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Help Us Identify Thunder Bay's Species

On July 19, Ontario Nature's Boreal Office will host a family-friendly bioblitz at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area in Thunder Bay. Come out and learn about northern biodiversity and take a guided tour of the trails with local experts. The event runs from 9:00am to noon, and will be followed by a free BBQ. Space is limited so register early! For more information or to join, contact Will Stolz at 807-286-1789 or wills@ontarionature.org.  
 

Photo Courtesy of Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
New Greenway Guide Released

Ontario Nature has released the Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning. The guide promotes municipal greenway planning, a strategic approach to land use planning which addresses biodiversity loss and the uncertainties of climate change. It draws on 50+ examples of strong policies from 23 municipalities. These policies are protecting and enhancing the many benefits nature provides including flood control, pollination and improved air and water quality. Click here to download your free copy. For more information, contact Josh Wise at joshuaw@ontarionature.org.
 
 
Nature's Benefits on the Farm

Join the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) on August 27 to explore 4 unique properties on the eastern edge of Norfolk County. Each stop will include a welcome from the host landowner, a guest speaker and a guided tour of the farm at work. Highlighted projects will include riparian restoration, marginal land restoration, agricultural operation enhancement and wetland creation. To join this event, contact Darlene Degriek at ddegrieck@deltawaterfowl.org or 519-718-0580. Ontario Nature is a provincial partner with the ALUS program.
 


Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol 
Eco-heroes in Our Midst

On June 21, we honoured 7 individuals and 2 groups for their exceptional efforts to preserve Ontario's nature (http://www.ontarionature.org/media/news_template.php?n_code=660). The deserving recipients and their respective awards are Tom Lobb (Ontario Nature Achievement Award), Andrew Reeves (Carl Nunn Media & Conservation Award), Craig Campbell (W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award), Kyle Clark (Richards Education Award), River Murray (Margaret & Carl Nunn Memorial Camp Scholarship Award), Donald J. Kerr (Ian Shenstone Fraser Memorial Award), Mark Eastman (J.R. Dymond Public Service Award), the Bruce Trail Conservancy (Steve Hounsell Greenway Award) and CKL Flora (W.E. Saunders Natural History Award). Our congratulations to all of the winners!

 



 Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
Bernie Solymar Newest Board Director

Please join us in welcoming Bernie Solymar as Ontario Nature's new Carolinian East Regional Director. Bernie is a dedicated conservationist and environmental educator who brings with him a wealth of knowledge about our province's wildlife and habitats. He is the current president of the Norfolk Field Naturalists and Executive Director of Nature's Calling Environmental Education. Bernie assumed the role of Carolinian East Regional Director from Mark Cranford who has completed his 6th and final year with us. Our warmest thanks to Mark for his years of service and welcome aboard, Bernie!

 
 
Bernie at the AGM, Photo Courtesy of Maggie Janek

Beekeeping Workshop Gets Swarmed

On July 5, attendees at a beekeeping workshop at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre got a rare opportunity to see a honey bee colony swarm. The new colony created by the swarm brings Wye Marsh's hive total to 5, with each hive holding 40,000 to 60,000 bees. The observation hive, where the swarm originated, will now establish a new queen to continue growing the colony. To learn more about Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and its bee hives, visit http://www.wyemarsh.com/.

 
 
Photo Courtesy of Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre


Events

  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • 9th Annual Butterfly Count, Sunday July 20 @ 9:00am at Lamb's Inn (1679 Blair Road in Cambridge), cost: $3; for more information, visit http://www.raresites.org/ or call 519-650-9336.
    • rare Plants with Brett Woodman, Sunday August 17 @ 2:00pm at rare Eco Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); cost: $8 or $3 with rare discount card; for more information, visit http://www.raresites.org/ or call 519-650-9336.
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Great Egrets at Luther Marsh, Saturday August 23 @ 5:45pm; meet at the main entrance to Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area; for more information, contact Lionel Gould at saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • Benthic Biomonitoring of Macroinvertebrates with Saugeen Conservation Authority staff, Saturday September 6 @ 10:00am; meet at the Rotary Park in Mildmay; for more information or to join the outing, contact Jo-Anne Harbinson (Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority) at 519-367-3040 ext. 235.
  •  Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Walk to Swayze Falls, Wednesday July 23 @ 7:00pm; to get to the meeting place, take Merrittville Hwy then go west on Holland until it turns into Roland Road and continue up the hill to the parking lot; for more information, contact Janet Damude at 905-892-2158.
    • Walk in Malcolmson Park, Wednesday July 30 @ 7:00pm; meet at the north end of Niagara Street at Lakeshore Road in St. Catharines; for more information, contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
  •  MEC & Wildlands League Toronto Big Wild Challenge Event Listing
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on August 15, 2014. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014.

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

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