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Help Us Celebrate 85 Years of Connecting People to Nature!

2016 marks Ontario Nature's 85th anniversary and we're celebrating by engaging Ontarians from all walks of life with nature. We will be promoting a suite of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities throughout the coming year. If your group has a hike or nature foray you'd like promoted as a part of our anniversary celebration, please contact Lisa Richardson. Stay tuned for more details in the new year.


Photo Courtesy of Sarah Hedges
2015 Ontario Nature Conservation Awards 

Community involvement defines Ontario Nature's character and approach. With our member groups and individual members, we have made a significant impact on conservation issues in communities across Ontario, building a national legacy for future generations. The Ontario Nature Conservation Awards recognize excellence by honouring individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations who work to protect nature in Ontario. If you know of an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to conservation in 2015, please nominate them by March 31, 2016.

2014 Award Winners 
Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
Northern Species at Risk Guide Now Available

More than 200 species are at risk in Ontario, many of them in danger of disappearing. In northern Ontario alone, more than 50 species are currently at risk, including the northern long-eared bat, the golden eagle and the woodland caribou. Learn about these species and the threats they face in Ontario Nature's new Species at Risk in Northern Ontario Guide. The guide features colourful photos and detailed descriptions of each of its 200 animals and plants. It also includes descriptions of the categories at-risk species are listed under in Ontario. 


Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership Reacts to Crombie Report 

On December 7, David Crombie announced 87 recommendations for the future of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Thanks to input from you and nearly 20,000 others, the Crombie report reflects many of the priorities of Ontario Nature and the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership. but it falls short in a few areas. We need to hold the government accountable to ensure that these important shortcomings are addressed. We will keep you informed about ways to stay involved as we press the government to improve the plans and grow the Greenbelt.            


Christmas Bird Counts

Every winter, Nature Network groups organize Christmas Bird Counts across Ontario to celebrate the holidays. These events bring citizen scientists together to count as many different species, and individuals of those species, as possible in one day. The data they collect help conservation professionals study the long-term population numbers and ranges of North America's birds. If your group is organizing a public Christmas Bird Count that you'd like us to help promote, contact Noah Cole. Click here for a working list of Ontario Nature member groups running Christmas Bird Counts. 


Photo Courtesy of Orillia Naturalists' Club

Last Call for Reptile and Amphibian Data!

Ontario Nature is seeking all reptile and amphibian observations for the annual update of the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. Please submit data as soon as possible, but no later than December 20. Submit sightings via our online form, smartphone app, or by downloading a spreadsheet, all available at For questions, email Thank you and we look forward to receiving your observations. 


Bullfrog, Photo Courtesy of  
Peter Ferguson


  • Nature London Nature in the City Illustrated Talks
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 27 in Niagara Falls; for more information contact Kayo Roy at 905-892-4433.            
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Holiday Pot Luck Featuring a Talk on The Arctic by David Beamer, Monday December 21 @ 6:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Club (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.  
  • Hamilton Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Biding Hotspots of Dundas, Saturday January 9 @ 8:30am; meet at the parking lot behind the Olympic Park Surface Arena (70 Olympic Drive) in Dundas; for more information contact Rob at
    • Monthly Meeting Featuring a Presentation on Floodplain Mapping at the Hamilton Conservation Authority by Jonathan Bastien, Monday January 11 @ 7:30pm at the Royal Botanical Gardens HQ in Burlington.
    • Bird Study Group Meeting Featuring a Talk by Mike Street of Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, Monday January 18 @ 7:30pm at the Burlington Seniors' Centre (2285 New Street) in Burlington.
    • Snowshoeing Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve, Saturday January 30 @ 1:00pm; meet along Concession 7 Puslinch at the parking area just norh of Gore Road; for more information contact Bruce at or 905-928-6415.       
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 20; Woodhouse Count in Norfolk County; for more information contact David Okines at or 519-586-9464.
    • Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 27; Fisherville Count in Haldimand County; for more information contact Linda Thrower at or 905-774-1230.
    • Presentation on Barn Swallows by Kristyn Richardson (Bird Studies Canada), Tuesday January 12 @ 7:30pm at Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe.
    • Winter Birding in Haldimand County, Sunday January 17 @ 2:00pm; meet at Port Dover at the base of the dock on the west side of the harbour; for more information contact Jody at 519-586-3531 ext. 117 or Adam Timpf at 519-586-9964.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listing
    • Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 20 in St. Catharines; for more information contact Marcie Jacklin at 905-871-2577.
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Christmas Bird Count, Monday December 28; for more information or to register contact John Blaney at 613-962-9337.
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Winter Survival Foods with Karen Stephenson, Tuesday January 12 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit
  • Nature Guelph Event Listings
    • Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 20; this is an all day event that starts early and wraps up around 5:00pm; more details to follow on the Nature Guelph website.                                               
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on January 15, 2016. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016.

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