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Snapping Turtle Hunt Banned!

Our deepest thanks to everyone who supported our call to end the snapping turtle hunt in Ontario. Your voices were heard. On Friday March 31, the government announced its decision to terminate the hunt. This victory is proof that our collective voice, when amplified, can be a powerful tool to affect positive change for Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.  


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Stratford to Become a Bee City 

Thanks to the efforts of a grade 10 student and energetic member of Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, Ethan Elliott, Stratford has become Ontario’s newest ‘Bee City.’ Ethan is one of more than 90 young leaders on Ontario Nature’s Youth Council. As part of their ongoing campaign to protect pollinators, the Youth Council is approaching their schools and municipalities about Bee City Canada’s declaration programs. Congratulations Ethan and the City of Stratford!

Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol
Registration for 2017 Annual Gathering Now Open 

Registration is now open for Ontario Nature's 86th Annual Gathering, All Creatures Great & Small, on June 2 4 at Kempenfelt Conference Centre on Lake Simoe. Highlights of the weekend include inspiring speakers, expert-led nature workshops and guided field trips to some incredible natural areas. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow nature lovers and have a weekend of fun in the outdoors. For more information contact Jaklynn Nimec. Registration closes on May 8, so book your spot now! 

Photo Courtesy of Kempenfelt Conference Centre
Granting Resources for Nature Network Groups 

Are you looking for funding for your group or projects? Check out the Stewardship Network of Ontario's website to see a comprehensive list of grants for environmental groups in Ontario. The list was compiled by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and it contains both private and public sources of funding.

Photo Courtesy of Camille Tremblay
Stand up for the Greenbelt and Stop Sprawl for Good! 

Decisions on the future of the Greenbelt are being made now. It's time for another push to urge the Premier to protect water sources, sensitive natural areas and farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. A recent letter writing campaign generated nearly 2,500 emails sent to the Premier and key Cabinet members in less than three weeks. Please join us and sign the letter urging the government to stand up for the Greenbelt and strop sprawl for good  


Photo Courtesy of Bill Lishman

Join the Tiny Marsh Garlic Mustard Pull

The Ontario Invasive Plant Council is hosting a garlic mustard pull at Tiny Marsh on May 27 & 28 and you are invited to lend a hand. Every May, volunteers have been diligently removing garlic mustard from Tiny Marsh. As the invasive plants are removed, they will be replaced with 1,500 flowering native perennials that will provide much-needed pollen and nectare for native pollinators. Contact Anne McArthur for more information on how you can help the effort.


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  • Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council Event Listings
    •  Lyme Disease: Get Ticked Off with Dr. Andrew Peregrine (University of Guelph Clinical Parasitologist), Tuesday April 25 @ 7:00pm at Strathcona Paper Centre (16 McPherson Drive) in Napanee; for more information visit
  • MacNamara Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Axes to Ashes, Singing Saws to Howling Wolves: How Lumbering Changed the Nature of the Ottawa Valley with Rory MacKay, Friday April 28 @ 7:00pm at St. John's Chrysostom Parish Hall (295 Albert Street) in Arnprior; for more information visit
  • Orillia Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Sights and Sounds Field Trip with Muriel Sinclair, Tuesday April 4, Tuesday April 11, Tuesday April 18 and Thursday April 20; meet behind the Zehrs at 6:30pm and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.
    • AGM and Pot Luck Supper, Wednesday May 3 @ 6:00pm on the 2nd floor gallery of OMAH; for more information contact Barb Ryckman at 705-242-4026.
    • Chimney Swift Night with Leanore Wiancko and Kay Price, Tuesday May 24 @ 8:00pm; for more information contact Leanore Wiancko 705-326-5261.
    • Spring Trip to Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Tuesday June 6 or Saturday June 10 @ 10:30am; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.       
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Spring Shore Birds and Ducks on the Grimston Flats, Saturday April 22 @ 9:30am; meet at the Scone school house to carpool; for more information or to register contact Angus Inksetter at 519-364-3331 or Jerry Asling at 519-364-2608.
    • Mother's Day Wildflower Walk in Kinghurst Nature Reserve, Sunday May 14 @ 10:00am; meet at the east parking lot of Kinghurst Nature Reserve; for more information and to register contact
    • Spring Birds in the Walkerton Area, Saturday May 20 @ 8:30am; meet at the Giant Tiger parking lot in Hanover to carpool; for more information and to register contact
    • Explore Camp Oliver Forest, Saturday June 3;  for more information and to register contact
    • Overnight Trip to Norfolk County, Friday June 16 to Saturday June 17; the trip will include visits to Backus Woods, Long Point Bird Observatory and St. Wiliams Nursery and Ecology Centre; for more information and to register contact
    • Sharing Nature with Children and Youth with Dan Schneider, Monday June 19; for more information visit         
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner, Friday April 15 @ 6:00pm at Northwest Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Christine Beggs at 705-721-6842.
    • North Simcoe Rail Trail Cleanup, Saturday April 22 @ 10:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Chris Evans at 705-722-1136.
    • Tour of The Gables, Wednesday May 3 @ 6:00pm; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Phyllis Tremblay at 705-737-2580.
    • Tour of the Little Lake Area, Thursday May 11 @ 8:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Phyllis Tremblay at 705-737-2580.
    • Spring Migration at Tiny Marsh, Saturday May 13 at 7:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Don Scanlan at 705-726-6591.
    • Birding in Barrie, Saturday May 27 @ 7:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Alex Mills at 705-739-1094.
    • Oro-Medonte Rail Trail Flora and Fauna, Saturday June 3 @ 8:30am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Lynn Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
    • Birding at Carden Alvar, Saturday June 10 @ 7:30am;  meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4591.
  • Upper Credit Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
  • Norfolk Field Naturalist Event Listings
    • Early Spring Hike at St. Williams Conservation Reserve's Turkey Point Ravines, Saturday April 22 @ 9:30am meet on Turkey Point Road hill south of Front Road; for more information contact Audrey at 519-586-9464.
    • Movie Night: Escarpment Blues, Tuesday May 9 @ 7:30pm at Simcoe Seniors' Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe; for more information contact Len at 519-428-6796.
    • Mother's Day Spring Wildflower Hike in Backus Woods, Sunday May 14 @ 1pm; meet at the parking lot on Concession Road 3; for more information contact Bernie at 519-428-0706.
    • Spring Migrants in Backus Woods, Saturday May 20 @ 7:30am; meet at the parking lot on Concession Road 3; for more information contact Bernie at 519-428-0706.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation: Protecting and Preserving Mother Earth for Future Generations with Kerry-Ann Charles, Tuesday May 9 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information visit
  • High Park Stewards Event Listings
    • Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Sunday April 23 @ 10:30am at Howard Park Tennis Club (430 Parkside Drive) in Toronto; for more information visit
  • Midland-Penetang Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Fences: Their Fascinating Role in our History with David Hawke, Thursday April 20 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at 705-331-5263.
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Event Listings
  • Friends of Second Marsh Event Listings
    • Feathered Friends Festival, Saturday June 3 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Second Marsh Wildlife Area in Oshawa; for more information contact Wioletta Walancik at                                                                                
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