Common loon

Common loon Robert McCaw

Ontario Nature’s 83rd Annual Gathering

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our Annual Gathering at YMCA Geneva Park on beautiful Lake Couchiching, north of Orillia. We celebrated the common loon, Ontario Nature’s logo for the past 25 years. Together we looked at our past, present and future.

The gathering featured hands-on workshops, expert guided field trips, and thought-provoking presentations and discussions. Members explored the wild species and wild spaces where the Canadian Shield meets the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

Keynote: Wild Weather, Climate Change and Nature

Environment Canada’s Senior Climatologist, David Phillips, spoke at the Saturday banquet. Guests enjoyed delicious food, a glass of wine and a thought-provoking presentation.


  • Celebrated 25 years of Ontario Nature’s loon logo with a talk from Bird Studies Canada’s Dr. Doug Tozer on the natural history of the common loon and its future in Ontario.
  • Participated in nature workshops and learned from the experts on gardening with native plants, nature photography, searching for salamanders, identifying dragonflies and much more!
  • Explored ecological treasures on our guided field trips, including tours in the Carden Plain, a paddling trip in Minesing Wetlands, and an excursion at Ontario Nature’s 470-hectare Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Heard about the year’s highlights and celebrate achievements at the 83rd Annual General Meeting and Conservation Awards Ceremony.
  • Youth Council members shared their stories of connecting with the environment and each other through the Nature Guardians Youth Program. It was a joy to hear how encouraged they are by dedicated members like you, and how they feel a sense of place in our community they haven’t found elsewhere.

For information about past AGMs, please click here.

We are grateful for the following event sponsors:

Cade Associates Insurance Brokers Limited
Conservation Ontario


We are grateful for the following in-kind donors:


Flat Rock Cellars Winery
The Laundry Tarts
Steam Whistle
Pepsi Co
Davids Tea
Mill Street Brewery
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar


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