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ESA Lawsuit Appeal Scheduled for April 2016

On April 19, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear our case challenging a lower court ruling that puts already endangered species at further risk of extinction. The appeal challenges the Ontario Divisional Court's decision to uphold a provincial regulation that exempts major industrial activities from the strict protection standards outlined in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In many instances, these exemptions give industries a free pass to kill endangered or threatened species and destroy their habitat, as long as this harm is 'minimized'. Visit our website to learn more about this important court action.

 



Endangered Blanding's turtle
Photo Courtesy of Ron Erwin
 
Scapegoating Wolves and Coyotes 

On December 17, 2015, Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) posted a proposal to remove the game seal requirement for wolves and coyotes in northern Ontario (EBR Registry Number 012-6073). This means that anyone with a small game license can kill up to two wolves and an unlimited number of coyotes per year. MNRF's excuse is that moose populations are declining, but increasing hunting of wolves and coyotes is unlikely to benefit moose. Please join Ontario Nature in urging the MNRF to determine better ways to deal with the moose decline in northern Ontario. The deadline to comment is January 18.
   
 



Photo Courtesy of Pierre Cardon
Ontario Nature is Going to Panama

Ontario Nature is pleased to be working with Quest Nature Tours to provide our members with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a visit to Panama. Here we will find what may be the most accessible experience of nature in the New World tropics, allowing us to enjoy a wonderful immersion experience of its habitats and wildlife. Quest Nature Tours is directing proceeds from this tour directly into Ontario Nature's Nature Guardians Program. Join tour leader Caroline Schultz and Ontario Nature supporters in October to experience the wonders of Panama on this journey of discovery! 

 


Canopy Tower in Panama
Photo Courtesy of Quest Nature Tours


Sponsor a Youth for the 2016 Youth Summit 

Thank you to all of our Nature Network friends who sponsored a young person to attend our 2015 Youth Summit. We invite you once again to sponsor a local youth to attend this year's summit which is scheduled for September 23-25 at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. Your sponsorship of $350/youth covers the full cost of their participation, including workshops, accommodations and meals. In 2015, 33 member groups sponsored 48 youth to attend and we encourage you to make 2016 another fantastic year! Contact Sarah Hedges to learn how you can become a sponsor.         

 


2015 Youth Summit
Photo Courtesy of Brendan Toews
19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

You're invited to join the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) on February 12-15. Led by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with Bird Studies Canada, the GBBC engages birders of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where they are. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It's free, fun and easy - and it helps the birds! Visit the GBBC website to learn how you can join the fun.

 

Black-capped Chickadee
Photo Courtesy of Missy Mandel



Ontario Nature's New Citizen Science Hub

Ontario Nature is thrilled to announce the launch of our new Citizen Science Hub this spring. The hub is designed to link members of the public with citizen science projects across the province. It will be accessible to groups interested in promoting their citizen science projects to a broader audience and to individuals keen to join a project in their community. Contact Mackenzie Nichols for more information on how you or your group can use this great resource.  
  

 


Get to Know BioBlitz
Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole


Events

  • Nature London Nature in the City Illustrated Talks
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Waterfowl Along the Niagara River, Sunday January 17 @ 9:00am; meet in the parking lot at Dufferin Island and bring a lunch; for more information contact Gisele Mills at 905-892-3973.            
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Taking the Sexism Out of Birding: Identifying Female Songbirds with Dr. Sara Morris, Monday January 18 @ 7:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Club Hall (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.  
  • Hamilton Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Bird Study Group Meeting Featuring a Talk by Mike Street of Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, Monday January 18 @ 7:30pm at the Burlington Seniors' Centre (2285 New Street) in Burlington.
    • Snowshoeing Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve, Saturday January 30 @ 1:00pm; meet along Concession 7 Puslinch at the parking area just norh of Gore Road; for more information contact Bruce at katina@sympatico.ca or 905-928-6415.       
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Winter Birding in Haldimand County, Sunday January 17 @ 2:00pm; meet at Port Dover at the base of the dock on the west side of the harbour; for more information contact Jody at 519-586-3531 ext. 117 or Adam Timpf at 519-586-9964.
    • Managing Problem Geese in Norfolk with Rebecca Dancey, Tuesday February 9 @ 7:30pm at Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe. 
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listing
    • Wind Turbines with Loretta Shields, Monday January 25 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Native Plants for the Garden with Peter Fuller, Monday January 25 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
    • 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
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Amphibians and Reptiles with Crystal Robertson, Tuesday February 9 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
    • 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.
  • Nature Guelph Event Listings
    • Hike at Scottsdale Farm, Sunday January 17 @ 2:00pm; meet in the parking lot at the old Legion (no AirU Guelph) at 919 York Road to carpool.
    • Wildflower Society Meeting, Wednesday January 20 @ 7:30pm at the Ellington Residences (168 Metcalfe Street) in Guelph; entrance is via the covered ramp on the northeast end of the building.
  • Friends of Minesing Wetlands Event Listing
    • Snowshoe Hike to the Mad River Heronry, Saturday January 30 @9:30am; for more information contact Dave Featherstone at dfeatherstone@nvca.on.ca.
    • Cross Country Ski Outing Along the Mad River, Sunday February 14 @ 9:30am; for more information contact Byron Wesson at bwesson@nvca.on.ca
    • Snowshoe Hike to the Mad River Heronry, Saturday February 27 @ 9:30am; for more information contact Kristyn Ferguson at kristyn.ferguson@natureconservancy.ca.
  • Orillia Naturalists' Club Event Listing
    • The Role of the Freshwater Alliance with Lindsay Telfer, Wednesday February 3 @ 7:30pm at the Orilllia Museum of Art and History (Peter Street South) in Orillia; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
    • 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
    • Wildflower Walkabout of SW Austalia with Alan Morgan, Thursday January 21 @ 7:00pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336. 
    • Tracking Animals in Winter, Sunday January 24 @ 10:00am; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • Seed Swap at rare: National Seed Swap Day, Saturday January 30 @ 1:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • Family Day Owl Prowl with Jason Bracey, Monday February 15 @ 7:00; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • 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 February 15, 2016. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2016.

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.

Ontario Nature grants permission for use of the information below in member group newsletters. 

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