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Cawthra Mulock Family Fun BBQ, August 29

Celebrate nature with the whole family at Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve near Newmarket! Join Ontario Nature staff on August 29 to celebrate pollinators with a Bee-BBQ picnic, nature hike, crafts, games and more. Explore nature on a kid-friendly guided trail hike and talk to experts about welcoming wildlife to your own backyard. Nature-lovers of all ages can decorate butterfly wings, join bee relays and learn about the amazing world of pollinators. Contact Megan Anevich at to join the fun!


Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve
Photo Courtesy of Maria Papoulias
Have Your Say on Wetland Conservation 

The Ontario government is developing a Strategic Plan for Ontario Wetlands and they want your input.  The plan will identify a provincial vision, goals and objectives for wetlands in Ontario and set out a series of actions that the government will undertake over the next 10 to 15 years to improve wetland conservation across the province. Your feedback will identify current challenges and opportunities and help guide future actions. Visit the Environmental Registry to submit your comments before the October 30th deadline.

Newton Nature Reserve Wetland
Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature 
Ontario Master Naturalist Program Fall Workshops

The inaugural Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP), launched this spring by Lakehead University and Ontario Nature, will offer a series of fall workshops to build on the program’s success. These informative sessions are open to everyone and will cover topics ranging from invasive species to mushroom identification and species at risk to field sketching. Please note that the workshops are designed as general interest sessions and are not part of the OMNP certificate program. For more details or to register online, visit the Ontario Nature website.


Conservation Authority Act Review Open for Comment 

You can have your say on the provincial government’s review of the Conservation Authorities Act. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has posted a discussion paper to solicit public and multi-sector feedback on the current act which governs conservation authorities and the programs and services they deliver. This discussion paper outlines a number of ways to engage in the review and MNRF encourages all parties to participate. The deadline for submitting comments is October 19, 2015.           


Photo Courtesy of  Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
Help Us Ban VisionMax Spraying in the North

Please sign our petition calling for a ban on the use of Monsanto's VisionMax herbicide in the boreal forest. Forest management companies spray VisionMax and other glyphosate herbicides to curb the growth of plants that compete with trees grown for logging. But this spraying coincides with peak blueberry season, exposing berry pickers and wildlife to potential harm. The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently designated VisionMax as "probably carcinogenic". To learn more, contact Julee Boan at


Photo Courtesy of Gregor Beck

Herp Sleuthing at Stone Road Alvar, September 4

Catch the M. V. Jiimaan to Pelee Island on September 4 and join Ontario Nature at the stunning Stone Road Alvar for an afternoon of snake and salamander sleuthing. You will help us set up cover board monitoring plots to be used in a 3-year study of the reserve's amphibians and reptiles. Stone Road Alvar is home to amazing reptile diversity and the monitoring plots you set up will help us learn more about these special species. Click here to find out how you can get involved.


Garter Snake 
Photo Courtesy of  Maria Papoulias


  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Evening Walk at Dufferin Islands, Wednesday August 26 @ 7:00pm; for more information contact Joyce Sankey at 905-329-9672.
    • Evening Walk to Whirlpool Woods, Wednesday September 2 @ 7:00pm; meet at the trail parking lot on the Niagara Parkway north of Whirlpool Road; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
    • A Journey to Kenya with Marcie Jacklin and Tim Seburn, Wednesday September 9 @ 7:00pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library (4848 Victoria Avenue) in Niagara Falls; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.      
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
  • Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Event Listings
    • Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario, May 8 to August 23 at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre (16160 Highway 12 in Midland); for more information contact
  • Nature's Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Monarch Watch, Saturday September 26 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon; meet at the parking lot across from The Causeway Restaurant; for more information contact or 519-410-7376.
    • Autumn Leaves Hike on Lynn Valley Trail, Sunday October 18 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm; meet at the trail entrance on Blue Line Road just north of the St. Johns Road (Regional Road #3) intersection; for more information contact or 519-410-7376.
    • Fiery Faces Pumpkin Carving Workshop, Saturday October 31 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon; location TBA; for more information contact or 519-410-7376. 
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Backus Woods at Night, Saturday August 29 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Backus Woods; meet at the parking lot off the 3rd Concession Road entrance into Backus Woods; for more information contact Bernie at 510-428-0706 or
    • AGM featuring Backyard Biodiversity: An Introduction to the Sectret Life of Lichens with Dr. Troy McMullin, Tuesday September 8 @ 7:30pm at Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe. 
  • Nipissing Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Seedless Plants with Joe Boivin, Saturday September 5 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
    • Geology with Larry Dyke, Saturday October 3 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
    • Investigating Tracks and Signs with Jeremy St. Onge & Lucy Emmott, Saturday November 7 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
    • History of Laurier Woods with Dick Tafel, Saturday December 5 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
  • Friends of Minesing Wetlands Event Listings
    •  Fall Paddle Through the Minesing Wetlands, Saturday October 3 @ 8:30am; meet at the Willow Creek Canoe Coral on George Johnson Road (County Road 28) at 8:30am; the trip will take approx. 5 hours; for more information visit
  • Orillia Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Once and Future Great Lakes with John Riley, Wednesday September 16 @ 7:30pm at ODAS Park (4500 Fairgrounds Road) in Orillia.
    • Walk the Alexander Hope Smith Property with Ron Reid, Sunday October 4 @ 1:00pm; meet at the Zehrs to car pool; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
    • Diversity of Soils with Harry Stoddart, Wednesday October 7 @ 7:30pm; for more information contact Ruth Anne Gale at 705-326-1805.
  • Nature League Event Listing
    • Green and Healthy Living Festival, September 12 & 13 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Curling Club in Collingwood; for more information visit
  •  Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listing
    • Regular Meeting Featuring a Presentation on the Weather of Ontario, Monday September 21 @ 7:00pm at the Stevensville Conservation Club (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.                                   
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