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Bad News for Endangered Species 

On May 29, Ontario's Divisional Court upheld a provincial regulation that exempts major industries from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and allows them to kill species at risk and destroy their habitat. This is a very disappointing decision. The survival of Ontario's most vulnerable wildlife is now weighed against competing industrial interests, which may tip the scale towards extinction. We are now reviewing the decision and considering our options. We will keep you informed of our plans and actions. With your support, we will continue to fight for the protection and recovery of species at risk in Ontario.  


Lakeside Daisy
Photo Courtesy of Arthur Chapman

Thank You for Your Support! 

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Nature Network for supporting our comments on the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan. Thirty-two groups signed the comments we submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on May 28. Many of you also submitted comments of your own. This coordinated effort shows the strength of the Nature Network and we thank you for adding your voice to ours. To learn more about this important review, contact Josh Wise at     

Photo Courtesy of Margonaut
Ontario Nature's Youth Council Receives Honour

Ontario Nature's Youth Council has been chosen as a finalist for the Canadian Museum of Nature's Nature Inspiration Award! Their highly successful pollinator campaign was the focus of this honour. The award winners will be announced in November at a gala dinner in Ottawa. If they win, the council will receive $5000 to support their work, national recognition through a video and media, travel and accommodations to attend the awards ceremony and a one-year subscription to The Walrus. Congratulations to these truly inspirational young people!  


2015 Youth Council Retreat
Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature
A Bold Step for Pollinators 

June 9, 2015 was an historic day for pollinators in Ontario. The provincial government has taken a bold and necessary step to protect pollinators with new regulations that reduce the use of neonicotinoids by 80 percent for corn and soybeans. The new rules, which come into effect on July 1, 2015, will make Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America to dramatically reduce neonicotinoids. Click here to read our press release about this important decision.          


Monarch Butterfly
Photo Courtesy of Lisa Richardson
Wye Marsh Appeals for Help to Win Funding for Boardwalk

You can help Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre win $10,000 with the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge is a new initiative from GIV3 and CanadaHelps that runs from June 1 to June 30, 2015. Every dollar donated to Wye Marsh by an individual in June through or is an automatic entry for Wye Marsh to win a $10,000 donation (minimum donation of $3). Wye Marsh will use the $10,000 prize to support their current campaign to replace their aging boardwalk.


2015 Our Special Spaces Events

For the fifth year running, members of Ontario Nature's Youth Council are working with community groups across the province to organize Our Special Spaces events. This year, to align with the Youth Council's campaign to protect pollinators, Our Special Spaces events are focusing on creating pollinator habitat through native wildflower and shrub plantings in areas across the province. To learn more about this extraordinary initiative and how you can support it, contact Sarah Hedges at Our Special Spaces is generously funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Bentall Kennedy.    


Tree Planting in Whitby
Photo Courtesy of  Jayden Rae


  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Evening Walk to Niagara Shores, Wednesday June 24 @ 7:00pm; meet in the parking lot off of Lakeshore opposite Niven Road; for more information contact Carol Horvat at 905-687-8562.
    • Evening Walk in Lathrop Woods in Fonthill, Wednesday July 1 @ 7:00pm; meet at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Fonthill; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
    • Evening Walk at the Glendale Campus of Niagara College, Wednesday July 8 @ 7:00pm; meet at the southeast corner of the parking lot; for more information contact Paula Clark at 905-374-2278.
    • Evening Walk at Decew House Area, Wednesday July 15 @ 7:00pm; meet at Decew House parking lot on Decew Road; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
  • Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club Event Listings 
    • Turtle Nest Protection, throughout the month of June; for more information or to join the turtle team contact Kate Harries at
    • Potluck, Members Night and AGM, Thursday June 18 @ 5:30pm at Tiny Marsh Nature Centre.
    • Tiny Marsh BioBlitz, Saturday June 27 from 6:00am to midnight at Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area; for more information contact Kate Harries at or visit    
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Damsels and Dragons, Saturday July 4 @ 9:00am; meet at 9:00am just east of Priceville on Highway 4 in Grey County; for more information or to register contact      
  • 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
  • Halton/North Peel Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Morning Walk at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, Sunday June 21 @ 8:00am; meet in the main parking lot of Forks of the Credit PP on McLaren Road between Forks of the Credit Road and Highway 24; for more information contact Don Scallen at      
  • Nature Guelph Event Listings
    • Social Hike at Radial Line Trail, Sunday June 21 @ 3:00pm; meet at the roadside parking area along Watson Road beween Stone Road and Arkell Road
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Butterfly and Dragonfly Hunt, Sunday June 21 @ 9:00am; meet at Stevensville Conservation Area and bring a lunch, binoculars and field guides; for more information contact Paul Philp at 905-894-2723.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Evening Walk in Jaycee Park, Thursday June 18 @ 7:00pm; meet in the parking lot of Jaycee Park (543 Ontario Street in St. Catharines); for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • 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
    • Norfolk Sand Plain Restoration Tour with Mary Gartshore & Peter Carson, Sunday July 12 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm; meet at the dam parking lot just west of St. Williams Nursery on the north side of Highway 24; for more information contact 519-586-3985.
    • 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
    • Long Point Butterfly Count, Saturday July 25; this is part of a North America-wide annual count; contact Adam Timpf at 519-586-9964 or for details.
  • Nipissing Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Aquatic Insects with Paul Smylie, Saturday July 4 @ 10:00am at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; meet at the Brule St. parking lot rain or shine; for more information contact
    • 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                            
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on July 15, 2015. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015.

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