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ESA Lawsuit Hearing Scheduled for January 14-15

In September 2013, Ontario Nature and Wildlands League sued the Ontario government over its decision to exempt major threats to species at risk from the province's Endangered Species Act (ESA). The hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for January 14-15, 2015; Ecojustice is providing legal counsel. Thank you for your continued support with this important campaign. For more information, contact Caroline Schultz at


Loggerhead Shrike Courtesy of Shutterstock
Registration Now Open for 2014 Youth Summit

We'd like to invite you and the young people in your networks to our Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Community Action, September 19-21 in Orillia. If your group is interested in sponsoring a youth to attend, but is having difficulty finding one, contact Sarah Hedges at To learn more about what this year's summit will offer and to register online, click here.

 2013 Youth Summit, Photo Courtesy of Catherine Jimenea
Have Your Say on the Rouge Park Management Plan

The Rouge National Urban Park draft management plan is available for public viewing and feedback. This is your chance to voice your views on how Canada's newest national park should be managed. A formal public engagement process on the proposed management plan is underway, with public open house meetings scheduled for the following dates and locations: September 9 in Markham, September 10 in Scarborough, September 16 in Pickering and September 18 in Toronto. Click here for more details on these meetings.

Map of Rouge Park
New Trail at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve

Ontario Nature staff and volunteers from the Four Seasons Conservancy and Pembroke Area Field Naturalists have created a 1.6 km hiking trail on our Reilly Bird Nature Reserve near Deep River. The trail brings visitors up to the top of the terrace on the property offering stunning views over the Ottawa River. Trail maps and trail blazes still need to be added before we invite visitors to explore the property, so stay tuned for the official trail opening announcement. This work was generously funded by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  


Reilly Bird NR, Photo Courtesy of Megan Anevich
Youth Council Launches Pollinator Campaign

Ontario Nature's Youth Council has initiated a campaign to protect Ontario's pollinators. In May, Youth Council members delivered 1,200+ signed postcards to Queen's Park asking Premier Wynne to restrict the use of neonicotinoids, the harmful insecticides known to severely affect bee populations. They followed up in July with an open letter to the Premier updating their request to a complete ban on these pesticides in Ontario. The Youth Council is currently working on the next phase of the campaign. To learn more about what they're planning, visit the pollinator campaign webpage.  


Bumblebee at Cawthra Mulock NR, Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Barden

BioBlitz Explores Life in Thunder Bay

The 2014 Ontario BioBlitz wrapped up on July 19 with an all-ages event at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area in Thunder Bay. Sixty people joined Ontario Nature staff to learn about and identify the plants and animals found in their community. A highlight for many was the discovery of an American white pelican flying over Lake Superior. The Thunder Bay BioBlitz was one of seven events that occurred across the province as a part of this year's Ontario BioBlitz. To learn more, contact Will Stolz at


American White Pelican, Photo Courtesy of Cameron Rognan



  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Butterfly Festival, Saturday September 20 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Stephensville Conservation Area; for more information, contact Dawn Pierrynowski at or 905-384-2476.
  •  Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • ** This Event is Cancelled Great Egrets at Luther Marsh, Saturday August 23
    • Benthic Biomonitoring of Macroinvertebrates with Saugeen Conservation Authority staff, Saturday September 6 @ 10:00am; meet at the Rotary Park in Mildmay; for more information or to join the outing, contact Jo-Anne Harbinson (Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority) at 519-367-3040 ext 235.
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Walk to Locust Grove, Wednesday August 20 @ 7:00pm; meet in the Queenston Heights parking lot by the traffic circle on the Niagara Parkway; for more information, contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
    • Walk to Dufferin Island, Wednesday August 27 @ 7:00pm; meet at the first parking lot by the bridge; for more information, contact Joyce Sankey at 905-329-9672.
    • Walk to Whirlpool Woods, Wednesday September 3 @ 7:00pm; meet at the nature trail parking lot on the Niagara Parkway north of Whirlpool Road; for more information, contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Ambushed: Some Lessons from Bugs in Our Own Backyard, Sunday September 7 @ 1:00pm; meet at the Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • Dragonflies and Damselflies: Biology and Identification, Sunday September 14 @ 1:00pm; meet at George Street parking lot; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • How to Produce Measured Drawings of Historic Buildings and Why, Sunday September 21 @ 1:00pm; meet at the Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • 2014 Walk & Run for rare, Sunday September 28 @ 9:15am; meet at Riverbluffs Park (211 George Street North) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • Preparing for the Storm: Gorgeous Gardens, Dry Basements, Healthy Rivers and Wetlands, Sunday October 5 @ 1:00pm; meet at the Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • Weird Wildlife with Mark Polmeroy, Saturday October 18 @ 10:00am; meet at the Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Sex and Song: Katydids and Other Nocturnal Insects, Saturday August 23 @ 7:30pm; meet at 316 Norfolk County Road 60 in Walsingham (extension of Hwy 24, west of Hwy 59); for more information, contact Mary Gartshore or Peter Carson at 519-586-3985.
    • Annual AGM with guest speaker Fiona Reid: Role of Moths as Night Pollinators, Tuesday September 9 @ 7:30pm; meet at the Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe.
Upcoming Deadlines

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

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