Dear fellow nature lover, 

What a beautiful autumn we’ve been having! Now that it’s getting a little colder, we’re reminded of the holiday season coming up– take a look at how you can get a jump on the holidays with Ontario Nature!

Save the date! Giving Tuesday’s almost here

We’ve got exciting news! This year Ontario Nature is participating in Giving Tuesday to help protect our wild pollinators. And for every dollar you give, our proud sponsors at Ontario Power Generation will match it up to $10,000! Together we can reverse the sharp declines that pollinator populations are currently experiencing. Bee Wild this Giving Tuesday and double your impact with a donation to protect our pollinators!

Standing together for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

In May 2016, the Province released a set of draft changes to the plans that guide the future of the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment and the growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We needed your help to tell the government to remove risky loopholes and exemptions from the draft plans, and further enhance the policies that will protect the water, nature and communities of the region – and you answered the call! We are thrilled that we reached 2,251 signatures on our petition to the Ontario government (our goal was 800!). Thanks for your support and stay tuned for more on this soon.

On sale now – Ontario Nature holiday cards!

Wish your family and friends a festive holiday season with our exclusive 2016 holiday cards featuring a photo of snow buntings 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. 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 9th.

Youth Summit success

This year we had another great Youth Summit with 107 youth from across the province participating.  It was an inspirational weekend full of outdoor activities and educational workshops that the attendees will never forget. Motivated by what they learned from their peers and workshop leaders, the young attends can return to their home communities and continue or start their own conservation projects knowing they are part of a province-wide group of like-minded youth working for a better future. Thank you to everyone who sponsored young people to attend – especially our Nature Network groups! Click here to learn more about the Youth Summit, Nature Guardians Youth Program and our Youth Council. 

Wrap up your holiday shopping early!

Get your Ontario Nature gifts of membership today and get your holiday shopping out of the way. Just a few clicks and you’re done! Each gift of membership includes a special bonus bag of Birds & Beans Ontario Nature blend of organic, fair trade, bird-friendly coffee (with your choice of regular or decaf!), five issues of our award-winning quarterly magazine ON Nature, and a 2017 Ontario Nature membership. Get your gifts of membership now and know you’re giving gifts this holiday season that help protect the nature you love.

 New – Biodiversity Offsetting Report released

Since 2013 Ontario Nature has been exploring the promise and pitfalls of biodiversity offsetting with support, advice and expert input from dozens of organizations and individuals. In October, Ontario Nature released a new report, Biodiversity Offsetting in Ontario. The report is a summary of the results of the second phase of Ontario Nature’s biodiversity offsetting initiative over the last two years. It focuses on biodiversity offsetting issues, accomplishments and future directions and highlights case studies and recommendations for the future. Read the new report right here.

Bad news for Ontario’s endangered species

The Ontario Court of Appeals delivered a blow to endangered species in October when it ruled in favour of the Ontario Divisional Court's decision to uphold a provincial regulation that exempts major industrial activities from the protection standards outlined in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This means that the ESA can't do what it was created to do and that the province's endangered species are now at greater risk. We are very disappointed by this ruling, but we are determined to continue highlighting the threats to species at risk in Ontario. Thank you for raising your voice with us and for your continued support for endangered species in Ontario.



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Images from top to bottom: Joe Mabel, Robert McCaw, Brendan Toews, Brendan Toews