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Registration Now Open for Ontario Master Naturalist Program 

The Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP) is a new community program established by Lakehead University Orillia in partnership with Ontario Nature. The first of its kind in Canada, the OMNP provides naturalists and those interested in nature and environmental stewardship the opportunity to become certified as a Master Naturalist. The OMNP will provide formal training and guidance to naturalists in order to broaden their knowledge base and fast-track their level of expertise. Click here to learn more or to register for the sessions. The OMNP was designed and is managed by a steering committee under the direction of Bob Bowles.  
 

 




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2014 Ontario Nature Conservation Awards 

For more than 40 years, Ontario Nature has been celebrating exceptional environmental achievements through our annual Conservation Awards. Now is your chance to celebrate your environmental hero. If you know of an individual, group, municipality, media outlet, government agency or corporation that has made an outstanding contribution to conservation in 2014, please nominate them before March 31. Award category descriptions and submission guidelines can be found here. All award winners will be recognized at Ontario Nature's 84th Annual Gathering on May 23, 2015.  
   
 



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Registration for 84th Annual Gathering Opens in February

Spend a day on the Grand with Ontario Nature and rare Charitable Research Reserve. Our 84th Annual Gathering is happening May 23, 2015 at rare and we'd love for you to join us. The day will feature a flintknapping workshop, a solar home tour, a bird banding demonstration and several guided hikes. Online registration will open in February. Please visit our website to learn more about what's on offer for this year.
 

 

Join the 2015 Ontario BioBlitz 

Do you know what animal and plant life shares your natural environment? We're inviting you to help us find out by joining the 2015 Ontario BioBlitz. This year's event will kick off on the weekend of June 13-14 with a survey in Toronto's Don River watershed. The celebration of Ontario's flora and fauna will continue in July and August with multiple events held throughout the province. Discover how you can join this year's fun by visiting the Ontario BioBlitz website, or by contacting Lisa Richardson at lisar@ontarionature.org.        

 
 

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Pollination Guelph Symposium, March 7

Join Ontario Nature's Youth Council and staff working to protect pollinators at the Pollination Guelph Symposium on March 7. Ontario Nature's director of conservation and education, Dr. Anne Bell, will be speaking about ways to advocate for pollinator protection and will showcase the efforts of the Youth Council. The Symposium will take place at the Guelph Curling Club (816 Woolwich Street, Guelph) from 8:30am to 3:30pm. For more information, visit the Symposium website

 

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Climate Change Strategy Discussion Paper

Ontario's greatest strength is its people. The provincial government is inviting you to let them know what you think is the best path forward for adapting to climate change in your community. Their recently released Climate Change Discussion Paper sets a clear vision and goals for fighting climate change. It also asks important questions to inform a comprehensive climate change strategy and action plan. Read the discussion paper here and tell them what you think. You can also join one of the town halls running throughout February and March.  
  

 
 


Events

  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Saving Species and Protecting Habitats by William Rapley, Wednesday February 18 @ 7:00pm at the Niagara Falls Library (Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls); for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
    • Haldimand Bird Observatory AGM featuring presentations by Jody Allair and Jenna McDermott (Bird Studies Canada), Saturday February 21 @ 8:30am; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
    • Annual Dinner Meeting featuring a presentation by Robert Curry, Saturday April 11 @ Betty's Restaurant; for more information contact Carol Horvat at chorvat1@cogeco.ca or Rick Young at rick.y@sympatico.ca
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Exploring the 21st Century by Adam Shoalts, Monday February 23 @ 7:30pm; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.   
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • 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 doug.lonsdale@gmail.com.  
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Seven Natural Wonders of the Trent River Valley with Ewa Bednarczuk (Lower Trent Conservation, Ecology and Stewardship Specialist), Monday February 23 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
    • Saving our Living Dinosaurs presentation by the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, Monday March 23 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville. 
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Guided Hike to Look for Horned Larks and Tiffin Pancakes with Brian Gibbon, Saturday March 14 @ 8:30am; meet at the Little Lake parking lot to organize carpooling; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
    • Presentation on the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre by Dr. Sue Carstairs (Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre Executive and Medical Director), Friday March 20 @ 7:30pm at North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North in Barrie); for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.       
  • Nature Guelph Club Event Listings
    • Wildflower Group Meeting featuring a presentation on combating the spread of invasive species by Alastair Biscaia (Credit Valley Conservation), Wednesday February 18 @ 7:30pm at Evergreen Seniors Centre (683 Woolwich Street in Guelph); for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca.
    • Tracking Club Outing to Luther Marsh, Sunday February 22 @ 9:00am, meet at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre to carpool to Luther Marsh and bring snowshoes; for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca.
    • Bird Wing Indoor Meeting featuring Caribbean Birding with Scott Ferguson, Monday February 23 @ 7:30pm at 168 Metcalfe Street in Guelph; for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca.
    • Bird Wing Outing to Fisherville, Wednesday February 25 @ 9:00am, meet at the Wild Birds Unlimited parking lot to carpool to the Fisherville area; for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca.
  • Hamilton Naturalist's Club Event Listings
    • Awakening to Winter Outing in Binbrook Conservation Area with Kyle McLoughlin, Saturday February 28 @ 1:00pm; for more information contact Bruce Mackenzie at katina@sympatico.ca.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Gardening for Beginners Series, Class #1: Your Growing Space and Planting Plans, Saturday February 21 @ 2:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Invasive Species Identification, Reporting and Control, Sunday February 22 @ 1:00pm at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Gardening for Beginners Series, Class #2: Seed Starting, Saturday February 28 @ 2:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Gardening for Beginners Series, Class #3: Getting Outdoors-Transplanting and Direct Seeding, Saturday March 7 @ 2:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Gardening for Beginners Series, Class #4: Delightful Maintenance and Harvest Time, Saturday March 14 @ 2:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Making the Case for Trails, Thursday March 26 @ 7:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Planting with Purpose: Nature's Rejuvenation in our Gardens, Sunday April 12 @ 1:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Basics of Sustainable Trail Building, Saturday April 18 @ 9:00am at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Celebrate Earth Day: a rare Cleanup, Wednesday April 22 @ 6:00pm at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Earth Day Road Toll, Wednesday April 22 @ 7:30am or 3:00pm at Lamb's Inn parking lot (1679 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Spring Awakening: Streams and Flowers and Birds Arise! Sunday April 26 @ 1:00pm at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.            
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The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on March 15, 2015. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.

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