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Help Us Protect Ontario's Snapping Turtles

Ontario is one of only two provinces that still has a snapping turtle hunt and we want that to change. Help us convince the government of Ontario to ban the snapping turtle hunt by submitting comments to MNRF's proposed regulatory ammendments for small game (EBR Registry Number 012-9170) by January 30, 2017. Ontario Nature will also submit comments and we invite all of our Nature Network groups to sign onto our submission. We will circulate our draft comments on Monday January 23, 2017.

 


Photo Courtesy of James Paterson
 
Our Fight for the ESA Continues 

Ontario Nature and Wildlands League are seeking to appeal an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that upheld the government’s 2013 regulation exempting many harmful industrial activities from complying with core provisions of the Endangered Species Act. We have filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada to appeal the ruling, and are awaiting their decision. This would be the first appeal ever heard by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding species at risk. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.
   
 

Prothonotary Warbler
Photo Courtesy of Bill Majoros
 
Introducing the Sydenham River Nature Reserve 

We are thrilled to announce that the Sydenham River Nature Reserve is a reality! We have purchased a spectacular 193-acre property, forever protecting one of Ontario’s most biodiverse waterways. The reserve is open to visitors and we are already planning to create new trails for the public to explore. We would like to give a special thanks to Lambton Wildlife and the Sydenham Field Naturalists who fundraised tirelessly for the purchase. 
 
 


Sydenham River Nature Reserve
Photo Courtesy of  Noah Cole

The Year Ahead 

2016 was a banner year for nature thanks to the strong support of our member groups, sponsors, supporters and followers. Now we’re looking ahead! Visit our blog for a sneak peek at some of the work we’ll be doing for nature in 2017.    
 
 
Photo Courtesy of Jaime Rae
Who Are Your Nature Heroes? 

Community involvement defines Ontario Nature's character and approach. In this spirit, the Ontario Nature Conservation Awards honour the excellence of individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations working to protect nature in Ontario. Now is your opportunity to nominate your nature heroes for Ontario Nature Conservation Awards. Click here for more information about the award categories and click here for the nomination form. The nomination deadline is March 27, 2017  

 


Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole

Pollinator Health Action Plan Now Online

The Government of Ontario released its official Pollinator Health Action Plan on December 16, 2016. Our thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts to ensure that the plan adequately protects the province's wild pollinators, and addresses the threats they face. Visit our Youth Council's Pollinator Campaign webpage to learn about the pollinator-friendly activities they have in store for the coming year.

 

Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol



  


Events

  • Nature London's Nature in the City Illustrated Talk Listings
    • Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers, Tuesday January 24 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca
    • Learning From the Past So We Don't Repeat It, Tuesday January 31 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Do Birds Have Posh or Cockney Accents? Tuesday February 7 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Save a Little Love for Wetlands! Tuesday February 14 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Magical Meadowlily: A Four-Season Oasis, Tuesday February 21 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    •  Spiders of Ontario with Tom Mason, Monday January 23 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
    • Algonquin's Natural Beauty with Tony and Kathy deGroot, Monday February 27 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Waterfowl Outing Along the Niagara River, Sunday January 22 @ 9:00am; bring a lunch and meet at the parking lot at Dufferin Islands; for more information contact Gisele Mills at 905-892-3973.
  • Orillia Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Algonquin Park Before 1950: Birds, Habitats and Observers with Ron Tozer, Wednesday February 1 @ 7:30pm at the Orillia Museum of Art and History.
    • Snowshoe Alexander Hope Smith Nature Reserve during the Winter with Barb Ryckman, Saturday February 18 @ 9:30am; for more information contact Barb Ryckman at 705-242-4026.
    • All About Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Wednesday March 1 @ 7:30pm at the Orillia Museum of Art and History; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.       
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Presentation on Snakes by Anne Yagi, Monday January 23 @ 7:30 pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.       
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Snowshoe at Kinghurst and Murray Tract, Saturday January 21, 2017; for more information visit www.saugeenfieldnaturalists.com. Please register in advance.
    • Snowshoe Hike for Screech Owls at Allan Park Conservation Area, Saturday February 4 @ 7:00pm; email saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca to pre-register and find out about snow conditions.
    • Spiders of Eastern North America with John Reaume, Monday February 20 @ 8:00pm at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters (1078 Bruce Road #12) in Formosa; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca    
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Chasing Birds by Canoe in Northern Manitoba, Friday January 20 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie.
    • Minesing Raptors, Saturday February 4 @ 8:30am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
    • The Rich Biodiversity of Awenda, Friday February 17 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie.
    • Horned Larks and Pancakes, Saturday March 11 @ 8:30am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
    • Saving Bees and What it Means for Natural Communities, Friday March 17 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie. 
  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Regular club meeting with a presentation on the Amazon, Tuesday February 14 @ 7:30pm; for more information call 905-722-8021 or visit www.slsnc.ca.
  • North Durham Nature Event Listings
    • Bird Feeder Tour, Saturday January 21 @ 8:00am; participants will carpool from the Uxbridge Secondary School parking lot; for more information visit www.northdurhamnature.com.  
    • North Durham Nature Members' Night, Thursday January 26 @ 7:00pm at the Scugog Memorial Library (231 Water Street) in Port Perry; for more information visit www.northdurhamnature.com.
    • Winter Wetland Snowshoe Adventure at the Nonquon Provincial Wildlife Area, Saturday February 4 @ 9:00am; for more information and to pre-register contact Jay Thibert at jay.thibert@sympatico.ca.                                                                          
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on February 15, 2017. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.

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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