Ontario, but don’t know where to start? Then take a look at the Ontario Nature Youth Council’s new video, 4 ways you can help pollinators in your community, to get started! Neonicotinoid (neonic) use in agriculture is under scrutiny, but the horticulture industry also uses these insecticides. So we created a guide to help you find neonic–free pollinator plants for your garden that will help support a more sustainable industry and brighter future for pollinators in Ontario.



Conservation science at your doorstep

Check out Ontario Nature’s new blog series: Conservation science at your doorstep. We’ve launched this blog to help you explore how science is applied to the conservation of wild species and wild spaces of Ontario. Focusing on themes of invasive species, habitat loss and fragmentation, conservation genetics and climate change, you can expect to learn about incredible advances in conservation. Readers will become more informed about environmental challenges in Ontario, such as how polar bears are dealing with increasing temperatures and how personality traits affect invasiveness in sea lamprey. Head over to the blog now and catch the first posts!



 A win for nature at Ostrander Point!

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) have finally won their appeal against an industrial wind turbine project at Ostrander Point! The decision by the Appeal Court of Ontario, agreed with the Environmental Review Tribunal’s original finding that the project will cause “serious and irreversible harm” to the Blanding’s turtle and its habitat. PECFN and Ontario Nature support wind-energy, but the location of projects is crucial. The decision shows that determined people can succeed in making their case heard and gives us faith that there is a standard for environmental protection under the Green Energy Act. Thank you to everyone who supported PECFN in this fight; we can all celebrate this victory with them.
  


        

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