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News from Ontario Nature

Ontario Wetlands Conference: The History & Future of Our Wetlands

Submitted by Josh Wise, Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature is hosting the Ontario Wetlands Conference on February 2, 2012 at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. This one-day gathering, which coincides with World Wetlands Day, will examine the science, policy and stewardship of Ontario's wetlands, and feature keynote presentations by Ron Reid and Dr. Paul Keddy. The presentations will be followed by three panel sessions examining Ontario's wetlands. For more information, contact Josh Wise at, or visit

Upcoming Workshops on Bioregional Planning for Aggregates

Submitted by Tim Hayward, Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature is holding a series of workshops on Bioregional Planning for Aggregates. These workshops are an opportunity for you to provide input on aggregate planning in your community. We will be taking the results from these sessions to the aggregate industry and the provincial government. The following workshops are scheduled: February 6 in Whitchurch-Stouffville, February 9 in East Gwillimbury, and February 28 in Scugog. If you would like to attend one of these workshops, please contact Tim Hayward at or 416-444-8419 ext. 235.


Ontario Nature 2011 Conservation Awards

Submitted by Lauren Wright, Ontario Nature
The Ontario Nature Conservation Awards recognize excellence by honouring individuals, groups, government agencies, and corporations who have worked to protect nature in Ontario. If you know of someone you'd like to nominate for their tireless work on behalf of the province's nature, please go to to download an official nomination form. The deadline for nominations for the 2011 round of Conservation Awards is March 30, 2012. All recipients will be honoured at Ontario Nature's Annual General Meeting on June 9, 2012.  

2012 Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Biodiversity, September 28-30

Submitted by Sarah Hedges, Ontario Nature
Mark your calendars and spread the word! The third annual Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Biodiversity will take place September 28-30, 2012 at YMCA Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching. Like its predecessors, this year's Youth Summit will feature inspiring speakers, informative workshops, and fun outdoor activities. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. For more information on how you can sponsor a young person to attend, contact Sarah Hedges at or 416-444-8419 ext. 241.

Species Experts Needed for International Biodiversity Day Bioblitz

Submitted by Sarah Hedges & Lisa Richardson, Ontario Nature
Calling all species experts! Ontario Nature is co-hosting a bioblitz in Rouge Park to celebrate International Biodiversity Day and we need your help with identifying the various plant and animal species found. This all-ages event, scheduled for Saturday May 26, is being held in partnership with the Toronto Zoo, the Royal Ontario Museum, Rouge Park, and the Robert Bateman Get to Know Program. If you have a sound knowledge of local wildlife or flora, and would like to join us for this fun and informative event, please contact Lisa Richardson at or 416-444-8419 ext. 222.

Spring 2012 Regional Meeting Schedule Finalized

Submitted by Lisa Richardson & Barb MacKenzie-Wynia, Ontario Nature
The New Year may have only just begun, but planning for the spring 2012 round of regional meetings is well underway. Dates and host clubs for the seven meetings have been finalized, and can be found on the Ontario Nature website at
. These gatherings are a great opportunity to meet other groups in your area, share ideas, hear from guest speakers, and learn more about Ontario Nature's programs. We look forward to seeing you this spring!

Evergreen Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2012

Submitted by Lisa Richardson & Barb MacKenzie-Wynia, Ontario Nature
Evergreen is now accepting applications for the Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants Program supporting community development, environmental stewardship, and urban agriculture projects across Canada. This greening program provides funds of up to $10,000 to groups working on community development, environmental restoration, and other community based projects. For information on eligibility and to download an application, click here. The deadline for application is January 31, 2012.

Diversity Mini-grants Now Available for Ontario Environmental NGOs

Submitted by Lisa Richardson & Barb MacKenzie-Wynia, Ontario Nature
The Sustainability Network is pleased to announce the second of two annual rounds of Environment & Diversity Project mini-grants. Funds are available to support environmental nonprofits, and help them better reflect and engage ethno-cultural and Aboriginal communities by responding to the extensive knowledge, interests and important needs of those communities. Grants to a maximum of $5000 will be made. Applications must be submitted by email to by 5:00pm EST February 15, 2012. For more information and to obtain a copy of the application format, visit

Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund Accepting Applications

Submitted by Lisa Richardson & Barb MacKenzie-Wynia, Ontario Nature
The Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund, in partnership with Sobeys, provides financial grants of up to $20,000 to support local environmental initiatives and projects in Ontario. As a result, not-for-profit organizations, charities, and schools have a greater opportunity to develop sustainable projects that educate and inspire action in communities across the province. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must clearly demonstrate benefits their project will have on the environment and local community and be open to the public. For detailed information, visit Application deadline is February 28, 2012. 

News from the Nature Network

Ontarians Say "No" to the Snapping Turtle Hunt

Submitted by Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles  
It's clear that a significant number of Ontarians want the snapping turtle hunt in this province to end. To date, more than 10,000 concerned environmentalists and other citizens have signed a petition calling on the Government of Ontario to ban the legal hunt of this species at risk. The petition was created by the Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles (F.R.O.S.T.) in the fall of 2011 and in early February, it will be presented to the Ontario Legislature by Orillia MPP Garfield Dunlop. Let's hope our elected politicians will act on the clear evidence that the Ministry of Natural Resources, thus far, has failed to recognize. For more information or to obtain a copy of the petition, contact Anne Lewis at 705-856-8425. 

Come Out And Discover Nature on Family Day!

Submitted by Joe Halloran, Peterborough County Stewardship Council  
The Peterborough and Kawartha Field Naturalists Clubs are once again teaming up with the Peterborough County Stewardship Council to offer the "Discover Nature on Family Day" event on February 20, 2012 at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough. This fun-filled all-ages event will feature presentations on reptiles and falconry, as well as outdoor activites such as snowshoeing, geocaching, and animal tracking. For more information, please contact Joe Halloran at or 705-755-1951.  

Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club Member Awarded Ig Nobel Prize

Submitted by Valerie Dobson, Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club  
Last September, Darryl Gwynne, entomologist and member of the Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club, won the Ig Nobel prize for Biology for his discovery that the Buprestid beetle of Australia will mate with discarded brown, stubby beer bottles. The Ig Nobel prizes are awarded by science humour magazine, Annals of Improbable Research, as an alternative to the more staid Nobel awards. Congratulations on your win, Dr. Gwynne, and for being such a great sport! To read more about the 2011 Ig Nobel awards, visit


Male Buprestid beetles prefer brown "stubbies" to green wine bottles

Innis Point Bird Observatory 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Submitted by Celia Bodnar, Innis Point Bird Observatory  
The Innis Point Bird Observatory will be holding their 30th anniversary dinner and silent auction on February 28, 2012 at the Marconi Centre (1062 Baseline Road) in Ottawa. The evening will feature guest speaker, Michael Runtz talking about "Lovers, Killers, Hoarders, and Thieves: The Untold Story of Birds". Tickets are available at $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. The deadline for purchase is February 18, 2012. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact or 613-725-2362. Information is also available on our Facebook page at      

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As an Advocate for Nature, you will receive important conservation action alerts by e-mail when your help is urgently needed. Each alert includes a summary of an environmental issue and a recommended action. Ontario Nature has recently issued alerts on the Endangered Species Act, reforming the Mining Act and the Far North Act. Visit our website to add your name online.

News from Other Organizations

The Art of Hosting Water Dialogues

Submitted by Julia Fortier, Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience  
Waterlution is thrilled to announce a unique opportunity for leadership development in 2012, a water-tailored facilitation training series called The Art of Hosting Water Dialogues. The goal of this three-day workshop is to develop strong water leaders with the capacity to host conversations that matter for the health of our most precious resource. The Ontario workshop will take place April 20 to April 22 in Stouffville. For more information or to register, visit The registration deadline is January 23, 2012.

Hometown Heroes: Recognizing Environmental Achievement

Submitted by Earth Day Canada   
They overcome environmental obstacles. They engage others in support of a sustainable community. You may know them as a neighbour, volunteer group, or local business, but to Earth Day Canada, they're Hometown Heroes working to support a healthier environment. The Hometown Heroes Award Program is your chance to help Canada recognize and celebrate environmental leaders, whether an individual, group or small business, who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. To obtain a nomination package, visit The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2012.

Call for Abstracts for the Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species Conference

Submitted by Hayley Anderson, Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters   
The first international Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species Conference will take place on August 20-22 at the Delta Hotel in Sault Ste Marie. The Scientific Committee is currently accepting the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Submissions may address any aspect of the biology and ecology of terrestrial invasive plant species, but abstracts addressing the six terrestrial invasive plant species themes for the conference will have priority in the meeting program. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit

Periwinkle is a problematic invasive on several Ontario Nature reserves    


  • York-Simcoe Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Savannah Sparrows: Life History Trade-offs by Greg Mitchell, Tuesday February 14
    • Talk by Kate Siena from the Turtle Trauma Centre, Tuesday March 13
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Regular Meeting, Monday January 23
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Regular Meeting, Monday January 16
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Regular Meeting, Wednesday January 18
    • Outing Along the Niagara River, Sunday January 22

Upcoming Nature Network News Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on February 15, 2012. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2012.

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Please note that events can be listed up to two months in advance - allowing others to put it on their calendar well in advance.

Ontario Nature publishes the Ontario Nature Network News every month with contributions from its member groups and staff.

January 15, 2012

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