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Thank You For Supporting our ESA Lawsuit

With the generous support of our Nature Network member groups, we have reached our goal of raising $50,000 to assist with our court action against the provincial government over their decision to exempt major threats to species at risk from the province’s Endangered Species Act (ESA). We filed an affidavit in December, and are currently awaiting the government's response. To learn more about this effort on behalf of Ontario's species at risk, contact Anne Bell at anneb@ontarionature.org.
There's Still Time to Submit Your 2013 Conservation Awards Nominations

It's not too late to submit your nominations for the 2013 Conservation Awards. We are accepting award nominations until March 31st, and encourage anyone who knows an individual or group who has worked to protect nature in Ontario to nominate them for one of the numerous awards on offer. All award recipients will be notified by May 2, and will be honoured at our Annual Gathering at YMCA Geneva Park on June 21, 2014. For more information, contact Lauren Wright at laurenw@ontarionature.org.

Ontario's Herpetofaunal Atlas Program Turns 30

In 1984, Ontario became the first region in North America to create a reptile and amphibian atlas, the Ontario Herpetofaunal Summary (OHS). Since that time, Ontario Nature's Reptile & Amphibian Atlas was established and the data generated by these 2 projects greatly benefited herpetofaunal conservation in the province. To celebrate this 30-year milestone, Ontario Nature and our partners will host several "herp blitzes" in 2014. To learn where and when these blitzes will be held, contact Tanya Pulfer at  
Nature London Celebrates 150 Years 

This year, Nature London celebrates a milestone few others can boast; their 150th anniversary! Born in 1864 as the London branch of the Entomological Society, Nature London will celebrate this landmark anniversary with a series of indoor and outdoor events throughout the year. To learn more about Nature London's sesquicentennial celebrations and how you can get involved, click here. Happy Birthday, Nature London!
Nature Reserves Upgrades Planned for 2014

The trail systems on several of our nature reserves will be revitalized with infrastructure upgrades this year to facilitate visitation. The work will focus on Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve, where we will install interpretive signs and create a parking area. We will also create a hiking trail on Reilly Bird Nature Reserve, and improve the trails on Willoughby and Petrel Point Nature Reserves. To learn more about these important natural areas and the species and habitats they protect, click here.

Save the Date for the 2014 Youth Summit for Biodiversity

Our 2014 Youth Summit for Biodiversity is confirmed for September 19-21 at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. The Ontario Nature Youth Council is busy finalizing a theme and roster of workshops/activities for the weekend. We'll keep you posted on the Summit details as they're confirmed. In the meantime, contact Sarah Hedges at sarahh@ontarionature.org if you're interested in sponsoring a local youth to attend this year's Summit.

Final Report from 2013 Deep River BioBlitz Now Available

Congratulations to the Upper Ottawa Valley Field Naturalists on their successful Deep River BioBlitz last July. The final report detailing all of their finds is now available. The event boasted 100+ participants and the identification of 443 species including three species at risk, the snapping turtle, monarch butterfly larvae and peregrine falcon. To find out what's in store for this year, contact Ray Metcalfe at ray_claire_metcalfe@yahoo.ca.
Great Lakes Wetlands Day Agenda Available

Join the 100+ participants who have already registered for the 2014 Great Lakes Wetlands Day. As a follow up to the 2012 Ontario Wetlands Conference, this day will examine the wetlands of the Great Lakes basin. The sessions on offer include an exploration of wetland restoration in urban watersheds and an overview of the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program. To see a copy of the agenda or to register, please visit
www.glwcap.ca. Ontario Nature is an organizing partner for the 2014 Great Lakes Wetlands Day. 


  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Important Bird Areas Project with Mike Burrell (Bird Studies Canada), Tuesday February 11
    • Greenway and Natural Heritage System Planning Project with Josh Wise (Ontario Nature), Tuesday March 11
    • Preventing Birds from Colliding with Buildings with Michael Measure (Fatal Light Awareness Program), Tuesday April 8
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Events
    • Presentation by Paloma Plant of the Fatal Light Awareness Program, Wednesday January 15 @ 7:00pm
    • Waterfowl Along the Niagara River Outing, Sunday January 19 @ 9:00am
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Events
    • Creek and Wetland Restoration by Ian Smith (Urban & Environmental Management), Monday January 20 @ 7:00pm
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists
    • Regular Club Meeting with a Presentation by Rick Young, Monday January 27 @ 7:30pm
  • Brereton Field Naturalists' Club Events
    • Driving trip around the Minesing Flats to search for raptors and snow buntings, Saturday February 8 from 8:00am to 1:30pm
    • Club meeting with a talk on Barrie creeks by Andee Pelan (Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority), Friday February 21 at the North West Barrie United Church in Barrie
  • Nature London "Nature in the City" Talks @ the London Public Library
    • The Canada Goose: A Conservation Success Story with Chris Sharp (Environment Canada), Tuesday January 14 from 7:30-8:30pm
    • Brainy Insects: Are Humans Really Smarter? with Jeremy McNeil (University of Western Ontario), Tuesday January 21, 7:30-8:30pm
    • Climate Change: Weird Weather is the New Norm with Gordon McBean (University of Western Ontario), Tuesday January 28, 7:30-8:30pm
    • Urban Forests: Meet London's Trees with Bruce McGauley (Professional Forester), Tuesday February 4, 7:30-8:30pm
    • Small Mammals: Mice & Voles, Shrews & Moles with Alison Lake (Pinery Provincial Park), Tuesday February 11, 7:30-8:30pm
    • Backyard Biodiversity: Native Plants for Native Creatures with Nina Zitani (University of Western Ontario), Tuesday February 18, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Events
    • Discover Wye Marsh After Hours; Thursday January 23, Thursday February 13 & Thursday February 27; last admission to the trails @ 7:00pm
    • Snowshoe 101 (1.5-hour group lesson), Learn the basics of snowshoeing and enjoy a guided tour of Wye Marsh; Wednesday January 15, Wednesday January 22 & Wednesday January 29, 10:00-11:30am
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