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Congratulations to the 2016 Conservation Award Winners!

On June 3, Ontario Nature recognized exceptional contributions to the protection of wild species and wild spaces made by individuals, groups, municipalities and businesses in 2016. The deserving award recipients are Larry Cornelis (Ontario Nature Achievement Award), Dorothy Tiedje (W. E. Saunders Natural History Award), Bill McIlveen (W. W. H. Gunn Conservation Award), Karen Bateman and Marilyn Swaby (Richards Education Award), Oakville Mayor Robert Burton (Lee Symmes Municipal Award), Joe Johnson (Ian Shenstone Fraser Memorial Award), Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum (Steve Hounsell Greenway Award), Beverly Kingdon (J. R. Dymond Public Service Award), Shawn Micallef (Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award) and Wild Ontario (Ontario Nature Corporate Award). Congratulations everyone!   


2016 Conservation Award Winners
Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
Ontario Government Releases Updated Land Use Plans 

On May 18 Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, Bill Mauro, released the newly updated Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. While the province is moving the yardstick in the right direction, we have identified some significant concerns with the newly finalized plans. Check out our blog to see a recap of what we’re pleased with, what we’re disappointed with and what’s coming next. 

Photo Courtesy of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation
What Do We Want? More Protected Areas! 

When do we want them? Now! Our government has promised to protect 17% of our land and inland waters through well-connected networks of protected areas by 2020. And today, we’re only at 11%. It’s time for leadership and action! Creating protected areas helps maintain clean air and water, conserves species diversity, gives us places to explore and experience nature, captures and stores carbon and buffers the impact of climate change. Stand with Ontario Nature today and call on our government to create more protected areas!    

On Nature Article Wins Silver! 

ON Nature magazine recently won silver at the National Magazine Awards for its short feature article, The Cutting Edge, by Ray Ford. The article reveals the intersection between the lives of farmers and Ontario's grassland birds, and the innovative ways that farmers are helping to protect those birds. Congratulations to Ray and ON Nature's editorial team!



Register Today for the Youth Summit for Biodiversity  

We are excited to share that registration for our highly-anticipated 8th annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity is now open. Alongside our Youth Council, we will welcome 100 environmental leaders from high schools across the province to come together for a weekend of nature exploration, environmental learning and outdoor fun. This year's summit will be held from September 22 to 24 at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. To register, please visit the summit webpage. If you would like to support the Youth Summit in another capacity, including sponsoring a young person to attend, contact Sarah Hedges.


2016 Youth Summit for Biodiversity
Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
Thunder Bay BioBlitz a Huge Success

On May 26 & 27, Ontario Nature’s Boreal office hosted the Thunder Bay Community BioBlitz in Mills Block Forest. Approximately 150 people, including 70 students from two local elementary schools, came out to lend a hand. Species highlights from the event include a
pair of sandhill cranes and numerous Boreal chorus frogs. Our thanks to all of the participants and species experts who lent their time and enthusiasm to the BioBlitz. Contact Mallory Vanier to learn about more citizen science events our Boreal office has planned for this summer.


Boreal Chorus Frog
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Brazeau


  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Dessert Potluck and Members Share Night, Monday June 19 @ 7:00pm; for more information contact Alida Osborn at 905-894-3790. 
  • Nature Guelph Event Listings
    • Potting On: Seed Workshop Part 2, Saturday June 17 @ 1:00pm; for more information visit the Nature Guelph website.
    • Surveying for Species at Risk Plants, Sunday June 18 @ 9:30am; for more information visit the Nature Guelph website.
    • Mystery Wildflower Walk, Wednesday June 21 @ 7:00pm; for more information visit the Nature Guelph website.
  • Kingston Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • 2017 BioBlitz in Partnership with Thousand Islands National Park, Friday June 16 @ 3:00pm to Saturday June 17 @ 3:00pm at London Bay; for more information contact Anne Robertson at 613-389-6742, or Janis Grant at 613-540-1167,
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Owl Prowl, Wednesday July 5 @ 9:00pm; meet at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit the rare website.
    • Don't Step on a Bee Day, Monday July 10 @ 6:00pm; meet at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit the rare website.
    • 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
    • Overnight Trip to Norfolk County, Friday June 16 to Saturday June 17; the trip will include visits to Backus Woods, Long Point Bird Observatory and St. Wiliams Nursery and Ecology Centre; for more information and to register contact
    • Sharing Nature with Children and Youth with Dan Schneider, Monday June 19; for more information visit
    • 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.   
  • Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Sleeping Giant BioBlitz, June 17 & 18; for more information contact Leslie NG at
  • Norfolk Field Naturalist Event Listings
    • Long Point Butterfly Count, Saturday July 1 (all day); this all-day event is similar to a Christmas Bird Count and involves identifying and counting local butterflies; contact Adam Timpf at 519-586-9964 or
    • Night Hike at Lake Erie Farms, Friday July 7 @ 8:45pm; the property is located on County Road #60, about 300 metres west of the West 1/4 Line, #453; for more information contact Mary or Peter at 519-586-3985.
    • Norfolk Sand Plain Restoration Tour, Wednesday July 12 @ 7:00pm; meet at the dam parking lot just west of St. Williams Nursery on the north side of Highway 24 to car pool; for more information contact Mary or Peter at 519-586-3985.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Enjoying Nature in the City: Birding in Jaycee Park, Thursday June 29 @ 7:00pm; meet at Jaycee Park parking lot (543 Ontario Street, beside Robertson's Rentals); for more information contact Jean Hampson at 905-688-1260.
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to the Lathrop Property, Wednesday June 21 @ 7:00pm; meet at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Highway 20 in Fonthill; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
    • Outing to Louth Conservation Area, Wednesday June 28 @ 7:00pm; meet at Rockway Community Centre on Pelham Road; for more information contact Rhonda Armstrong at 905-358-3426.
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Event Listings
  • MTM Conservation Association Event Listings
  • Willow Beach Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Northumberland BioBlitz, 10:00am Saturday July 8 to 10:00am Sunday July 9 at Peter's Woods Provincial Park; admission is free and all ages are welcome; for more information contact Chris at or 905-396-5124.                                                                                   
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