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Turtles of Ontario Display at Pickering Library 

Art meets science at the Pickering Central Library (1 The Esplanade in Pickering) with the Turtles of Ontario display, running from April 1 to May 1, 2015. Created by fibre artist Rosemary Oliver, the display features replicas of the eight turtles of Ontario. The replicas were created to increase public awareness about issues and concerns in nature through art. The shells are made of paper mache, the wired and stuffed limbs are of fabric, with paint and hand embroidery completing the anatomical details. To learn more call 905-831-6265.   
 

 

Photo Courtesy of  Rosemary Oliver
Conservation Science at Your Doorstep Blog 

Ontario Nature is pleased to announce the launch of our Conservation Science at Your Doorstep blog! Created to increase science literacy and enthusiasm across the province, this blog will give scientists the opportunity to present their hypothesis-driven research as well as the application and impact of their work. All research presented is based in Ontario and will cover the themes of invasive species, habitat loss and fragmentation, conservation genetics and climate change. A schedule of upcoming topics can be found here.  
   
 

Healing Gardens Workshop, April 25 in Toronto

Join the Healing Gardens Workshop on April 25 and learn how to transform your landscape into an oasis of healing. Presented by the North American Native Plant Society in partnership with the Naturalized Habitat Network, the workshop is scheduled for 9:00am to 4:00pm at The Big Carrot in Toronto. Whether you are simply seeking a quiet place to relax or a tranquil space for prayer, yoga or meditation, a healing garden can help to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. For more information visit www.nanps.org. Online registration is available at http://eventbrite.ca/event/15190061.  
 

 


Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
2015 Great Canadian BioBlitz 

Mark your calendar and plan to join the 2015 Great Canadian BioBlitz, hosted by the Kingston Field Naturalists! Now in its 17th year, this annual bioblitz is scheduled for June 12 & 13 at Wintergreen Studios near Kingston. Wintergreen Studios is a 204-acre property that features a variety of habitats, including forest, cliff, pond, stream, bog and a butterfly garden. To learn more visit www.kingstonfieldnaturalists.org or call Anne at 613-389-6742.         

 


Two New Groups Join Ontario's Nature Network

With the addition of the Friends of Ojibway Prairie and the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council at our February 28 board meeting, Ontario's Nature Network continues to grow. Now 155 groups strong, the Nature Network is an important champion for nature in Ontario. These new member groups bring a strong commitment to nature that complements our own and we look forward to working with both of them in the coming years. Please join us in welcoming them to the Nature Network!
 

 

Celebrate Ontario's Species at the Kinghurst BioBlitz

Join Ontario Nature and the Saugeen and Owen Sound Field Naturalists Clubs for a bioblitz at our Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve. Scheduled for Saturday May 9, the bioblitz will focus on the plants and animals that call this unique property home, with a special focus on species at risk. Everyone is welcome so grab a friend and join the fun! For more information contact Dana Buchbinder at danab@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 243.   
  

 
 
Photo Courtesy of  Mark Carabetta


Events

  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • FrogFest at Heartland Forest, Saturday April 25 from 11:00am to 4:00pm; admission is free; for more information visit http://www.heartlandforest.org/event/frogfest.  
    • Evening Walk to Woodend Conservation Area, Wednesday April 29 @ 7:00pm; meet outside the gate off Beechwood Road at 7:00pm; for more information contact Rhonda Armstrong at 905-358-3426.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Chimney Swifts with Phyllis Tremblay (Brereton Field Naturalists), Tuesday April 14 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park; for more information email ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
    • Sounds of the Swamp with Peter Wukasch, Tuesday May 12 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park; for more information email ysn.naturalists@gmail.com  
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • The Science and Conservation of Species at Risk, Monday April 20; Professor Tom Nudds will talk about the status of the Endangered Species Act and threats to its implementation at our Annual General Meeting; for more information email saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • Wildflowers and Birds at Moss Lake, Saturday May 16 @ 10:00am; for more information email  saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.      
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • QFN Annual Fundraising Dinner-Reflections on a Career in "Nature Stuff", Monday April 27 at St. Mark's United Church in Belleville; Terry Sprague will share stories about his 40-year career as a naturalist; for more information or to buy tickets, call 613-477-3066.
  • Friends of Minesing Wetlands Event Listings
    • Spring Canoe Trips in the Minesing Wetlands, Saturday April 18 and Saturday May 9 @ 8:30am; meet at the Willow Creek Canoe Corral on George Johnson Road (County Road 28) in Springwater Township; for more information or to register contact Naomi Saunders at nsaunders@nvca.on.ca.
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • AGM, Silent Auction and Potluck Dinner, Friday April 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; at the North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Environmental Writers' Conference, Thursday April 23 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Barrie North Collegiate (110 Grove Street East) in Barrie; for more information visit www.l3writers.ca
    • North Simcoe Rail Trail Cleanup, Saturday April 25 from 9:00am to 2:00pm; meet at 9:00am at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Walk on the Trails of the Gables, Wednesday May 6 @ 6:00pm; meet at Little Lake parking lot at 6:00pm for carpooling; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Orillia Rail Trail Spring Migrants, Saturday May 9 @ 6:00am; meet at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Walk in Little Lake Area, Thursday May 14 @ 8:00am; meet at Little Lake parking lot; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Spring Migration at Tiny Marsh, Saturday May 16 @ 7:00am; meet at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling;  for more information visit www.bfnclub.org
    • Walk Along the Bluebird Trail, Wednesday May 20 @ 6:30pm; meet at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org
    • Walk in Copeland Forest, Saturday May 23 @ 8:30am; meet at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Chimney Swift Survey with Inga Brinckmann, Thursday May 28 @ 8:15pm; meet in the parking lot on Mulcaster Street, south of Collier Street; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.      
  • Nature Guelph Club Event Listings       
    • Tracking Club Outing at the Guelph Arboretum, Sunday April 19 @ 1:00pm, meet at the main arboretum parking lot; for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca.
    • Social Hike Along the Speed River, Sunday April 19 @ 3:00pm; meet in the parking area adjacent to Goldie Mill Park (next to the Guelph Youth Music Centre on Cardigan Street); for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca
    • Bird Wing Outing to Long Point, Saturday April 25 @ 6:00am;  meet at the Wild Birds Unlimited parking lot; for more information email staniforth.larry@rogers.com.
    • Bird Wing Outing to Hullett/Mitchell, Wednesday April 29 @ 6:00am, meet at the Wild Birds Unlimited parking lot; for more information email staniforth.larry@rogers.com.
  • Carolinian Canada Coalition Event Listings
    • EcoTrails and Powerful Interpretive Content: A Set of Two Writing Workshops, Friday May 22 and Wednesday June 3; harness your inner interpretive writer as you join Carolinian Canada and the Dorchester Mill Pond Stewards in a set of two sign development worshops and a tour of the Mill Pond EcoTrail; for more information visit https://caroliniancanada.ca/ecotrails-events.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Basics of Sustainable Trail Building, Saturday April 18 @ 9:00am at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Celebrate Earth Day: a rare Cleanup, Wednesday April 22 @ 6:00pm at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Earth Day Road Toll, Wednesday April 22 @ 7:30am or 3:00pm at Lamb's Inn parking lot (1679 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Spring Awakening: Streams and Flowers and Birds Arise! Sunday April 26 @ 1:00pm at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
  • Orillia Field Naturalists Event Listing
    • Chimney Swift Night with Leanore Wiancko and Day Price, Tuesday May 12 @ 8:00pm; meet in the Orillia Public Library parking lot; for more information contact Leanore Wiancko 705-326-5261. 
    • Spring Migrants on the Cowan Trail with Arni Stinnissen, Sunday May 24 @ 8:30am; meet at Zehrs to carpool to the trail and bring a lunch; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Birding by Car with Nadine Litwin, Monday April 20 @ 7:00pm at the Stevensville Conservation Hall (Ott Road in Stevensville); for more information contact Lynda Goodridge.
    • Outing to Marcy's Woods, Sunday April 26 @ 10:00am; meet at the end of Holloway Bay Road in Sherkston; for more information contact Tim Seburn at 905-871-2577.
    • Return of the Eagle presented in partnership with the Fort Erie Public Library, Wednesday April 29 @ 7:00pm at the Fort Erie Public Library, Centennial Branch (136 Gilmore Road in Fort Erie).
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Irish Woods in Grimsby, Saturday April 25 @ 9:30am; meet at the Tim Horton's at Prudhomme's to arrange carpooling; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
    • Regular Meeting and Potluck Dinner, Monday April 27 @ 6:00pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • Nature's Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Amazing Amphibians Hike in Backus Heritage Conservation Area/Backus Woods, Saturday April 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm; meet at the Education Centre at Backus Heritage Conservation Area (1267 2nd Concession Road, just north of Port Rowan); for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
    • Spring Hike and Mother's Day Crafts at Backus Woods, Saturday May 9 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm; meet at the entrance to Backus Woods off the Third Concession and don't forget your rubber boots; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
    • Hike in Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Saturday June 6 from 9:00am to 11:00am; meet at the parking area at the Big Creek NWA headquarters on The Causeway; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
  • North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Annual Spring Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 9 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard) in Markham; for more information visit www.nanps.org.
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 16 & Sunday May 17 from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Artisans at Work (2071 Danforth Avenue) in Toronto; for more information visit www.nanps.org.
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Sunday May 24 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Christie Pits (750 Bloor Street West) in Toronto; for more information visit www.nanps.org.
  • Bird Studies Canada Event Listings
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Spring Nature Walk on George and Shirley Pond Nature Reserve, Saturday April 18 @ 9:00am; meet at 1653 Front Road, 2 km west of Turkey Point Road.
    • Hike in the Wilson Tract, Saturday April 25 @ 10:00am; Mary Gartshore will lead a hike through this beautiful Carolinian tract of forest; for more information contact Mary at 519-586-3985.
    • Mother's Day Wildflower Hike in Backus Woods, Sunday May 10 @ 1:00pm; Stroll with us to identify and learn about spring flowers and their importance to forest ecology; for more information contact Bernie at 519-428-0706 or solymar@nornet.on.ca
    • Movie and Popcorn Night featuring "Revolution", Tuesday May 12 @ 7:30pm at the Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street); doors will open at 7:15pm.
    • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Forestry Capital Trail, Saturday May 30 @ 10:00am; meet in front of the St. Williams Forestry Interpretive Centre; for more information contact Cynthia Brink at 226-567-0467.
  • Nipissing Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Bird Outings in Laurier Woods Conservation Area with Dick Tafel, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 @ 9:00am; meet at the Brule Street parking lot in North Bay; for more information contact nipnats@gmail.com.
    • Glaciation with Dr. Eric Mattson, Saturday June 6 @ 10:00am; for more information contact nipnats@gmail.com.                            
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on May 15, 2015. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

Please note that events can be listed up to two months in advance - allowing others to put it on their calendar well in advance.

Ontario Nature publishes the Ontario Nature Network News every month with contributions from its member groups and staff.

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