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Round 2 Goes to the Turbines

In January, the Ministry of the Environment and Gilead Power argued against the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) ruling that revoked the approval of the Ostrander Point wind turbine project. Justice Nordheimer decided that the Tribunal erred in its ruling. The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) are disappointed with the Divisional Court ruling, and will seek leave to appeal it to the Ontario Court of Appeal. The cost of the ERT appeal and subsequent defense of its decision has been very expensive and the PECFN need your help.  To learn more about how you can support their efforts, visit


Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol
Science Cafe to Discuss TransCanada's Pipeline Proposal

Ontario Nature's Boreal Office, in collaboration with Science North, the Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians and Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet will hold a Science Cafe in Thunder Bay on March 18th.  The event will include a panel discussion on TransCanada's Energy East pipeline proposal.  In Ontario, the project would result in the conversion of almost 2,000 kilometres of existing pipeline (from natural gas to diluted bitumen), the construction of 104 kilometres of new pipeline and the building of 30 pumping stations, all with inherent risks to our environment. For more information about the Science Café, contact Julee Boan at

Photo Courtesy of TransCanada
Measuring Biodiversity in Elgin County

Carolinian Canada Coalition and its partners are launching a 3-year Natural Heritage Inventory for Elgin County this spring and they need your help. Citizen scientists are invited to record their observations of all the species found in Elgin County. You can take action with the inventory by having a skilled surveyor conduct an inventory on your lands, conducting your own survey and reporting your results (a Participant Guide will be provided), or hosting a training workshop for potential surveyors. To participate in the Elgin Natural Heritage Inventory or find out more about how you can join the effort, visit


Photo Courtesy of Stan Caveney
Last Call for 2013 Conservation Award Nominations

There’s still time to submit your nominations for Ontario Nature’s 2013 Conservation Awards. If you know of an individual, group, business or government agency who you think should be recognized for their effort to protect nature in Ontario, we’d like to know about them. The official nomination form is available through our website at Just fill it out, and submit it before the March 31st nomination deadline. All award recipients will be honoured at Ontario Nature’s 83rd Annual Gathering on June 21st, 2014. If you have any questions about the nomination process or awards, please contact Lauren Wright at


Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole
Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning

The dual crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss demands a broad approach to how we build and grow communities. Ontario Nature’s Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning will help planners do just that. The guide features 50 examples of effective natural heritage systems policies taken from more than 20 municipalities across southern and eastern Ontario, and explains how planners identified and protected greenways of connected natural cores and corridors. For more information or to obtain an electronic copy of the guide, contact Josh Wise at 


Photo Courtesy of City of Markham 
Help Remove Milkweed from Ontario's Noxious Weed List

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is proposing that milkweed be removed from the Schedule of Noxious Weeds and that dog-strangling vine be added. Milkweed provides an important habitat and a larval food source for the monarch butterfly, which is experiencing an alarming decline in numbers. Dog-strangling vine is an invasive plant that can be difficult to control once established. It is also a hazard to monarch butterfly populations because, though monarch butterflies are attracted to it, any eggs they lay on the plant will not survive. The proposed amendment is available for public comment at The deadline for comments is April 14, 2014.

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Adams


  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Preventing Birds from Colliding with Buildings by Michael Mesure (Fatal Light Awareness Program), Tuesday April 8 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park.
  •  North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Annual Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 10 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard) in Markham.
  • Brereton Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings 
    • Club meeting featuring a talk on insect life cycles by James Kamstra (Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario), Friday March 21 @ 7:30pm at the North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie. For more information, visit
    • Spring Migrants in the Minesing Floodplains field trip, Saturday April 12 from 8:00am to 2:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit
    • American Woodcocks field trip, Wednesday April 16 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit
    • Potluck and Annual General Meeting, Friday April 25 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie. For more information, visit  
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Talk by Rick Ludkin of the Matangwe Bird Club of Kenya, Wednesday March 19 @ 7:00pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library (4848 Victoria Avenue) in Niagara Falls.
    • Niagara Falls Nature Club Annual Dinner, Saturday April 12 @ 5:30pm at Betty's Restaurant in Chippewa; the evening will include A Study of Beauty in the Natural World by Kyle Horner; Tickets are $27/person. For more information, contact Rick Young at or 905-734-6226.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Club meeting featuring a talk on Ontario's Important Bird Areas Program by Mike Burrell (Bird Studies Canada), Monday March 24 @ 7:30pm.
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