Dear fellow nature lover
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Spring is here and there are many ways for you to enjoy the season with Ontario Nature. Make sure you read on to learn how!


Celebrating 85 years

This year marks 85 proud years of our work for conservation across the province. For almost nine decades Ontario Nature has been on the ground protecting critical habitats, standing up for at-risk species and connecting people with nature. Our voice gets stronger every year with our growing network of individual members, volunteers and member groups! Don’t miss an opportunity to join with your fellow nature lovers at our 85th annual gathering June 3-5 at Evergreen Resort, South Bruce Peninsula. The deadline for registration is May 9, 2016. Make sure you register today!



Become a member of Ontario Nature today – special offer!

Ontario Nature memberships are renewed near the beginning of each year, helping prepare us for the challenges ahead. You can join us today with our special $35 welcome offer (reg. $50+) and you’ll receive our award-winning quarterly ON Nature magazine with your membership. Join us today and help tackle urgent environmental priorities to help save the wild species we love and protect the wild spaces we explore!



85 Doors Open to Nature- celebrating our nature legacy

As you know this is year is our 85th anniversary. In honour of this momentous milestone we hope you’ll join in the celebration by participating in our Doors Open to Nature events. Make sure to stay tuned for new events like the Spring Clean Up in Killarney this weekend or the Spring Bird Walk in Frontenac Provincial Park on May 15th! You can also join in the Conservation Conversation by sharing your actions for nature and hopes for tomorrow!


 
Save the date – 2016 Youth Summit

Ontario Nature’s seventh annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership is coming up soon! Mark your calendars for September 23-25, 2016. Taking place at YMCA Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching, the weekend will be full of interactive workshops and activities on topics including food security, endangered species, medicinal plants, sustainability and much more. This is a great opportunity for diverse young leaders to come together. For more information on how to sponsor a youth to attend, please contact Sarah Hedges at sarahh@ontarionature.org. And stay tuned – youth registration will open in May 2016!



Keep your eyes and ears open for reptiles and amphibians!

With the warmer weather on the way, reptiles and amphibians will be slithering and hopping into spring! You may hear western chorus frogs, overturn a log to find hidden salamanders or see a Blanding’s turtle basking in the sun. Be sure to report your sightings to our Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (you can use our free smartphone app!). You are providing significant data that contributes to wildlife conservation when you do. And make sure to watch the road for these critters so they don’t get run over! For more tips on how to find reptiles and amphibians and what to do if you do see one on the road, visit our website.


 
Spring Migration migration – they’re back!

Watch for birds in urban areas and biodiversity hotspots as spring returns! As hawks fly overhead and warblers sing their unique songs you’ll have many opportunities to enjoy Ontario birds during the spring migration. To give you a head start, check out our biodiversity hotspots page. You can also help the birds you love by keeping up to date on our Birds and Buildings campaign to address one of the greatest threats to birds – collisions with glass windows. Ontario Nature has been working with Ecojustice to address this issue since 2010.



ESA Appeal Update

On April 19th, the Ontario Court of Appeal heard our appeal to overturn a provincial regulation that exempts major industries from Endangered Species Act legal requirements to protect Ontario’s most vulnerable plants and animals. Our pro bono lawyers, Lara Tessaro and Anastasia Lintner, made compelling arguments and we’re hopeful the judges will rule in our favour. As we await the Court’s verdict, we’d like to sincerely thank you for your continued support of this work – especially to everyone who sent an e-card to the government to repeal these exemptions, which it could do at any time.

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