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We Are Going to Court to Protect Pollinators

In a bid to protect pollinators from harmful pesticides, Ontario Nature, David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada and the Wilderness Committee are taking the federal government to court. Our Ecojustice lawyers argue that a number of pesticides containing two neonicotinoids are unlawfully registered in Canada. Neonicotinoids have played a role in mass bee die-offs and harm bees’ metabolic, immune, and reproductive functions. It is time for Canada to recognize their environmental risks. Stay tuned for further updates as the court case proceeds.


Photo Courtesy of Allison Nicholls

An Exciting Time for Citizen Science 

Ontario Nature is thrilled to announce the launch of the Directory of Ontario Citizen Science (DOCS). This online tool links seasoned or budding citizen scientists with volunteer opportunities across the provinceDOCS is aimed at citizen science projects with biological, environmental or conservation goals. And it already includes 16 interesting and fun projects looking for dedicated participants. To learn more about DOCS and how you can get involved, contact Emma Horrigan. 

G.G. Newton Nature Reserve BioBlitz
Photo Courtesy of  Lynn Miller
A Conservation Victory for Rouge Park

On June 9, the federal government tabled an amendment to the Rouge National Urban Park Act that will enshrine ecological integrity as the top priority for park management. Our member groups have been a strong voice for the Rouge for many years, and we thank you for your support. In the months ahead, we will advocate with like-minded groups and individuals to expand the park, enhance landscape connectivity between Lake Ontario and the Oak Ridges Moraine and strengthen the park management plan. Contact Anne Bell to learn more about this important initiative.

Photo Courtesy of  Rouge National Urban Park
Surveying Species in the North 

Ontario Nature’s Boreal Office is continuing to offer both reptile and amphibian and edible wild plant workshops in northern communities this summer. We’ve visited several locations in northern Ontario, including Manitouwadge and Neys Provincial Park, helping participants survey for reptiles and amphibians. We will also be hosting our Foraging Week edible plant events in mid-August, with several guest experts leading hikes on edible plants and mushrooms. Please check the Ontario Nature events page in the coming weeks, or contact Mallory Vanier for more details.          


Thunder Bay BioBlitz
Photo Courtesy of Julee Boan
Nature Day at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve 

Join Ontario Nature conservation staff on July 23 for a day of family-friendly activities at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve in Deep River. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. There will be games and crafts available for kids. The day will focus on salamanders in the morning and pollinators in the afternoon, and participants will be taken on a guided tour of the reserve. Visit Ontario Nature's events webpage for more information or to register.      


Reilly Bird Nature Reserve
Photo Courtesy of  Noah Cole

Youth Council Pollinator Campaign Going Strong

Congratulations to Ontario Nature’s Youth Council for securing an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to expand their pollinator campaign. Over the past few years, council members have advocated for pollinator health and the banning of pesticide use in Ontario. This has resulted in a provincial commitment to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by 80%. This grant will allow them to build on that success and engage more of their peers in the fight to protect Ontario’s pollinators. Contact Sarah Hedges to learn about what the Youth Council has planned for this year.




  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Niagara College (Glendale Campus), Wednesday July 20 @ 7:00pm; meet at the southeast corner of the parking lot near the greenhouse; for more information contact Paula Clark at 905-374-2278.
    • Outing to Shorthills-Roland Road, Wednesday July 27 @ 7:00pm; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.            
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Hummingbirds and Butterflies, Saturday July 16 @ 10:00am at 273 Charlotteville Road 2 (2.2 km east of Forestry Farm Road near St. Williams); for more information contact Audrey or David at 519-586-9464 or
    • Norfolk Sand Plain Restoration Tour, Sunday July 31 @ 4:00pm; meet at the dam parking lot just west of St. Willliams Nursery on the north side of Hwy 24 to carpool; contact Mary or Peter at 519-586-3985 for more information. 
  • Natures Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Nature Adventure Camps, weeks of July 5 to August 25, Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm; open to childred aged 4-14; for more information contact Robin Cloet at or 519-410-7376.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
  • Oriliia Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Picnic at Victoria Falls in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Saturday August 27 @ 9:30am; meet behind Zehr's at 9:30am to carpool; for more information contact Sue Deadman at or 705-835-5355.                                                               
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