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Youth Council Starts 2014 with Leadership Retreat

Ontario Nature's Youth Council kicked off the new year with a Leadership Retreat on the first weekend in February. 23 Council members gathered at Camp Kawartha in Lakefield to plan their 2014 events and enjoy some outdoor winter activities. They also chose a theme for this year's Youth Summit, and developed a pollinator conservation campaign. To learn more about the Ontario Nature Youth Council and how you can get involved, contact Sarah Hedges at
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Hedges
Help Reduce Impacts of Aggregate Operations

Ontario Nature and Ron Reid of the Couchiching Conservancy are working with environmental and industry partners to develop a certification system for environmentally and socially responsible aggregate operations in Ontario. We recently developed a draft standard, the Responsible Aggregate Standard, and certification process. A series of public consultation sessions on the Standard is currently underway. If you are interested in participating, please contact Caroline Schultz at The consultation process closes March 6.

Photo Courtesy of Ron Schott
Spring 2014 Regional Meeting Schedule Finalized

Though it doesn't yet look like it, spring is just around the corner and with it, the 2014 spring regional meetings. This session of meetings starts March 29 in the Carolinian West region, and wraps up the weekend of May 9-11 in the Northern region. Lots of great talks and presentations are in the works, so mark your calendars and plan to attend. Go to
 to see the full list of meeting dates and host clubs.


Photo Courtesy of Michael Wynia
Herp Atlas Volunteer Area Coordinators Needed

If you're a herptile enthusiast, we'd like to invite you to join the Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas as a volunteer Area Coordinator. Ten positions are available across the province. As an Area Coordinator, you will work with us to support volunteer efforts and promote the Reptile & Amphibian Atlas in your area. Please see our Work Cabin volunteer posting at for more details.
Photo Courtesy of Lisa Richardson

200 People Attend Great Lakes Wetlands Day
On February 4, more than 200 people turned out for the 2014 Great Lakes Wetlands Day. The event featured 25 speakers and 40 poster presentations on issues related to wetland conservation and rehabilitation, as well as a keynote speech by John Riley of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. A recap of the day will be posted on the Great Lakes Wetlands Conservation Action Plan website at


Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Community Action

Ontario Nature's Youth Council are hard at work planning the 2014 Youth Summit which will be held September 19-21 at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. This year's Summit theme is biodiversity & community action. If your group is interested in hosting a workshop or outdoor activity at the Summit, or if you'd like to sponsor a local youth to attend, contact Sarah Hedges at Thank you for your support and we hope you'll be able to join us this year!

Photo Courtesy of Brendan Toews


  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Greenway and Natural Heritage System Planning Project by Josh Wise (Ontario Nature), Tuesday March 11 @7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park.
    • Preventing Birds from Colliding with Buildings by Michael Mesure (Fatal Light Awareness Program), Tuesday April 8 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park.
  •  North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Implications for Native Plants: the Latest Garlic Mustard Research by Dr. Dawn Bazely (Faculty of Environmental Biology, York University), Tuesday March 4 @ 7:00pm at York University Keele Campus, Lassonde Building Room LAS A.
    • Annual Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 10 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard) in Markham.
  • Brereton Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Club meeting featuring a talk on Barrie area creeks by Andee Pelan (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority), Friday February 21 @ 7:30pm at the North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie. For more information, visit
    • Club meeting featuring a talk on insect life cycles by James Kamstra (Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario), Friday March 21 @ 7:30pm at the North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie. For more information, visit
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Birding Walk to Fisherville and Selkirk Provincial Park, Sunday February 23 @ 9:00am; bring your lunch and meet at the Fonthill Shoppers Drug Mart. For more information, call Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Lichens: Species or Micro Ecosystems? by Roman Olszewski, Monday February 24 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines.
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