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Help Us Protect Lost Bay Nature Reserve

We urgently need to raise $250,000 to protect the final segment of our Lost Bay Nature Reserve in eastern Ontario. Without your help this ecologically diverse land is at risk of development that would fragment it and imperil the numerous plants and wildlife that call it home. Visit to find out how you can support our efforts. 

  Photo Courtesy of Sylvia Naylor
Promote the Reptile & Amphibian Atlas App in Your Community

The Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas has gone mobile and we need your help to get the word out. We have developed a kit of promotional resources for local retailers to display. If you know of any camp stores, lodges, information kiosks or visitor centres that would be interested in displaying an atlas poster and postcards, please let us know and we'll send them a kit. To learn more about the Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas app, visit or contact

 Spotted Salamander, Photo Courtesy of Nick Cairns
Ontario Children's Outdoor Charter

Ontario Nature and our partners are pleased to introduce the Ontario Children's Outdoor Charter. Spearheaded by the Back to Nature Network and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the charter aims to make sure all Ontario children have opportunities to play and explore in the outdoors. If you want to show your support for the charter, visit to access resources you can use to help reconnect Ontario's young people with nature.

Photo Courtesy of Sarah Hedges
Milkweed Removed From Noxious Weed List

There is some good news for the monarch butterfly. Thanks to your efforts, common milkweed has been removed from Ontario's Schedule of Noxious Weeds. Milkweed provides an important habitat and a larval food source for the monarch butterfly, which is experiencing an alarming decline in numbers. To learn about our Youth Council's new campaign to protect monarchs and other pollinators, contact Sarah Hedges at  
Common Milkweed, Photo Courtesy of Kevin Adams
Ontario Nature Welcomes 3 New Boreal Staff Members

Please join us in welcoming 3 new staff members to our Boreal office in Thunder Bay. Lisa Pelot, Forest Food Workshop Coordinator, will develop curriculum and conduct workshops on edible plants in northern Ontario. Habitat Analyst Intern, Amy Stachejczuk will support our Forest Stewardship audits and Conservation Intern, Will Stoltz will organize our Citizen Science and Forest Foods workshops. To learn more about these projects, contact Julee Boan at
Photo Courtesy of Garth Lenz

Great Lakes Wetlands Day Proceedings Now Available

With more than 200 people in attendance, this year's Great Lakes Wetlands Day was a resounding success! Attendees came from all over the province to learn about wetland research, policy and conservation, and to see presentations from numerous organizations, including Ontario Nature. The proceedings from the day are now available at If you would like to sponsor a future Great Lakes Wetlands day please email




  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Butterfly & Dragonfly Count at Stevensville Conservation Area, Sunday June 22 @ 9:00am; for more information, contact Paul Philp at 905-894-2723
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Evening Walk through Niagara College ponds, Wednesday June 25 @ 7:00pm; for more information, contact Paula Clark at 905-374-2278
    • Evening Walk in Lathrop Woods, Wednesday July 2 @ 7:00pm; meet at Shopper's Drug Mart off Highway 20 in Fonthill; for more information, contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226
    • Evening Walk in Hearland Forest, Wednesday July 9 @ 7:00pm, west side of Kalar Road in Niagara Falls; for more information, contact Paul Philp at 905-894-2723
    • Outing to Windmill Point, Saturday July 12 @ 10:00pm; meet at south end of Windmill Point Road and bring food, a hat, binoculars and a camera; for more information, contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Trumpeter Swan Restoration, Thursday July 10 @ 7:00pm at the rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336
    • 9th Annual Butterfly Count, Sunday July 20 @ 9:00am at Lamb's Inn (1679 Blair Road in Cambridge), cost: $3; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336
Upcoming Deadlines

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

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