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Hearing Held on Neonicotinoid Court Action

A hearing to determine if the lawsuit we filed last year to protect pollinators from two widely-used neonicotinoid pesticides can go forward was held on July 6 & 7 at the Federal Court in Toronto. Our lawsuit argues that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency failed to live up to its legal responsibilities as a regulator, and continues to unlawfully register a number of pesticides containing the neonicotinoids. The federal government and three multinational pesticide companies want to have the case dismissed before it is heard. Stay tuned in the coming months for the court’s decision.   


Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol
Join Ontario Nature's Digital BioBlitz 

Whether your summer adventures are already underway or just on the horizon, we’re asking you to participate in our Digital BioBlitz – a new take on the traditional BioBlitz. We’re bringing people together from across Ontario to use our new atlas app to record more reptile and amphibian sightings. Your data can make a difference. By submitting your sightings you will help increase our knowledge about Ontario’s reptiles and amphibians. Let the Digital BioBlitz begin and happy herping! 

Photo Courtesy of Gabe Camozzi
New Nature & Farm Protection for Greater Golden Horseshoe 

On July 6, the provincial government took an important step towards better protecting nature and farming across the Greater Golden Horseshoe with the release of regional plans for a Natural Heritage System and an Agricultural System. Ontario Nature will be working through the summer to develop recommendations for the government and to encourage our members to engage in this important consultation. The dealine for comments is October 4.    

Photo Courtesy of Tim Hagen
Learn to Paint at Cawthra Mulock  

We would like to invite you to our Landscape Painting Workshop on Saturday August 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve, near Newmarket. This will be the first event of our ‘Branching Out’ series, which aims to connect people to nature in creative ways. The cost to attend is $65 per person and includes lunch. Toronto-based artist Matthew Mancini will lead the workshop. Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot!


Photo Courtesy of Mark Carabetta 

Youth Council Member Wins Award  

Please join us in congratulating Ontario Nature Youth Council member Ethan Elliott for being named one of The Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists under 25. The Starfish Canada is a national youth forum for responsible decision-making on behalf of Canada’s environment. Ethan was honoured for his work in getting Stratford designated as Ontario’s second Bee City. Well done Ethan!


Photo Courtesy of Barb Hacking
Counting Species at the Kingston FN BioBlitz

The Kingston Field Naturalists’ 19th annual BioBlitz was a resounding success. Held at the Landon Bay property of Thousand Islands National Park on June 16 & 17, the event attracted more than 100 participants of all ages. Highlights include sightings of a peregrine falcon, a least bittern, a blue-winged warbler and a map turtle. Participants also recorded 11 fish species. The Kingston Field Naturalists’ BioBlitz is held every June. Stayed tuned in the new year for details about the 2018 event.


Photo Courtesy of Janet Elliott


  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • rare Community BioBlitz, Saturday July 15 & Sunday July 16, 10:00am to 10:00am; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit the rare website.
    • Garden and Pollinator Tour, Saturday August 12 @ 10:00am; meet at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit the rare website.
    • Garden Pot Luck Social, Monday August 21 @ 6:00pm; meet at Springbank Farm (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit the rare website.        
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Butterfly ID Workshop, Sunday July 16 at Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve; Click here for more information.
    • Damsels and Dragonflies, Saturday August 12 at Noisy River Provincial Park; contact for more details and to register.
    • The Night Sky, Monday September 25 @ 8:00pm at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Office in Formosa; visit the saugeen nature website for more information.
    • Falling Waters Hike: Beaver Valley Early Fall Colours, Saturday September 30 @ 1:30pm; meet at Hogg's Falls parking lot; for more information contact Blain Horsley at or 519-986-4839.    
  • Norfolk Field Naturalist Event Listings
    • Sex and Song: Moths, Katydids and Other Nocturnal Insects, Saturday August 19 @ 8:30pm at 316 Norfolk County Road 60 in Walsingham; for more information contact Mary or Peter at 519-586-3985.
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Event Listings
    • Visit the TRCA online calendar to see their upcoming events.                                                                                  
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