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A Thank You to Our Sponsors!
A great time was had by all who attended Ontario Nature's 84th Annual Nature Gathering on May 23 at rare Charitable Research Reserve. We are grateful to our many sponsors - Agents of Good, Birds & Beans, 20 Bees by Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits, Mill Street Brewery, BNY Mellon and Cade Associates Insurance Brokers - for helping to make the day a resounding success. We look forward to celebrating our 85th anniversary with you at next year's annual gathering!

Photo Courtesy of rare Charitable Research Reserve
Introducing Wallwork Nature Reserve 

At a July 4th celebration, Ontario Nature's St. Joseph Island Nature Reserve became Wallwork Nature Reserve. It was renamed to honour Gladys and Cliff Wallwork who purchased the property in 1968 to protect its many orchids. Ontario Nature took ownership of the property in 1971 and the Sault Naturalists of Ontario & Michigan currently oversee its management. Thirty-five people attended the celebration, including Ontario Nature board member Rick Cathrae and Gladys Wallwork, who helped lead a guided tour of the reserve.     
Photo Courtesy of Valerie Walker
Kingston Field Naturalists Oppose Wind Farm

The Kingston Field Naturalists are asking for your help to fight a 27-turbine wind power development proposed for Amherst Island near Kingston. They are concerned that this development will cause serious and irreversible harm to the island's numerous species at risk. Please contact Premier Wynne and Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry, Bill Mauro, to let them know that Amherst Island is an inappropriate site for a wind farm. Click here to learn more about Amherst Island and the proposed development.   


Red-tailed hawks breed on Amherst I. 
Photo Courtesy of Peter Ferguson
New Greenway Planning Infographics 

Please check out and share two new Ontario Nature infographics that highlight the value of Greenway planning for all communities. Through protecting and enhancing a greenway of interconnected networks of core natural area and linkages, we are improving habitat connectivity for wildlife and creating prosperous and healthy communities for the people who live there. These infographics can be downloaded for free here. To learn more about Ontario Nature's Greenway Program, contact Josh Wise at           


Sponsor a Youth to Attend 2015 Youth Summit

Help us invest in Ontario's next generation of naturalists by sponsoring a young person to attend Ontario Nature's Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Environmental Leadership. You'll be joining people like Ontario Nature members Sharon and Jim Bradley, who support today's youth in their fight to protect Ontario's nature. Your sponsorship of $300 will cover the full cost of one person's participation, including attendance at workshops, accommodations and meals. Contact Sarah Hedges at to learn how you can become a youth sponsor.


Photo Courtesy of Brendan Toews

Ontario Nature Welcomes 3 New Member Groups

Ontario Nature's Nature Network continues to grow with the addition of three new member groups, the Friends of Huntley Highlands, the Friends of the Salmon River and the Green Durham Association. Now 155 groups strong, the Nature Network is an increasingly powerful force in the province. These three new members share Ontario Nature's commitment to the preservation of our wild species and wild spaces and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming years. Please join us in welcoming them aboard!    


Photo Courtesy of  Friends of Huntley Highlands


  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Evening Walk to Shorthills Wilderness Area, Wednesday July 22 @ 7:00pm; to get to the location, drive north of Fonthill on Effingham St. then turn left onto Metler St. and right onto Center Street; for more information contact John Potter at 905-892-2566.
    • Evening Walk to Bradshw Park in Pelham, Wednesday July 29; directions: in Welland come to the corner of South Pelham Street and Chantler Road then turn west on Chantler for 3.2 km; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.     
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
  • Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Event Listings
    • Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario, May 8 to August 23 at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre (16160 Highway 12 in Midland); for more information contact
  • Nature's Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Rooted in Nature Outdoor Family Festival, August 14-16 at Backus Heritage Conservation Area (1267 2nd Concession Road) in Port Rowan; for more information visit
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Turkey Point Ravines Hike with Audrey Heagy, Friday July 24 @ 7:00pm; meet at the pull-out on the hill on the west side of Turkey Point Road south of Front Road; for more information contact 519-586-9464 or
    • Sex and Song: Moths, Katydids and Other Nocturnal Insects, Saturday August 15 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at 316 Norfolk County Road 60; for more information contact Mary or Peter at 510-586-3985.
    • Backus Woods at Night, Saturday August 29 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Backus Woods; meet at the parking lot off the 3rd Concession Road entrance into Backus Woods; for more information contact Bernie at 510-428-0706 or
  • Nipissing Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Wild Edibles and Wild Crafting with Jeremy St. Onge & Lucy Emmott, Saturday August 1 @ 10:00am at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; meet at the Brule St. parking lot rain or shine; for more information contact
    • Second Annual Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival, August 15 at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
    • Seedless Plants with Joe Boivin, Saturday September 5 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
    • Geology with Larry Dyke, Saturday October 3 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
    • Investigating Tracks and Signs with Jeremy St. Onge & Lucy Emmott, Saturday November 7 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact
    • History of Laurier Woods with Dick Tafel, Saturday December 5 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact                               
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