Dear fellow nature lover, 

Spring is around the corner! There are many ways you can connect with nature and explore our beautiful province. Take a peek at what’s coming up – you won’t want to miss out!


Snap to it!

The Ontario government is poised to make a critical decision about the hunting of snapping turtles. Together, we spoke up to let the government know that the hunt of this species at risk must end, period. This message was loud and clear thanks to the 5,635 signatures from people just like you who raised their voices to oppose the continued hunt. Thank you! You can read our EBR submission letter here.  It was also signed by 30 organizations including 27 Nature Network member groups. We anticipate the government making its decision early this spring. We’ll make sure you know when we do!



Be a nature hero today!

Thank you for being part of our online community. Today, we'd like to ask you to help nature in a new way, by becoming an Ontario Nature member! You'll join other nature heroes from your community and across Ontario, working to protect our beloved wild species and wild spaces. You'll also receive our ward-winning quarterly ON Nature magazine. Join us today and be a nature hero in 2017! 

 


 


Looking for something fun to do? 

Help nature and have fun – at the same time? Yes please! Last July we launched the Directory of Ontario Citizen Science (DOCS) to connect great volunteers with great conservation projects. DOCS is an online, searchable tool that can link you with citizen science projects in your area. And if you’re a group looking for help with a project, we encourage you to publicize your projects here to recruit some volunteers! These projects include butterfly monitoring, salamander sleuthing, mapping vernal pools and more. Check them out today!



Losing ground - moose and caribou 

Moose and caribou are iconic Canadian species yet their survival is threatened. As a member you are helping us take action to protect the future of these majestic animals. Thank you. You can read more about the moose decline in a recent article from our ON Nature magazine as well as in this Toronto Star article featuring Julee Boan, from our Thunder Bay office. Ontario Nature continues to work with our partner groups to urge the government to protect habitat for wide-ranging species like moose and woodland caribou.



Time is ticking!

The deadline to nominate your conservation heroes for Ontario Nature Conservation Awards is coming up fast on March 27th! These awards honour the excellence of individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations who protect nature in Ontario. Click here for more information about the award categories and click here for the nomination form.



 Want to chat?

In addition to Loon Call, there are lots of ways you can keep in touch and stay in the loop about all that’s happening in conservation! By signing up for Action Alerts, you’ll receive an email when your voice is urgently needed to speak up for nature. You can sign up to receive our blog notifications so you know when the newest blog is posted. You can also sign up for digital magazine notifications, you'll receive an update when a new issue of ON Nature magazine is posted online.  And as always, we love to get social with you on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can help spread the word about Ontario Nature’s work by sharing our posts with your family and friends so they can join the conversation too. Thank you!   



 Wonders of Nature Photo Contest

Stay tuned for our Wonders of Nature Photo Contest in March! We will be asking you to share a photo that you feel reveals the wonder of nature in Ontario. Entrants will get a chance to have their photo published as the feature photo in the summer issue of ON Nature magazine. We will post more details on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the coming weeks.   


      

 
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