Read about how you can help Ontario Nature’s Protected Places Declaration, sponsor a young person for the Youth Summit, protect Toronto Islands, nominate a conservation hero, and much more
       
Conservation updates for member groups.

Sign Ontario Nature’s Protected Places Declaration

Ontario Nature is reaching out to invite Nature Network groups and their members to endorse the Protected Places Declaration. The declaration urges our governments to protect at least 17 percent of land and inland water by 2020, in accordance with a target set under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. It is a key element of a collaborative protected areas campaign, and will help us to build and demonstrate strong public support for achieving this goal in Ontario. Visit our website to learn more about our Protected Places campaign and the declaration.

Sponsor a Young Person to Attend the 2018 Youth Summit

This year marks the ninth annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity, which will be held September 21-23 at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. 2017 was a record year for support from the Nature Network with 39 groups sponsoring 53 youth to attend, and we encourage all of you to help make 2018 another record year. Contact Christine Ambre to learn more about this year’s summit and sponsorship process. Thank you for your continued support – we couldn’t hold such a successful event without you!

 

Grow the Greenbelt to Protect Ontario’s Nature

The Ontario government is proposing a potential expansion of the Greenbelt and officials want to hear from you. They are seeking public input through a series of open houses starting on January 31, 2018 in Barrie. Subsequent open houses will be held in Guelph, Orangeville, Alliston, Brantford and Kitchener. These sessions offer an important opportunity for you to let the provincial government know that you want stronger protection for southern Ontario’s natural areas and watersheds. Open house dates and venue details are available on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website.

Who Are Your Nature Heroes?

There is still time to submit your nominations for the 2017 Ontario Nature Conservation Awards. These annual awards recognize excellence by honouring individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations who have worked to protect nature in Ontario. All award recipients will be honoured at our Annual General Meeting on June 2, 2018 at Isaiah Tubbs Resort in Prince Edward County. The deadline for nominations is March 26, 2018. Visit the Ontario Nature website for more information about the award categories and submission guidelines.

TFN Wants Your Help to Make Toronto Islands a Bird Sanctuary

The Toronto Field Naturalists invites you to sign their petition to help make Toronto Islands a bird sanctuary. Toronto Islands are a critical stopover for 286 species of migratory birds, including songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl. Your signature would support Councilor Joe Cressy’s motion asking Toronto City Council to request that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change designate the Toronto Islands a bird sanctuary under the Migratory Birds Act. Councilor Cressy’s motion will be considered by the Parks and Environment committee on January 18.

Registration for the 2018 Annual Gathering Opening Soon

Registration opens in February for Ontario Nature’s 87th Annual Gathering scheduled for June 1st – 3rd at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort in Prince Edward County. Enjoy hands-on workshops, expert guided field trips, thought-provoking presentations and more. Members also have the opportunity to vote at our annual general meeting during the weekend. Join us and celebrate 87 incredible years of protecting wild species and wild spaces in Ontario! Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

Events

Nature London’s Nature in the City Lecture Series
  • How Do You Tail a Bird with Dr. Keith Hobson, Tuesday January 23 @ 7:00pm at Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information visit www.naturelondon.com.
  • A Long, Long Time Ago: London’s Geologic Journey with Dr. Cam Tsujita, Tuesday January 30 @ 7:00pm at Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information visit www.naturelondon.com.
  • Reviving Indigenous Knowledge in Interacting with the Natural World with Andrew Judge, Tuesday February 6 @ 7:00pm at Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information visit www.naturelondon.com.
  • Changing the City’s Culture Through Permaculture with Becky Ellis, Tuesday February 13 @ 7:00pm at Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information visit www.naturelondon.com.
  • Taking a Walk on the Wild Side with Gail McNeil, Tuesday February 20 @ 7:00pm at Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information visit www.naturelondon.com     
Orillia Naturalists' Club
  • Hydrology: The Underground Foundation of Ecosystems with Ryan Post, Wednesday February 7 @ 7:30pm at the Orillia Museum of Art and History; for more information contact Nancy Ironside at 705-326-4384.
Toronto Entomologists’ Association
  • Protecting and Recovering Butterfly Species at Risk in Ontario, Saturday January 27 @ 1:15pm at Victoria College, University of Toronto (room 206, 73 Queens Park Crescent) in Toronto; for more information visit http://ontarioinsects.org/.
Brereton Field Naturalists' Club
  • Birds of the Galapagos Islands with Justin Peter, Friday January 19 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Cay Mills at 705-739-1094.
  • Minesing Raptors, Saturday February 3 @ 8:30am at Little Lake Park parking lot in Barrie; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
  • Bird Banding in Africa with Courtney Shaw, Friday February 16 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Cay Mills at 705-739-1094.
  • Horned Larks and Tiffin Pancakes, Saturday March 10 @ 8:30am at the Minesing Flats; at Little Lake Park parking lot in Barrie; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
  • Using Bird Droppings to Tell Us about Ontario Pesticide Exposure with Tehmeena Chaudhry, @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Cay Mills at 705-739-1094.
Peninsula Field Naturalists
  • Photography in Motion with David Chapman, Monday January 22 @ 7:30pm at Niagara Region Headquarters, Committee Room 4 (1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
Kingston Field Naturalists
  • Metamorphosis: Changing the Way We Look at Amphibians with Peter B. Mills, Thursday January 18 @ 7:30pm at Queen’s University Biosciences Complex, room 1102 (116 Barrie Street) in Kingston.
  • What is Happening with our Trees? With Oliver K. Reichl, Thursday February 15 @ 7:30pm at Queen’s University Biosciences Complex, room 1102 (116 Barrie Street) in Kingston.
  • KFN BioBlitz 2018, June 15 & 16 at Helen Quilliam Sanctuary at Otter Lake; for more information contact Anne Robertson at n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca or 613-389-6742.
Saugeen Nature
  • Snowshoe Hike for Screech Owls at Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve, Saturday January 27 @ 7:00pm; meet at the northeast entrance to Kinghurst reserve opposite Harrison Lake; for more information and to register contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
  • Club Meeting Featuring a Presentation on the Alternative Land Use Service Program in Grey and Bruce Counties by Keith Reid (Georgian Central Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Monday February 19 @ 8:00pm; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
  • Winter Nature Walk at Sulphur Springs Conservation Area, Saturday February 24 @ 10:00am; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
Norfolk Field Naturalists
  • Winter Birding in Haldimand County, Sunday January 21 @ 2:00pm; meet in Port Dover at the base of the dock on the west side of the harbor; for more information contact Len at 519-428-6796.
  • Presentation on Long Point Basin Land Trust by Lyndsay Shular, Tuesday February 13 @ 7:30pm at the Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe; for more information contact Len at 519-428-6796.
rare Charitable Research Reserve
  • Family Fun with rare! Monday February 19; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org/events-calendar/.
  • Beginner Beading Workshop, Sunday February 25 @ 10:00am; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org/events-calendar/.
  • Seedy Saturday, Saturday March 3 @ 10:00am; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org/events-calendar/.
  • Turtle Talk, Tuesday March 13 @ 7:00pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org/events-calendar/.
  • Earth Day Road Toll, Friday April 20 @ 7:30am; Meet at Lamb’s Inn (1679 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org/events-calendar/.
  • Earth Day Tree Planting, Sunday April 22 @ 10:00am; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org/events-calendar/.
York-Simcoe Naturalists
  • Creating Wonderful Wetlands: Consideration for Success with Lori McLean (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority), Tuesday February 13 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information contact ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
  • Citizen Science Programs and the Reptile and Amphibian Atlas with Emma Horrigan (Ontario Nature), Tuesday March 13 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information contact ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
  • Travels with the Nature BFFs, Thursday January 18 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at 705-331-5263.
Toronto Field Naturalists
  • Nature Images Show, Saturday February 3 @ 1:30pm at S. Walter Stewart Library auditorium (170 Memorial Park Avenue) in Toronto.
Niagara Falls Nature Club
  • Waterfowl along the Niagara River, Sunday January 21 @ 9:00am; bring a lunch and meet at the parking lot for Dufferin Islands; for more information contact Gisele Mills at 905-892-3973.
Toronto Ornithological Club

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