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A Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario is Released

Good news! With its new Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario, the Province has confirmed that provincially significant wetlands and Great Lakes coastal wetlands will continue to be off limits to development. Current policy protections will be upheld as the government develops a new wetland offsetting policy. Though we are disappointed with some aspects of the final strategy, it is an improvement over the draft version. Thank you to all who raised your voice for wetlands. It really does matter.   

 





Wetland at Newton N.R.
Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature
 
You Are Invited to the ALUS Norfolk Annual Stewardship Tour 

Each year, Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Norfolk invites participants, partners, and community members to join them for a tour of stewardship project sites on local farm properties. This year’s stewardship tour is scheduled for Wednesday August 23 and, as always, it is open to members of the public. Space is limited to 120 guests, so register early. For more information, contact alusnorfolk@alus.ca. 
   
 





Digital BioBlitz Extended 

Thank you to everyone who submitted their reptile and amphibian sightings as a part of our Digital BioBlitz. Because of citizen scientists like you, we have more than 5,500 approved submissions from across Ontario! We are just shy of our goal of 6,000 sightings, so we’re extending the submission deadline to August 31. No matter where your summer adventures lead you, please submit your sightings using our atlas app. By sharing your data, you’re helping to protect Ontario’s turtles, snakes, salamanders and frogs
 
 
 
 





Neonicotinoid Court Action to Proceed  

In an unexpectedly quick decision, Federal Court Case Management Judge Mandy Aylen has ruled that our court action to protect pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides should proceed. On July 5 & 6, a hearing was held to determine if the court action that we, Wilderness Committee, David Suzuki Foundation and Friends of the Earth Canada had brought against the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for its continued registrations of 2 neonicotinoids  should be heard by the courts. We are pleased with the outcome of that hearing, and will keep you informed on how the action proceeds.
    

 




Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol

Help Us Protect More Nature in Ontario  

We’ve partnered with renowned singer-songwriter, Jack Johnson, on his 2017 summer tour to urge the government to create more protected areas in Ontario. He will match every dollar you give for the next 30 days- up to a total of $3,000! Six years ago our government promised to protect 17% of our land and inland waters by 2020. Today, we’re only at 11% of that goal. We hope you’ll take advantage of this exciting chance right now to have your gift go twice as far for Protected Areas.

 




Photo Courtesy of Environment Canada
Join a Land Knowledge Circle in The Land Between

Citizens in The Land Between region (from Georgian Bay to the Ottawa Valley) are invited to share their observations and knowledge of the land and develop relationships at four knowledge circles events this fall. The goals of these events are to share local knowledge, understand the conditions of the land, cultivate cooperation and develop strength through new relationships. The Talking Circles will be led by The Land Between charity, Curve Lake First Nation and Hastings Stewardship Council. Contact Leora Berman at info@thelandbetween.ca for more information.

 


Events 

  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Garden Pot Luck Social, Monday August 21 @ 6:00pm; meet at Springbank Farm (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit the rare website.        
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Kinghurst Ferns, Saturday September 16 @ 10:00am at Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve (Concession 6, Sullivan Township); for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • The Night Sky, Monday September 25 @ 8:00pm at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Office in Formosa; visit the saugeen nature website for more information.
    • Falling Waters Hike: Beaver Valley Early Fall Colours, Saturday October 14 @ 1:30pm; meet at Hogg's Falls parking lot; for more information contact Blain Horsley at bmhorsl@bmts.com or 519-986-4839.
    • The Nature of Stringed Instruments, Monday October 30 @ 8:00pm at Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters in Formosa; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.     
  • Norfolk Field Naturalist Event Listings
    • Sex and Song: Moths, Katydids and Other Nocturnal Insects, Saturday August 19 @ 8:30pm at 316 Norfolk County Road 60 in Walsingham; for more information contact Mary or Peter at 519-586-3985.
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Event Listings
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • The Work of the Invasive Species Council with Collin Cassin (Invasive Species Council), Tuesday September 12 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Drive) in East Gwillimbury, for more information visit ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
    • Light Pollution and It's Effect on People and Wildlife with Ray Ford, Tuesday October 10 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Drive) in East Gwillimbury, for more information visit ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
    • A Campaign to Enshrine the Right to a Healthy Environment in an Environmental Bill of Rights, Tuesday November 14 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Drive) in East Gwillimbury, for more information visit ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Flora and Fauna of the Bruce Peninsula, Friday September 8 to Sunday September 10 at Evergreen Resort in Red Bay; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.                                                                                      
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on September 15, 2017. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2017.

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