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Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario's Cap & Trade System

The Ontario government has launched public consultations on how carbon offsets may be made available to carbon polluters who are unable to achieve their required greenhouse gas pollution reductions. Please join us in calling for a cap and trade system that safeguards Ontario's wild species and spaces by the December 30, 2016 deadline. Be sure to reference Environmental Registry number 012-9078.


Photo Courtesy of Lake Superior Park
Protect the Magic of Nature This Holiday 

Look with your heart and you'll see the magic of nature everywhere - from the fall bird migration to bumblebees pollinating flowers, and in nature's secrets we've yet to uncover. Will you please make a special gift this year to protect the magic of nature in Ontario this holiday? With your gift this holiday, you will be helping to keep the magic of nature alive - every dollar truly does make a difference. Thanks and happy holidays!

'Tis the Season for Christmas Bird Counts

Throughout the holiday season, many Ontarians enjoy one decadent feast after another. Why not burn off those newly-acquired calories by helping our feathered friends? Christmas Bird Counts are one-day bird censuses conducted by volunteers. Each count is free and open to people of all ages and skill levels. This year's counts will run from December 14, 2016 to January 5, 2017. Visit Ontario Nature's website to find a count near you. 

Photo Courtesy of  the Brereton Field Naturalists

Thank You for Your Support! 

Thanks to your generous support on Giving Tuesday, we raised more than $20,192 in support of the work our Youth Council has planned for 2017. Their goal is to raise public awareness about the importance of pollinators and to create pollinator friendly habitat across Ontario. A heartfelt thank you to our proud sponsor, Ontario Power Generation, for their generous $10,000 matching donation.    

Give the Gift of Nature Today 

Order your gifts of Ontario Nature membership today! Each gift of membership comes with a 2017 membership, a special bonus bag of Birds & Beans Ontario Nature blend of organic, fair trade, bird-friendly coffee and five issues of our award-winning quarterly magazine, ON Nature. Order yours now and share your love of nature with your friends and family this holiday season. This special offer is available for $50 and you will receive a $35 charitable tax receipt. Orders must be received by December 19th to arrive before Christmas. Orders received after this time will be sent out in January of the new year.    

Pickering Naturalists are Celebrating Their 40th!

Forty years ago, a small group of committed environmentalists in Pickering decided to form a nature organization. Four decades later, it's time to celebrate! The Pickering Naturalists (PN) are celebrating their 40th anniversary on March 2, 2017 at the Pickering Recreation Complex. All attendees are encouraged to bring club photos, newspaper clippings or other memorabilia to share with PFN members. For more information, visit the Pickering Naturalists website.




  • Nature London's Nature in the City Illustrated Talk Listings
    • Warning: Winter Bird Watching May Cause You to Embrace the Cold, Tuesday January 17 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
    • Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers, Tuesday January 24 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
    • Learning From the Past So We Don't Repeat It, Tuesday January 31 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
    • Do Birds Have Posh or Cockney Accents? Tuesday February 7 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
    • Save a Little Love for Wetlands! Tuesday February 14 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
    • Magical Meadowlily: A Four-Season Oasis, Tuesday February 21 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Niagara Falls Christmas Bird Count, Tuesday December 27; for more information contact Marcie Jacklin at 905-341-6664.
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Holiday potluck with a talk on asteroids by Tracy Gregg, Monday December 19 @ 6:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Area (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Viki Busche at 905-871-7940 or Lorraine-Joyce Brown at 905-991-8626.       
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count,  Sunday December 18; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.       
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Snowshoe at Kinghurst and Murray Tract, Saturday January 21, 2017; for more information visit Please register in advance.
    • Snowshoe Hike for Screech Owls at Allan Park Conservation Area, Saturday February 4 @ 7:00pm; email to pre-register and find out about snow conditions.
    • Spiders of Eastern North America with John Reaume, Monday February 20 @ 8:00pm at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters (1078 Bruce Road #12) in Formosa; for more information contact    
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Christmas Bird Census, Saturday December 17; contact Chris Evans at 705-722-1136 to register; participants must register by December 8.
    • Christmas Bird Count and Potluck Supper, Saturday December 17 @ 6:00pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Christine Beggs at 705-721-6842.
    • Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Saturday December 24 @ 9:00am; for more information visit
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Conifers as Winter Food with Karen Stephenson, Tuesday January 10 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information visit                                                                        
Upcoming Deadlines

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

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