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Good News for Wolves and Coyotes

Last December, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry proposed to address declining moose populations in northern Ontario by easing hunting restrictions on wolves and coyotes. Many of our members and supporters submitted comments to the government opposing this plan. We commend the Ontario Government for listening to your concerns and deciding to leave current hunting restrictions in place. Thank you for speaking out on this issue. It made all the difference! 


Photo Courtesy of Pierre Cardon
ESA Lawsuit Appeal Scheduled for April 19 

Ontario Nature's Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit appeal is only days away. On April 19, the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear our case challenging a Divisional Court ruling that upheld industry exemptions to the ESA. The appeal will be argued pro bono by veteran lawyers Lara Tessaro and Anastasia Lintner. This hearing marks the first time environmental groups have won the right to appeal a case about the ESA or about endangered species. Stay tuned in the coming months to hear the Court's decision.

Lakeside Daisy
Photo Courtesy of Arthur Chapman
Ontario Nature President Recognized by Environmental Defence

Please join us in congratulating Ontario Nature president, Kevin Thomason, for winning Environmental Defence's Green Champion award. The award recognizes his tireless promotion of Ontario's Greenbelt and its expansion to Waterloo Region. Along with being Ontario Nature's president, Kevin is also president of the Waterloo-based Sunfish Lake Association, a Nature Network member group.  

Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
Ontario Nature Responds to Proposed Wetland Destruction 

A proposed development in Niagara Region will include 13 acres of provincially significant wetlands Ontario Nature believes should be off limits. The developer has pledged to create compensatory wetlands elsewhere, but not all wetlands are equal. In a letter to the editor of the St. Catharines Standard, Anne Bell, Ontario Nature's Director of Conservation & Education, stresses that "Biodiversity offsetting should never be used to circumvent policy protecting provincially significant wetlands.".          


Black Gum Tree
Photo Courtesy of Mike Henry
Salamander Sleuthing at Stone Road Alvar

Is your neck sore from looking up during the Pelee Island Bird Festival? Take a break by joining Ontario Nature conservation staff at the stunning Stone Road Alvar Nature Reserve on May 7 to inventory salamanders. We laid cover boards last fall and we're excited to see who is living under them. The day will also feature a guided hike through the reserve's alvar habitat. If you're lucky, you might spot a fox snake or yellow-breasted chat. Visit the Ontario Nature events page for more information.   


Spotted  Salamander
Photo Courtesy of Scott Gillingwater

To Sprawl or Not to Sprawl: Saving Ontario's Greenbelt

Come out to St. Columba's Church Hall in Toronto on April 27 for an information session on urban sprawl in the Greenbelt and the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The evening will feature talks from Susan Lloyd Swail of Environmental Defence, Susan Walmer of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, Joshua Wise of Ontario Nature and Carl Cosack of Food and Water First. Join other concerned citizens to learn what you can do to save Ontario's Greenbelt. For more information contact Anne Purvis at or 416-469-0729.   



  • Brereton Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Hike in the Gables, Wednesday May 4; depart at 6:00pm from LLPL; for more information contact Phyllis Tremblay at 705-737-2580.
    • Orillia Rail Trail Spring Migrants, Saturday May 7; depart at 7:00am from LLPL; for more information contact Jim Coey at 705-543-1866.
    • Walk in Little Lake Area, Thursday May 12; depart at 8:00am from LLPL; for more information contact Phylllis Tremblay at 705-737-2580.
    • Spring Migration at Tiny Marsh, Saturday May 14; depart at 7:00am from LLPL; for more information contact Don Scanlan at 705-726-6591.
    • Walk in Copeland Forest, Saturday May 21; depart 8:00am from LLPL; for more information contact David Lord at 705-835-6642. 
    • Chimney Swift Surveying, Wednesday May 25; meet at 8:15pm in the parking lot on Mulcaster Street south of Collier Street; for more information contact Inga Brinckmann at 705-727-9071.
    • Spring at Matchedash Bay, Saturday May 28; depart at 7:30am from LLPL; for more information contact Dave Lord at 705-835-6642.
    • Oro Rail Trail Flora and Fauna, Saturday June 4; depart at 8:30am from LLPL; for more information contact Brian and Lynne Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
    • Birding Carden Alvar, Saturday June 11; depart at 7:30am from LLPL; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4599 or Jim Spruce at 705-728-3884.  
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Weekend Outing to Evergreen Resort, Friday June 10 to Sunday June 12; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.            
  • Kingston Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Annual General Meeting featuring "Habitat Selection, Population Size and Breeding Success of Bobolink & Eastern Meadowlark" by KFN president Kurt Hennige, Thursday April 21 @ 7:00pm at Room 1102, Biosciences Complex, Queens University (116 Barrie Street) in Kingston; for more information visit
    • Public Walks at Lemoine Point Conservation Area, every Wednesday in May at 6:30am and 6:30pm; for more information visit
    • 2016 BioBlitz at Menzel Centennial Provincial Park, Friday June 17 to Saturday June 18; for more information contact Anne Robertson at 613-389-6742 or       
  • Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Arctic Wildlife of Canada, Iceland and Greenland with Jean Iron, Thursday April 21 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at
    • Tiny Marsh Waterfowl Viewing Day, Saturday April 23 all day at Tiny Marsh; for more information contact
    • Matchedash Bay with Jim Charlebois, Saturday May 7; meet at the Midland Walmart parking lot for carpooling @ 8:30am; for more information contact Jim Charlebois at 705-534-4594.
    • Spring in the Marsh with Tanya Pulfer, Thursday May 19 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at
    • The Big Pull Garlic Mustard Control at Tiny Marsh, Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 from 9:00am to noon; for more information contact Kate Harries at 705-322-2545.          
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Annual Fundraising Dinner featuring "Birder Murder Mysteries" by Steve Burrows, Monday April 25 @ 6:00pm at St. Mark's United Church (237 Cannifton Road North) in Belleville; for more information or to purchase tickets contact Doug Newfield at 613-477-3066.
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System, Monday April 18 @ 8:00pm; for meeting location information visit
    • Landscape Features (physiography) of Central Bruce County, Saturday April 23 @ 10:00am; meet at Big Bruce north of Chesley for carpooling; for more information contact
    • Spring Wildflowers at Kinghurst, Sunday May 15 @ 10:00am; meet at the east parking lot of the Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve; for more information contact
    • Orchids on the Bruce, Saturday June 11 @ 8:30am; meet at the Zellers parking lot in Hanover for carpooling; for more information contact
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Rehabilitation of a Hairy Woodpecker, Tuesday May 10 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit
  • Bert Miller Nature Club of Fort Erie Event Listing
    • Great Lakes Biodiversity Conservation Strategies with Dan Kraus (Nature Conservancy of Canada), Monday April 18 @ 7:00pm at the Stevensville Conservation Club (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
    • Hiking Marcy's Woods, Sunday May 1 @ 10:00am; meet at the end of Holloway Bay Road in Sherkston; for more information contact Tim Seburn at 905-871-2577. 
  • Orillia Naturalists' Club Event Listing
    • Sights and Sounds of Spring with Muriel Sinclair, Thursday April 21 @ 6:30pm; meet behind Zehr's and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.
    • Sights and Sounds of Spring with Muriel Sinclair, Monday April 25 @ 6:30pm; meet behind Zehr's and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.
    • Annual General Meeting and Potluck Supper, Wednesday May 4 @ 6:00pm on the 2nd floor gallery of OMAH; for more information contact Barb Ryckman at 705-242-4026.
    • Chimney Swift Night, Tuesday May 10 @ 8:00pm; meet in the Orillia Public Library parking lot; for more information contact Leanore Wiancko at 705-326-5261.
    • Bird Migration Hike near Matchedash Bay on the Cowan Trail, Saturday May 21 @ 7:30am; meet at Zehrs to carpool and bring a lunch; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.  
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Knitting in Nature Night, Wednesday April 20 @ 5:30pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Earth Day Road Toll, Friday April 22 @ 7:30am at Lamb's Inn Parking Lot (1679 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Earth Day Cleanup, Friday April 22 @ 6:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Birdhouse Building Workshop, Saturday April 30 @ 1:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Boots & Bolo Barn Dance, Friday May 27; for more information contact Cheyanne Richardson at 519-650-9336 x 126 or     
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Potluck Dinner and Raffle, Monday April 25 @ 6:00pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • Hamilton Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Rebuilding Bronte's Natural Infrastructure with Jack Imhof (Director of Conservation Ecology for Trout Unlimited Canada), May 9 @ 7:30pm at Royal Botanical Gardens HQ (Plains Road West) in Burlington.
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust Event Listings
  • North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Annual Spring Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 7 @ 10:00am at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard) in Markham; visit for more information and advance orders.
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 14 @ 11:00am at Artisans at Work (2071 Danforth Avenue) in Toronto; visit for more information.
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Sunday May 29 @ 12:00pm at Christie Pitts (750 Bloor Street West) in Toronto; visit for more information.
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Mother's Day Spring Wildflower Hike in Backus Woods, Sunday May 8 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm; meet at the parking lot on Concession Road 3, north of Port Rowan; for more information contact Fiona at 519-586-2217.
    • Movie and Popcorn, Tuesday May 10 @ 7:30pm at the Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe.
    • Spring Migrants in Backus Woods, Saturday May 14 from 7:30am to 9:30am in the South Tract of Backus Woods, for more information contact Bernie at 519-428-0706.
  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Club member research and presentation on insects, Tuesday May 3 @ 7:30pm at the York Region Police Building Meeting Room (Baseline Road between McCowan and Civic Centre Road) in Georgina; for more information phone 905-722-8021.
  • Natures Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Rooted in Nature Outdoor Family Festival, Sunday July 10 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Long Point Waterfowl's Research and Education Centre (546 Turkey Point Road) in Turkey Point, Norfolk County; for more information visit                                                       
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The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on May 15, 2016. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.

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