Dear fellow nature lover, 

Welcome to a fresh new year in nature. It's an exciting year ahead - including our 85th anniversary! Read on to see how you can join the celebrations!

Happy reading!



85th anniversary and annual gathering

The Bruce Beckons! Save the date to join us at Evergreen Resort, South Bruce Peninsula on June 3-5, 2016 for our annual gathering! We will explore local ecological treasures and a great diversity of habitats, including field trips to Ontario Nature’s Petrel Point and Malcolm Bluff Shores nature reserves. More details will be available on our website in February. We’ll also celebrate our 85th anniversary with 85 outdoor events held throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information about activities near you!



Appeal to be heard in April 2016

Ontario Nature has been awaiting news about our leave to appeal the Ontario Divisional Court’s 2015 decision to uphold a provincial regulation that exempts major industries from the strict protection standards outlined in the Endangered Species Act. The wait is over! The Ontario Court of Appeal will hear our case on April 19th, 2016. The appeal, to be argued pro bono by veteran lawyers Lara Tessaro and Anastasia Lintner, challenges the lower court’s ruling that puts already endangered species at further risk of extinction. Thank you for your support. You can keep up-to-date on the latest news about the case here.

 


 


Declaring war on wolves and coyotes?

We are asking members and supporters to join us in opposing Ontario’s proposal to address the decline of moose populations in northern Ontario by killing more wolves and coyotes. These keystone predators play a profoundly important role in maintaining the function, composition and diversity of natural systems. Removing these animals, even locally, can lead to a cascade of problems including the rapid and unwanted expansion of other species, increased disease transmission and significant changes in vegetation. The deadline for public comment is January 18. For more information and to voice your concern, check out our blog and action alert.



Standing up for land, water and communities

In early December, David Crombie announced 87 recommendations for the future of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (see our reaction here). These recommendations will help inform the government’s review of the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment plans and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We are now gearing up for the final stages of this review where we see great opportunities to grow the Greenbelt in areas of high ecological and hydrological significance. To be alerted of opportunities to push for better protection of the regions' land, water and communities sign up for our action alerts.



Who are your nature heroes?

Nominate your nature heroes for Ontario Nature’s 2015 Conservation awards. Thanks to our members and supporters, Ontario Nature has made a significant impact on conservation issues in communities across the province. Ontario Nature’s Conservation Awards honour the work of individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations to protect nature in Ontario. Nominations must be submitted by March 31st, 2016. More information is available on our website. Good luck to all nominees!



Migratory birds at risk of sudden, violent death

One of the greatest threats to birds is collisions with glass windows. The estimated yearly death toll is horrific – and unacceptable. Ontario Nature has been working with Ecojustice to address this issue since 2010. Legal action resulted in a 2013 Ontario court ruling that deemed light reflected from building windows to be a “contaminant” under the Environmental Protection Act. Yet, instead of acting on the court findings, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is proposing to remove this legal requirement! Visit our webpage to learn how Ontario Nature and partners are pursuing the matter through public education, outreach and advocacy.



 A successful year for nature

Now that 2015 has come to a close, let's reflect back on the past year and all that was achieved for nature. These accomplishments for nature set the pace for another great year in 2016 helping to protect the wild species we love and the wild spaces they call home. Here's to another successful year for nature in Ontario!


      

 
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Images from top to bottom: Missy Mandel, John Hassell, Douglas Sprott, Jason Kalmbach couresty of EcoSpark, Noah Cole, Stephanie Beard