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Back Yard Frog Volunteers Needed

Do you hear frogs calling in your backyard? If so, we need your help. The Back Yard Frog program aims to track the location of Ontario's frogs and toads through observations submitted by citizen scientists like you. with this information, we can detect changes in population numbers, distribution and calling dates. We can also use it to develop range maps for the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas and to estimate the total population for each species across the province. To learn more about how you can help, click here.  

 



Spring Peeper, Photo Courtesy of Beatrice Laporte 

Ontario Nature Seeking Nature Reserves Intern

Ontario Nature is seeking an aspiring ecologist for our Nature Reserves Internship. The successful candidate will help us monitor reptile and amphibian populations on our nature reserves, and present the results to interested community members. They will also assist with other reserve-related projects such as creating and improving visitor infrastructure and running public outreach events. For more information about this exciting opportunity, visit www.ontarionature.org/jobs.php.
 
 
Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature

Register Now for Ontario Nature's Annual Gathering

Do you want to spend a great weekend outdoors with fellow nature lovers? Then join us on June 20-22 at YMCA Geneva Park on beautiful Lake Couchiching for Ontario Nature's 83rd Annual Gathering. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of our common loon logo, the weekend will feature hands-on workshops, expert-guided field trips and a keynote address by Environment Canada's Senior Climatologist, David Philips. Registration is available through our website
 



Common Loon, Photo Courtesy of Robert McCaw

Petition Opposes Energy East Pipeline Project

If you're concerned about TransCanada's Energy East pipeline proposal to export crude oil in converted natural gas pipelines through northern and eastern Ontario, please let northern leaders know by signing our petition at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SayNotoEnergyEastPipeline. Just one pipeline rupture could cause significant and permanent damage to the local economy, the health of our citizens and to the sensitive ecosystems within the Lake Superior watershed. To learn more about TransCanada's proposal and ways you can voice your concerns, contact Julee Boan at juleeb@ontarionature.org.

   




Photo Courtesy of TransCanada

White Pines Wind Farm Project Open for Public Comment

A second wind farm project proposed for Prince Edward County is now open for public comment on the Environmental Registry (EBR Registry Number 012-1279). The White Pines Wind Project proposed by wpd White Pines Wind Incorporated will involve the construction of 29 turbines within the ward of South Marysburg and a small portion of Atholl in Prince Edward County. If you would like to register comments on this Renewable Energy Application, please click here. The deadline to submit comments is May 10, 2014.  

 
 


Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol 

Halton/North Peel Naturalists' Club Member Wows PhotoArt Judges

Please join us in congratulating Halton/North Peel Naturalists' Club member, Ann McDermaid who placed first in two categories of the 2014 PhotoArt Photography Competition. Ann won the Open Monochrome and Architecture categories, and also garnered an honourable mention for the latter category. Hosted by the Halton Hills Camera Club, PhotoArt has been promoting excellence in the art of photography for more than 25 years. To view some of Ann's excellent photos, visit the Halton/North Peel Naturalists' Club website at http://hnpnc.com/site/.

 
 


Events

  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Green Gardening by Lori McLean (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority), Tuesday May 13 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park.
  •  North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Annual Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 10 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard) in Markham.
  • Brereton Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings 
    • Potluck and Annual General Meeting, Friday April 25 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Spring Warblers in Bear Creek Wetlands Field Trip, Sunday May 4 from 7:00am to 12:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Early Spring Flowers in the Gables Park Field Trip, Wednesday May 7 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Birds of Copeland Forest Field Trip, Saturday May 10 from 8:00am to 12:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Spring Flowers in Lackie's Bush Field Trip, Wednesday May 14 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Spring Migration at Tiny Marsh Field Trip, Saturday May 17 from 7:00am to 2:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Bluebirds Field Trip, Wednesday May 21 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Kolopore Highlands Field Trip, Saturday May 24 from 7:30am to 3:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Barrie's Ardagh Bluffs Field Trip, Sunday May 25 from 8:30am to 1:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit www.bfnclub.org.
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Club walk in the Niagara Glen, Sunday April 27 @ 1:30pm; meet at Wintergreen Flats off the Niagara Parkway and wear sturdy shoes; all ages welcome. For more information, contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Jordan Wildflower and Geology Tour, Saturday April 26 @ 8:00am. For more information, contact Brian Calvert at 905-892-6267.
    • Short Hills Wildflower Tour, Saturday May 10 @ 8:00am. For more information, contact Brian Calvert at 905-892-6267.
  •  Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Group Hike in Marcy's Woods, Sunday April 27 @ 9:30am; Meet at the end of Holloway Bay Road in Sherkston. For more information, contact Tim Seburn at 905-871-2577.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Science Accessibility: Connecting Science & Community Research Forum, Saturday May 3 from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the rare ECO Centre Slit Barn (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge. For more information, visit www.raresites.org.
    • Gardening for Beginners: Harvest Time, Wednesday May 7 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Resource House (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge. For more information, visit www.raresites.org.
    • Owl Prowl with Jason Bracey, Thursday May 8 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the rare ECO Centre Slit Barn (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge. For more information, visit www.raresites.org.
    • Bird Banding Demonstration with Kevin Grundy, Saturday May 10 from 8:00am to 10:00am at the rare ECO Centre Slit Barn (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge. For more information, visit www.raresites.org.   
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on May 15, 2014. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

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