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It's Time to Protect Ontario's Bluebelt
Momentum is building around growing Ontario's Greenbelt and we're reminding the government that this growth is the key to protecting our water resources. Earlier this month, we sent a letter to the MInister of Municipal Affairs & Housing and the Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry urging them to champion Greenbelt expansion. Now, we're inviting you to join our efforts. Please contact your local MPP to let them know that you want the government to commit to Greenbelt expansion to protect the greater Golden Horseshoe's most important water resources.

 

Minising Wetland
Photo Courtesy of Cathy Walton
 
Have Your Say on the Pollinator Health Action Plan 

The Province is proposing a Pollinator Health Action Plan (PHAP) and you are invited to submit feedback on it. The PHAP is a plan for government, stakeholders and the public to work in partnership to help Ontario's beleaguered pollinators and strengthen their populations. It is the third component of Ontario's Pollinator Health Strategy that was designed to address the four main stressors pollinators face: habitat loss, diseases and genetics, pesticides and climate change. The deadline to comment on the proposal is March 7, 2016.
   
 



Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol
Spring 2016 Regional Meetings

Though it might not feel like it, spring is just around the corner and with it, the 2016 spring regional meetings. This session of meetings starts April 2 in the Ontario East region, and wraps up the weekend of May 6-8 in the Northern and Great Lakes West regions. Lots of great talks and presentations are in the works, so mark your calendars and plan to attend. Visit the Ontario Nature website to see the full list of meeting dates and host groups. 

 


Northern Regional Meeting
Photo Courtesy of Michael Wynia


Toronto Entomologists' Student Symposium 

The Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA) is holding its annual Student Symposium on Saturday March 19, 2016. Graduate students, senior undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to present either a talk or a poster about their work with insects or arachnids. Everyone is welcome to attend. Students interested in participating should contact Doug Currie, the symposium's academic coordinator, before the March 4 deadline. Slots for the talks fill up quickly, so don't delay!         

 


Syrphid Fly on Black-eyed Susan
Photo Courtesy of Colleen Cirillo
Our Youth Council in Their Own Words

Hear Ontario Nature's Youth Council talk about how they were inspired to protect nature in this new video. Filmed during the 2015 Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Environmental Leadership, the video showcases the enthusiasm and dedication of the council's members. The Youth Summit for Biodiversity is a weekend-long event that engages 100 young leaders from dozens of communities across the province. Planned and hosted by Ontario Nature's Youth Council, it is a highlight of our Nature Guardians Program

 


Photo Courtesy of Brendan Toews 

Video Showcases Ojibway Park's Nature

Friends of Ojibway Prairie have released a video to help showcase the natural beauty of the Ojibway Prairie Nature Reserve in Windsor. Featuring Canadian environmental activist, Dr. David Suzuki, the 30-second video highlights the diverse flora and fauna of this unique park. Stay tuned for a longer version which will be released later this spring.  
  

 



Events

  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Annual Dinner Meeting, Saturday April 9 @ 5:30pm; Jean Iron will speak on "Arctic Life of Iceland, Canada and Greenland"; for more information contact Carol Horvat at chorvat1@cogeco.ca or 905-687-8562 or Rick Young at rick.y@sympatico.ca or 905-734-6226.            
  • Kingston Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Catering to Birds in all Seasons with Sharon David, Thursday Feburary 18 @ 7:30pm; room 1102 in the Biosciences Complex at Queen's University (116 Barrie Street) in Kingston; for more information visit www.kingstonfieldnaturalists.org.
    • The MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System with Stuart Mackenzie, Thursday March 17 @ 7:30pm; Room 1102 in the Biosciences Complex at Queen's University (116 Barrie Street) in Kingston; for more information visit www.kingstonfieldnaturalists.org.      
  • Woodstock Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • The Bounty of Georgian Bay with Joe Stephenson, Monday March 7 @ 7:30pm at Huron Park Secondary School Library in Woodstock; for more information visit www.execulink.com/~wfnc/events.htm.
    • Tundra Swan Outing at Long Point, Saturday March 12; meet at the parking lot across from the Woodstock Public Library @ 9:00am and bring a lunch; for more information visit www.execulink.com/~wfnc/events.htm.
    • Birds and Bears with Terry Parker, Monday April 4 @ 7:30pm at Huron Park Secondary School Library in Woodstock; for more information visit www.execulink.com/~wfnc/events.htm        
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Go West and North, Young Men by Kyle Blaney, Monday February 22 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Hawks, Snowy Owls and Winter Birds, Saturday February 20 @ 9:30am; meet at 'Big Bruce' north of Chesley; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com.
    • Spring Waterfowl Migration, Saturday March 26 @ 9:30am; meet at the Tim Hortons in Southampton; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com.
    • MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System, Monday April 18 @ 8:00pm; for meeting location information visit www.saugeenfieldnaturalists.com.
    • Landscape Features (physiography) of Central Bruce County, Saturday April 23 @ 10:00am; meet at Big Bruce north of Chesley for carpooling; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com.
    • Spring Wildflowers at Kinghurst, Sunday May 15 @ 10:00am; meet at the east parking lot of the Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com.
    • Orchids on the Bruce, Saturday June 11 @ 8:30am; meet at the Zellers parking lot in Hanover for carpooling; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Peru Travelogue with Doug Jagger, Tuesday March 8 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
    • How Bacteria Move with Dr. John Dutcher, Tuesday April 12 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
    • Rehabilitation of a Hairy Woodpecker, Tuesday May 10 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
  • Friends of Minesing Wetlands Event Listing
  • Orillia Naturalists' Club Event Listing
    • Snowshoe Outing at Carthew Bay Nature Reserve, Saturday February 20 @ 9:30am; for more information contact Barb Ryckman at 705-242-4026.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Exploring Nature in Winter by Snowshoe with Tom Woodcock, Saturday February 20 @ 1:00pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.                                               
Upcoming Deadlines

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

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

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