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Bathurst Inlet Discovery with Ontario Nature 

Ontario Nature is pleased to be working with Quest Nature Tours again to provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a visit to Bathurst Inlet in Nunavut. We will be discovering the wildlife and landscapes of this place of rolling hills, snaking eskers, gently meandering rivers and awesome gorges. The Bathurst Inlet area also has a fantastic floral show and this will be a great opportunity for study and photography. For more information on this exciting trip or to request Quest's new catalogue, call 1-800-387-1483 or email travel@worldwidequest.com.   
 

 


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Help Collect Vital Frog Data 

The sounds of summer are coming! Are you ready for more citizen science? Join Backyard Frog Surveys to monitor frog and toad species calling in your neighbourhood this year. Biologists will use the vital long-term monitoring data from Backyard Frog Surveys to map species distributions and population trends in the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. If you can commit to repeated surveying this year, please email atlas@ontarionature.org to ask for your Backyard Frog Survey materials. Calls start in April, so hop to it and sign up today!  
   
 


Photo Courtesy of Peter Ferguson
Join Us for a Grand Old Time

Dreaming of being outdoors in warmer weather? Ontario Nature and rare Charitable Research Reserve invite you to our one-day event, A Day on the Grand to be held on May 23, 2015 at rare ECO Centre along the beautiful Grand River in Cambridge. Highlights of the day include bird banding, guided nature hikes, a special presentation on sustainability and the chance to become a citizen scientist alongside local researchers. Register now before spots fill up! The deadline is May 4, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Lauren Wright at laurenw@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 271.
 

 


Vote for Media Camps with a Natural Twist 

Help Ontario Nature and Science North win $10,000 for our Media Camps with a Natural Twist. All you have to do is cast your vote with tbaytel for Good today. These innovative camps will show young people how to use multimedia devices (e.g. IPads, GoPros) to photograph or film nature and create mini-documentaries on the identification of edible wild plants in northern Ontario. You can show your support for this great initiative by voting every day until the deadline. Voting closes on May 4, 2015 so act now!        

 
 

Photo Courtesy of Science North
Government to Review Three Conservation Plans

The provincial government is reviewing the Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment and Greenbelt plans. To protect these embattled landscapes, we must tell the government that we want stronger laws for a stronger landscape! They have also announced the creation of an expert panel chaired by David Crombie to help lead the review. We need you to attend these sessions to show support for the protection of our water, land and communities. For more information about the review, see our press release.  

 
  

Farmers: Leaders in Pollinator Protection

Be among the first to see a video made by the Ontario Nature Youth Council about protecting pollinators. In the video, Youth Council member, Mariel visits ALUS farmers in Norfolk County to talk about creating habitat for pollinators. Farmers are leaders and essential partners in the important work of pollinator protection. The Youth Council launched their Protect Our Pollinators campaign last spring and became the province's youth voice for pollinator conservation. Stay tuned for another video about how Ontarians of any age can do their part to protect pollinators!   
  

 
 

Photo Courtesy of Joyce Cheng


Events

  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Annual Dinner Meeting featuring a presentation by Robert Curry, Saturday April 11 @ Betty's Restaurant; for more information contact Carol Horvat at chorvat1@cogeco.ca or Rick Young at rick.y@sympatico.ca.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Chimney Swifts with Phyllis Tremblay (Brereton Field Naturalists), Tuesday April 14 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park; for more information email ysnclub@yahoo.ca.
    • Sounds of the Swamp with Peter Wukasch, Tuesday May 12 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park; for more information email ysnclub@yahoo.ca  
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Maple Sugar Moon Festival, Hike at Inglis Falls, Saturday March 28; starts with a tour of the Grey Roots Museum & Archives during their Maple Syrup Moon Festival followed by a hike at Inglis Falls; for more information contact Jerry Asling at j.a.bluebird@sympatico.ca.
    • Winter Stragglers and Early Spring Migrants, Saturday April 11; join us as we travel in and around the Walkerton area in search of birds; for more information email gmcnaughton@wightman.ca.
    • The Science and Conservation of Species at Risk, Monday April 20; Professor Tom Nudds will talk about the status of the Endangered Species Act and threats to its implementation at our Annual General Meeting; for more information email saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • Wildflowers and Birds at Moss Lake, Saturday May 16 @ 10:00am; for more information email  saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.      
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Saving our Living Dinosaurs presentation by the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, Monday March 23 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
    • QFN Annual Fundraising Dinner-Reflections on a Career in "Nature Stuff", Monday April 27 at St. Mark's United Church in Belleville; Terry Sprague will share stories about his 40-year career as a naturalist; for more information or to buy tickets, call 613-477-3066.
  • Friends of Minesing Wetlands Event Listings
    • Spring Canoe Trips in the Minesing Wetlands, Saturday April 18 and Saturday May 9 @ 8:30am; meet at the Willow Creek Canoe Corral on George Johnson Road (County Road 28) in Springwater Township; for more information or to register contact Naomi Saunders at nsaunders@nvca.on.ca.
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Presentation on the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre by Dr. Sue Carstairs (Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre Executive and Medical Director), Friday March 20 @ 7:30pm at North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North in Barrie); for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • AGM, Silent Auction and Potluck Dinner, Friday April 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; at the North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.   
  • Nature Guelph Club Event Listings
    • Bird Wing Outing to Ruthven-Nanticoke, Wednesday March 25 @ 8:00am; meet at the Wild Birds Unlimited parking lot; for more information email staniforth.larry@rogers.com.
    • Bird Wing Indoor Meeting featuring Photographs of Local Birds with Heidi and Kelly, Monday March 30 @ 7:30pm at the Ellington Residences (168 Metcalfe Street) in Guelph; for more information contact Bruce Weaver at 519-824-9052 or b.weaver@rogers.com.
    • The Role of the Modern Zoo in Conservation with Dr. Kevin Kerr (Curator of Birds & Invertebrates, Toronto Zoo), Thursday April 9 @ 7:30pm at the University of Guelph arboretum; for more information  visit http://natureguelph.ca.
    • Wildflower Society Meetings featuring Plants for Pollinators and Pollinators for Plants with master gardener, Julia Kron, Wednesday April 15 @ 7:30pm at Evergreen Seniors Centre; for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca.
    • Bird Wing Outing to Long Point, Wednesday April 15 @ 7:00am; meet at the Wild Birds Unlimited parking lot; for more information email staniforth.larry@rogers.com.       
    • Tracking Club Outing at the Guelph Arboretum, Sunday April 19 @ 1:00pm, meet at the main arboretum parking lot; for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca.
    • Social Hike Along the Speed River, Sunday April 19 @ 3:00pm; meet in the parking area adjacent to Goldie Mill Park (next to the Guelph Youth Music Centre on Cardigan Street); for more information visit http://natureguelph.ca
    • Bird Wing Outing to Long Point, Saturday April 25 @ 6:00am;  meet at the Wild Birds Unlimited parking lot; for more information email staniforth.larry@rogers.com.
    • Bird Wing Outing to Hullett/Mitchell, Wednesday April 29 @ 6:00am, meet at the Wild Birds Unlimited parking lot; for more information email staniforth.larry@rogers.com.
  • Carolinian Canada Coalition Event Listings
    • EcoTrails and Powerful Interpretive Content: A Set of Two Writing Workshops, Friday May 22 and Wednesday June 3; harness your inner interpretive writer as you join Carolinian Canada and the Dorchester Mill Pond Stewards in a set of two sign development worshops and a tour of the Mill Pond EcoTrail; for more information visit https://caroliniancanada.ca/ecotrails-events.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Making the Case for Trails, Thursday March 26 @ 7:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Planting with Purpose: Nature's Rejuvenation in our Gardens, Sunday April 12 @ 1:00pm at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Basics of Sustainable Trail Building, Saturday April 18 @ 9:00am at Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Celebrate Earth Day: a rare Cleanup, Wednesday April 22 @ 6:00pm at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Earth Day Road Toll, Wednesday April 22 @ 7:30am or 3:00pm at Lamb's Inn parking lot (1679 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
    • Spring Awakening: Streams and Flowers and Birds Arise! Sunday April 26 @ 1:00pm at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road in Cambridge); for more information or to register visit www.raresites.org.
  • Orillia Field Naturalists Event Listing
    • The Health of the Great Lakes with Liat Podolsky (Ecojustice), Wednesday April 1 @ 7:30pm at the Orillia Museum of Art and History (Peter Street South) in Orillia; for more information email orillianaturalists@gmail.com.
    • Sights and Sounds with Muriel Sinclair, April 2, April 6, April 9, April 13 and April 16 @ 6:30pm; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.
    • Chimney Swift Night with Leanore Wiancko and Day Price, Tuesday May 12 @ 8:00pm; meet in the Orillia Public Library parking lot; for more information contact Leanore Wiancko 705-326-5261. 
    • Spring Migrants on the Cowan Trail with Arni Stinnissen, Sunday May 24 @ 8:30am; meet at Zehrs to carpool to the trail and bring a lunch; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
  • Save Ostrander Point Event Listings
    • Evening for Terry Sprague-Celebrating 50 Years, Saturday April 18 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at the Wellington District Community Centre (111 Belleville Street) in Wellington; for more information contact Borys Holowacz at 613-394-6389.               
Upcoming Deadlines

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

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