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Grow Our Greenbelt!

Water is essential to the health and prosperity of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, home to more than 9 million people and some of Canada's most fertile farmland. Unless we're vigilant, demands on the region's water resources will undermine our safe and reliable sources of freshwater. This week, we and 30 other organizations launched the Grow Our Greenbelt website. Check it out to learn more about how you can join the movement and protect our water!


Protect Your Share of Ontario Nature's 25th Nature Reserve 

You can help create Ontario Nature’s first riverine nature reserve. This 78-hectare property on the Sydenham River is critical habitat for at-risk species and home to some of the richest diversity of endangered and at-risk freshwater mussels in the world. Make your gift today to protect your share of Ontario Nature's Sydenham River Nature Reserve. Check out the spring 2016 issue of ON Nature magazine to learn more about the species-rich Sydenham River. 

Sydenham River
Photo Courtesy of  Tanya Pulfer
BioBlitz at George G. Newton Nature Reserve

Join us on June 25 for a BioBlitz at the George G. Newton Nature Reserve in Goderich. A BioBlitz is an event where people of all skill levels identify as many plants and animals as possible within a set time period. It's a great opportunity for novice naturalists and people interested in local species to have a hands-on learning experience. People of all ages are welcome to join the fun and there will be crafts and games available for kids. Visit our website for more details or to register online. We hope to see you there!

George G. Newton Nature Reserve
Photo Courtesy of  Ontario Nature
Calling All Teen Environmentalists 

We are happy to announce that registration for our highly-anticipated 7th annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity is now open. Alongside our Youth Council, we are welcoming 100 environmental leaders from high schools across the province for a weekend of meaningful discussion and outdoor fun. This year's summit is scheduled for September 23-25 at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. Please visit our website to register. To learn about other ways you can support the Youth Summit, contact Sarah Hedges.          


Photo Courtesy of  Brendan Toews
Ostrander Point Turbine Approval Revoked 

Congratulations to the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and their partners for their successful fight against Gilead Power's proposed wind farm at Ostrander Point! On June 6, the Environmental Review Tribunal ruled that "the appropriate remedy [to protect the area's Blanding's turtles] is to revoke the Director's decision to issue the Renewable Energy Approval". This decision will not only protect the turtles, but also millions of migratory birds, bats and butterflies.     


Blanding's Turtle
Photo Courtesy of  Ron Erwin

Congratulations to the 2015 Conservation Award Winners

On June 4, Ontario Nature recognized the exceptional contributions made by individuals, government and businesses to the protection of wild species and wild spaces. The awards ceremony was part of Ontario Nature's 85th annual gathering that took place at Evergreen Resort on the South Bruce Peninsula. The deserving award recipients for 2015 are Alan Macnaughton, Bud Rowe, Scott Gillingwater, Jennifer Howard, the City of London, Freeman Boyd, Simon de Boer and Friends of the Rouge Watershed


2015 Conservation Award Winners
Photo Courtesy of  Noah Cole


  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Niagara Shores, Wednesday June 22 @ 7:00pm; meetin in the parking lot off Lakeshore Road, west of Niven Road; for more information contact Carol Horvat at 905-687-8562.
    • Outing to Louth Conservation Area, Wednesday June 29 @ 7:00pm; meet at Rockway Community Centre on Pelham Road for more information contact Rhonda Armstrong at 905-358-3426.            
  • Kingston Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • 2016 BioBlitz at Menzel Centennial Provincial Park, Friday June 17 to Saturday June 18; for more information contact Anne Robertson at 613-389-6742 or       
  • Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Potluck and Members Night, Thursday June 16 @ 5:30pm at Tiny Marsh Visitors Centre; walk is at 5:30pm, dinner is at 6:15pm.
    • Bioblitz at Tiny Marsh, Saturday June 25 from 6:00am to 6:00pm; for more information visit or contact           
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Flora and Fauna of the Niagara Escarpment with Brian Popelier, Monday June 20 @ 7:00pm at the Stevensville Conservation Area (255 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856. 
  • Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club Event Listings
    • Grassland Bird Monitoring at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, Saturday June 18 @ 9:00am; meet at the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park parking lot off McLaren Road between Forks of the Credit Road and Charleston Sideroad in Caledon.
    • BBQ at Ian and Michelle Jarvie's house in Glen Williams, Saturday June 25 @ 6:00pm; please RSVP to Ian at
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Birding Walk in Jaycee Park, Thursday June 23 @ 7:00pm; meet at Jaycee parking lot at 7pm; for more information contact Jean Hampson at 905-688-1260.
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Night Hike at Lake Erie Farms, Monday June 20 @ 8:30pm; contact mary or Peter at 519-586-3985 for more information.
    • Long Point Butterfly Count, Saturday July 2; contact Adam Timpf at 519-586-9964 or for more information.
    • 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
    • Rooted in Nature Outdoor Family Festival, Sunday July 10 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Long Point Waterfowl's Research and Education Centre (546 Turkey Point Road) in Turkey Point, Norfolk County; for more information visit
    • 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
    • Don't Step on a Bee Day, Sunday July 10 @ 10:00am; meet at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; visit for more information.
    • rare's 11th Annual Butterfly Count, Saturday July 16 @ 9:00am; cost to participate is $3; visit for more information.
    • Knitting in Nature Night, Wednesday August 3 @ 5:30pm; meet at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; visit for more information.
    • rare BioBlitz 2016, Sunday August 14 @ 10:00am; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; visit for more information.
    • Yoga in Nature, Saturday August 27 @ 10:00am; meet at Lanb's Inn (1679 Blair Road) in Cambridge; visit  for more information.                                                              
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The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on July 15, 2016. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2016.

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