Dear fellow nature lover

As our last Loon Call of the year, we would like to thank you for being a part of our community. And even though 2015 is coming to a close, that doesn’t mean the action is! Read on for some exciting happenings before the New Year.

You can change the odds for caribou

Caribou are an umbrella species, which means protecting them protects other endangered and vulnerable boreal species. Yet did you know that most caribou populations in Ontario have just a 50% chance of survival? Powerful interests in the forest industry are trying to have caribou removed from the endangered species list. Meanwhile, the Ontario government remains silent and appears to be unwilling to defend their own scientific research while these powerful industry interests lobby aggressively for less caribou protection. Ontario Nature staff are on the front line fighting hard in Thunder Bay, but we need more help. Please give today and help change the odds for woodland caribou and the boreal forest!

Youth Summit success

The Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership brought together 95 youth from 57 communities across Ontario. Teens had the opportunity to participate in pollinator and wildflower workshops, discussions about how to ‘be the change’, canoeing and much more. In one participant’s words, “the Youth Summit was one of the best weekends of my LIFE! I got to get out and explore in nature, learn about the earth and water and how we are all interconnected.” 

Please click here for more photos and youth testimonials about what the summit meant to them.

Ontario Nature holiday cards – get yours today!

Wish your family and friends a festive holiday season with our exclusive 2015 holiday cards featuring a photo of the hairy woodpecker and a nature-inspired message or blank area for your own message. Proceeds support our work to protect wild species and wild spaces in Ontario. Don’t miss your special bonus: for every two packs of 2015 holiday cards you order, you’ll receive an additional pack of the 2014 evening grosbeak cards. Get yours while supplies last! To ensure that your greeting cards arrive in time for the holidays, please place your order no later than December 10th.

Expanding access to our nature reserves

This summer Ontario Nature worked with a sustainable trails contractor to build 1.6 kilometres of new hiking trail at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve located in the Deep River area in the Upper Ottawa Valley. The new trail gently gains elevation and leads you to a lookout where you are rewarded with a stunning view of the Ottawa River! We are working on creating a new trail map for the property that will be displayed on a welcome kiosk at the trailhead. Thanks to our members and volunteers for their support completing this new trail! You can learn more about visiting our nature reserves across the province by clicking here.

Wrap up your holiday shopping now!

Save yourself some holiday stress and get your Ontario Nature gifts of membership today. Just a few clicks and you’re done! Each gift of membership comes with a special bonus bag of Birds & Beans Ontario Nature blend of organic, fair trade, bird-friendly coffee and five issues of our award-winning quarterly magazine, ON Nature. New this year, you can choose from regular or decaf coffee! Get your gifts of membership now and know you’re giving gifts this holiday season that help protect the nature you love.

Wetlands hang in the balance

In partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ontario Nature hosted a successful workshop on October 26th examining wetland policy and biodiversity offsetting. With more than 85 participants, we shared information about policy gaps and opportunities to feed into the strategic plan for Ontario wetlands that the province is currently developing. Thanks to the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and the Ontario Home Builders Association for funding the workshop. On October 30th, Ontario Nature submitted recommendations to the province on a new strategic plan. Our comments were co-signed by 16 Nature Network groups. Thanks to our Nature Network groups and the people who have submitted comments! You can find more information on our wetlands work here.

Save the date for Giving Tuesday!

This year, Ontario Nature is participating in Giving Tuesday with a campaign to help stop the loss of Ontario’s endangered species. Every dollar you give, up to $5,000, will be matched by our proud sponsors at Ontario Power Generation, offering you a unique chance to double your impact for nature. With more than 200 at-risk species in Ontario, the biodiversity that makes Ontario so special is in jeopardy. Help us protect their home and ours – Stop the loss, Ontario!

  • Special update: Ill-advised Ontario government proposal to expand and extend spring bear hunt runs contrary to expert advice and the best available science. Stay tuned for an Ontario Nature action alert.



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