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Good News for Pollinators 

On November 25, the provincial government announced a plan to reduce neonicotinoid use on corn and soybean by 80% by 2017. This target is a bold and necessary step to address the threats that these pesticides pose to human and ecosystem health. The province also announced that it will develop a Pollinator Health Action Plan to help Ontarians better understand and address the causes of pollinator decline. You can provide comments on the proposal through the environmental registry (EBR Registry Number 012-3068. The deadline for comment is January 25, 2015.  


Energy East Pipeline: Our Risk, Their Reward 

Ontario Nature joins grassroots groups across northern and eastern Ontario opposed to the Energy East Pipeline project with a new video. You can check it out here. The proposed pipeline puts our precious waterways at risk. Pipeline leaks can be gushers or pinprick leaks that slowly poison nearby waterways and aquifers. In the Kalamazoo River spill in 2010, 18 hours passed before the leak was discovered and 4 years later it still hasn't been cleaned up. We don't want this to happen in Ontario!  

Visit the New Marvellous Moraine Website

We are excited to announce the launch of a new website that celebrates the "marvellous moraine". Brought to you by Ontario Nature, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, Earthroots and EcoSpark, it's part of a larger initiative to remind Ontarians of the value of the moraine and to engage them in the upcoming public review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan. We invite you to check out this fun website, to share it with your friends and family and to sign up for campaign updates. 



2014 Ontario Nature Conservation Awards

It's time once again to honour the individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations who have worked to protect nature in Ontario. If you know of an individual or group who deserves recognition for their contribution to conservation this year, we'd like to hear about them. Recipients of Ontario Nature's Conservation Awards will be honoured at our 84th Annual Gathering at rare ECO Centre in Cambridge on May 23, 2015. The nominations deadline is March 31, 2015. For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Lauren Wright at     


Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
Join a Local Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count, initiated by American ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1900, is a one-day bird census conducted by volunteers in fixed plots. Counts are organized locally by birding and nature clubs, and are free and open to everyone. This year, counts run from December 14 to January 5. Ontario Nature member groups are coordinating more than 70 counts. To find one near you, visit the Ontario Nature website

Barred Owl, Photo Courtesy of Brereton Field Naturalists

Ontario Nature Hosts Greenway Program Webinar

On November 26, forty-four naturalists and other members of the conservation community joined Ontario Nature for our inaugural webinar on our Greenway Program. Sarah Hedges, Conservation & Education Coordinator and Josh Wise, Greenway Program Manager presented two recently released Ontario Nature reports: Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning and Insights into Biodiversity Offsetting in Ontario. We are planning additional webinars on a variety of topics for 2015. Stay tuned for more details in the new year.


Photo Courtesy of Paul Hamilton


  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Holiday Potluck featuring a presentation of "A Healthy Dose of Green" with Bob Keen of Trees Ontario, Monday December 15 @ 6:00pm at Beef on Wick; cost is $5/person; bring your own place setting and favourite dish to share. For more information contact Janet Kellam (905-871-0480) or Viki Vusche (905-871-7940).  
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Christmas Party and Members' Show Night, Wednesday December 17 @ 7:00pm; Bring a favourite dessert to share.
    • Niagara Falls Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 28; for more information contact Kayo Roy at 905-892-4433. 
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 14; for more information contact Marcie Jacklin at 905-871-2577.   
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Screech Owl Snowshoe Hike at the Murray Tract, Saturday January 31, 2015; meet at the Kinghurst Management Area parking lot; for more details and to register, email
    • Snowshoe Hike in the Greenock Swamp, Saturday February 21, 2015; meet at the parking lot opposite Mary Immaculate Church in Chepstow at 10:00am; for more information or to register contact Doug Lonsdale at  
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Costa Rica's Biodiversity with Ken Vogan, Tuesday January 13, 2015 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue in River Drive Park); for more information contact
    • The Importance of Headwaters with Andrew McCammon, Tuesday February 10, 2015 @7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue in River Drive Park); for more information contact
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Barrie Christmas Bird Count and Potluck Supper, Saturday December 20 @ 5:00am; potluck supper will be at 6:00pm at North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North in Barrie); to participate in the bird count, contact
    • Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Saturday January 3, 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation (8195 8th Line in Utopia); to register visit and click on Events & Education; registration deadline is December 30. 
    • Club meeting featuring "Marsh Monitoring in the Minesing Wetland" by Dave Featherstone (Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority), Friday January 16, 2015 @ 7:30pm; $5 admission charge for non-members; for more information visit  
  • Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count, Saturday December 27; the count will focus on a 24 km circle centred on the bridge over the Mississippi River in Carleton Place and will include Almonte, Appleton and Ashton; for more information or to register contact Iain Wilkes at 613-257-1126 or
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on January 15, 2015. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2015.

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