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Still Time to Comment on Pollinator Health Action Plan 

On November 25, the provincial government announced a plan to reduce neonicotinoid use on corn and soybean by 80% by 2017. This target is a bold and necessary step to address the threats that these pesticides pose to human and ecosystem health. The province also announced that it will develop a Pollinator Health Action Plan to help Ontarians better understand and address the causes of pollinator decline. You can provide comments on the proposal through the environmental registry (EBR Registry Number 012-3068. The deadline for comment is January 25, 2015.  
 

 


Photo Courtesy of Judy Tomlinson
Save the Date for Ontario Nature's 84th Annual Gathering 

Join Ontario Nature and rare Charitable Research Reserve on May 23 for a day on the Grand River at rare's ECO Centre in Cambridge. Rare Charitable Research Reserve is a provincial partner in Ontario's Nature Network. Explore the diverse habitats - including alvar, cliff, wetland and woodland - found on this 900-acre reserve, meet the researchers who study ecology in the reserve and become a citizen scientist yourself. Watch for more information and registration details in the spring issue of ON Nature and on Ontario Nature's website.  
   
 



Photo Courtesy of T. Beaubien 
Marvel at the Moraine Contest

The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of the Marvel at the Moraine contest. In celebration of the Oak Ridges Moraine, we're asking our friends and followers to send us a photo, poem, or piece of art that demonstrates why the Oak Ridges Moraine is special to you. The entry deadline is January 30, 2015. The top three submissions will be selected by Ontario Nature, and will be promoted on our blog. Click here to view the contest rules and submission guidelines. 

 
 

Youth Council Sends Pollinator Letter to Cabinet 

Ontario Nature's Youth Council rang in the new year by sending all 27 Ontario cabinet ministers a letter expressing their support for the province's recently announced measures to make pollinator health a priority. The letter was written by Moe Quershi and signed by 30 Youth Council members. It was accompanied by a hand-made bee pin made from Ontario produced organic wool with organic dyes. Click here to learn more about the Youth Council's pollinator campaign.     

   

Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
ECO to Host Webinar on January 22

Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) will host a webinar on January 22 at 1:00pm to highlight his report, Managing New Challenges. In this one-hour session, he will present his perspective and his advice to ministries on several issues in the news this past year. Register here to attend the webinar and learn about the Commissioner's findings on commercial logging in Algonquin Park, protection for Ontario pollinators, air pollution and a First Nations community in Sarnia, compliance efforts to control industrial pollution in Ontario and the health of farm soils. 
   

 

  

Lawson Nature Reserve Gets a Facelift

Lawson Nature Reserve got a facelift this winter. With help from local high school students and boy scouts, the Ingersoll District Nature Club updated the reserve's entrance for wheelchair access, installed nesting boxes, built a bridge and added new picnic tables and benches. Funding for the improvements came from the Township of South West Oxford and TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation; most of the materials used were supplied by a local Mennonite sawmill. Lawson Nature Reserve features a two km hiking trail and numerous Carolinian plant species. Click here to learn more about this unique property. 
  

 

 
Photo Courtesy of Darwin Kent


Events

  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • The Galapagos Islands: What Darwin Didn't See by Justin Peters, Monday January 19 at Stevensville Conservation Hall (2555 Ott Road in Stevensville); for more information contact Dawn Pierrynowski at 905-384-2476.  
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Waterfowl Along the Niagara River, Sunday January 18 @ 9:00am; bring a lunch and meet at the Dufferin Islands parking lot; for more information contact Gisele Mills at 905-892-3973.
    • Exploring Submarine Volcanoes Using the Human Occupied Vehicle ALVIN by Tracy Gregg, Wednesday January 21 @ 7:00pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library (4848 Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls); for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
    • Walk at Dufferin Islands, Sunday February 8 @ 2:00pm; meet in Dufferin Islands parking lot; for more information contact Carol Horvat at 905-687-8562. 
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Bird Thermoregulation by Glenn Tattersall, Monday January 26 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines); for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.   
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Screech Owl Snowshoe Hike at the Murray Tract, Saturday January 31, 2015; meet at the Kinghurst Management Area parking lot; for more details and to register, email saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • 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.  
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • The Importance of Headwaters with Andrew McCammon, Tuesday February 10, 2015 @7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue in River Drive Park); for more information contact ysnclub@yahoo.ca.  
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Club meeting featuring "Marsh Monitoring in the Minesing Wetland" by Dave Featherstone (Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority), Friday January 16, 2015 @ 7:30pm; $5 admission charge for non-members; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Club meeting featuring "Flying Flowers" by David Johnson (Creemore Horticultural Society President), Tuesday February 3 @ 7:00pm at Southshore Community Centre (205 Lakeshore Drive in Barrie); for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Guided Hike to Look for Minesing Raptors, Saturday February 7 @ 8:30am; meet at the Little Lake parking lot to organize carpooling; for more information contact Jim Spruce at 705-728-3884.
    • 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.       
  • Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club Event Listings
    • Snow Bunting Banding with David Lamble, Sunday January 18 @ 10:00am; meet at the corner of 6th Line and 25 Sideroad in West Garafraxa; for more information contact Don at 905-876-6826. 
  • Hamilton Naturalist's Club Event Listings
    • Winter Birding in Dundas with Rob Porter, Saturday January 17 @ 8:30am at Olympic Park Ice Surface Area (70 Olympic Drive in Dundas); for more information contact Bruce Mackenzie at 905-643-4526.
    • Bird Study Group Monthly Meeting Featuring "Common Tern Nesting Colonies" by Dave Moore, Monday January 19 @ 7:00pm at Burlington Seniors Centre Auditorium B (2285 New Street in Burlington); for more information contact Bruce Mackenzie at 905-643-4526.
    • Identifying Wildflower Remains in Winter with Dean Gugler and Fleur-Ange Lamothe, Sunday January 25 @ 1:30pm at Sanctuary Park in Dundas; for more information contact Bruce Mackenzie at 905-643-4526.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • No Guardians at the Gate: The Elmira Water Crisis with Bob Burtt, Sunday January 18 @ 1:00pm at the Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Tracking Animals in Winter and Snowshoe Hike, Saturday January 24 @ 10:00am at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Exploring Nature in Winter by Snowshoe, Saturday February 7 @ 10:00am at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Gardening for Pollinators, Thursday February 19 @ 7:00pm 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 #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.            
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on February 15, 2015. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015.

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

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.

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