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Thank You for Supporting Pollinator Health!

We'd like to thank all of our Nature Network friends for supporting our recent comments on the Ontario Pollinator Health Action Plan. The provincial government's draft Pollinator Health Action Plan is a key component of their Pollinator Health Strategy. Twenty-three Nature Network groups signed onto our comments and many of you also submitted comments of your own. Your ongoing support is invaluable and we thank you for it. Visit our pollinator webpage to learn more about what we're doing to protect Ontario's wild pollinators. In the meantime, you can read our full comments here

 



Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol
 
Show Your Love for Species at Risk 

Show your love for Ontario's endangered species by sending Premier Wynne an e-card asking the government of Ontario to better protect species at risk and to repeal the exemptions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In many instances, these exemptions give industries a free pass to kill endangered or threatened species and destroy their habitat, as long as this harm is minimized. On April 19, the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear our case challenging a lower court ruling that upheld the ESA exemptions. Stay tuned in the coming months to learn more about this landmark hearing and its outcome.
   
 



Piping Plover Chick
Photo Courtesy of Stephen Muskie
Last Call for 2015 Conservation Award Nominations

There's still time to submit your nominations for Ontario Nature's 2015 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. Just fill it out and submit it before the March 31st nomination deadline. All award recipients will be honoured at Ontario Nature's 85th Annual Gathering on June 4, 2016. If you have any questions about the nomination process or awards, please contact Lauren Wright.  
 



2014 Conservation Award Winners
Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole

Registration Open for 85th Annual Gathering 

Registration is now open for The Bruce Beckons: Ontario Nature's 85th Annual Gathering. Scheduled for June 3-5, 2016 at Evergreen Resort on the south Bruce Peninsula, the gathering will celebrate 85 incredible years of protecting wild species and wild spaces in Ontario. Join fellow nature lovers to explore local ecological treasures and a great diversity of habitats. Field trips will include excursions to Ontario Nature's Petrel Point, Bruce Alvar and Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserves. The deadline for registration is May 9, 2016 so don't delay. For more information contact Lauren Wright        

 

Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve
Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature
Conservation Banking Workshop, March 29

Ontario Nature and the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority are hosting a Conservation Banking Workshop on Tuesday March 29 at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. This informative session will explore the concept and working examples of conservation banking, and its associated risks and benefits. Conservation banking refers to the restoration and permanent protection of lands that serve to offset adverse impacts to species or habitats elsewhere through the use of conservation credits or a cash-in-lieu system. Space is limited and spots are filling fast, so register soon. For more information contact Joshua Wise.  

 



Photo Courtesy of Sharon Mollerus

Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve Just Got Bigger

We are very pleased to announce the addition of a 16.5 hectare parcel of land to our Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve in Grey County. The land was donated through the Ecological Gifts Program of Environment and Climate Change Canada. The Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve contains a remarkable, mature maple-beech forest that is a rare example of pre-settlement woodlands in southern Ontario. Many of the trees are 250-300 years old, and tower over 30 feet high. Visit our website to learn more about Kinghurst Forest and its natural treasures.  
  

 


Photo Courtesy of Mark Carabetta


Events

  • Carolinian Canada Coalition Event Listings
    •  Go Wild Grow Wild 2016 Expo, Saturday April 2 @ 10:00am at the Agriplex, Western Fair District in London; for more information visit GoWildGrowWild.ca
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Tundra Swans at Long Point, Sunday March 20 @ 8:30am; Bring your lunch and dress warmly; meet at the Fonthill Shoppers Drug Mart to carpool; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
    • Annual Dinner Meeting, Saturday April 9 @ 5:30pm; Jean Iron will speak on "Arctic Life of Iceland, Canada and Greenland"; for more information contact Carol Horvat at chorvat1@cogeco.ca or 905-687-8562 or Rick Young at rick.y@sympatico.ca or 905-734-6226.
    • Weekend Outing to Evergreen Resort, Friday June 10 to Sunday June 12; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.            
  • Kingston Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Catering to Birds in all Seasons with Sharon David, Thursday Feburary 18 @ 7:30pm; room 1102 in the Biosciences Complex at Queen's University (116 Barrie Street) in Kingston; for more information visit www.kingstonfieldnaturalists.org.
    • The MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System with Stuart Mackenzie, Thursday March 17 @ 7:30pm; Room 1102 in the Biosciences Complex at Queen's University (116 Barrie Street) in Kingston; for more information visit www.kingstonfieldnaturalists.org.      
  • Woodstock Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • The Bounty of Georgian Bay with Joe Stephenson, Monday March 7 @ 7:30pm at Huron Park Secondary School Library in Woodstock; for more information visit www.execulink.com/~wfnc/events.htm.
    • Tundra Swan Outing at Long Point, Saturday March 12; meet at the parking lot across from the Woodstock Public Library @ 9:00am and bring a lunch; for more information visit www.execulink.com/~wfnc/events.htm.
    • Birds and Bears with Terry Parker, Monday April 4 @ 7:30pm at Huron Park Secondary School Library in Woodstock; for more information visit www.execulink.com/~wfnc/events.htm        
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • American Kestrel, North America's Smallest Falcon, Monday March 28 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditoruim) in Belleville.
    • Annual Fundraising Dinner featuring "Birder Murder Mysteries" by Steve Burrows, Monday April 25 @ 6:00pm at St. Mark's United Church (237 Cannifton Road North) in Belleville; for more information or to purchase tickets contact Doug Newfield at 613-477-3066.
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Spring Waterfowl Migration, Saturday March 26 @ 9:30am; meet at the Tim Hortons in Southampton; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com.
    • MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System, Monday April 18 @ 8:00pm; for meeting location information visit www.saugeenfieldnaturalists.com.
    • Landscape Features (physiography) of Central Bruce County, Saturday April 23 @ 10:00am; meet at Big Bruce north of Chesley for carpooling; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com.
    • Spring Wildflowers at Kinghurst, Sunday May 15 @ 10:00am; meet at the east parking lot of the Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com.
    • Orchids on the Bruce, Saturday June 11 @ 8:30am; meet at the Zellers parking lot in Hanover for carpooling; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.com
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • How Bacteria Move with Dr. John Dutcher, Tuesday April 12 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
    • Rehabilitation of a Hairy Woodpecker, Tuesday May 10 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
  • Bert Miller Nature Club of Fort Erie Event Listing
    • Astronomy with Dr. Brian Pihack, Monday March 21 @ 7:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Area (255 Ott Road in Stevensville); for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
  • Orillia Naturalists' Club Event Listing
    • Biomimicry: Learning From Nature's Design with Richard Aaron, Wednesday April 6 @ 7:30pm at the Orillia Museum of Art and History (Peter Street South) in Orillia; for more information contact Nancy Ironside at 705-326-4384.
    • Sights and Sounds of Spring with Muriel Sinclair, Thursday April 7 @ 6:30pm; meet behind Zehr's and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.
    • Sights and Sounds of Spring with Muriel Sinclair, Monday April 11 @ 6:30pm; meet behind Zehr's and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.
    • Sights and Sounds of Spring with Muriel Sinclair, Thursday April 21 @ 6:30pm; meet behind Zehr's and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.
    • Sights and Sounds of Spring with Muriel Sinclair, Monday April 25 @ 6:30pm; meet behind Zehr's and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.  
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • March Break Family Fun - Kids' St. Patrick's Day Party, Thursday March 17 @12:00pm at North House (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org.
    • Owl Prowl 2, Wednesday March 23 @ 7:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org.
    • Knitting in Nature Night, Wednesday April 20 @ 5:30pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org.
    • Earth Day Road Toll, Friday April 22 @ 7:30am at Lamb's Inn Parking Lot (1679 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org
    • Earth Day Cleanup, Friday April 22 @ 6:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org.
    • Birdhouse Building Workshop, Saturday April 30 @ 1:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org.
    • Boots & Bolo Barn Dance, Friday May 27; for more information contact Cheyanne Richardson at 519-650-9336 x 126 or cheyanne.richardson@raresites.org.     
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Harmony Residents Group with Finn Madsen, Monday March 28 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines); for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • Hamilton Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Good Friday Open House, Friday March 25 @ 10:00am at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby; for more information visit www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org.
    • Monthly meeting featuring "Save the Salamanders" by Matt Ellerbeck, Monday April 11 @ 7:30pm at the Royal Botanical Gardens HQ (Plains Road West) in Burlington; for more information visit www.hamiltonnature.org.
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust Event Listings
  • North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Annual Spring Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 7 @ 10:00am at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard) in Markham; visit www.nanps.org for more information and advance orders.
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 14 @ 11:00am at Artisans at Work (2071 Danforth Avenue) in Toronto; visit www.nanps.org for more information.
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Sunday May 29 @ 12:00pm at Christie Pitts (750 Bloor Street West) in Toronto; visit www.nanps.org for more information.
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Caribou Compensation in Ontario, Tuesday April 12 @ 7:30pm at the York Region Police Building Meeting Room (Baseline Road between McCowan and Civic Centre Road) in Georgina; for more information phone 905-722-8021.
    • Club member research and presentation on insects, Tuesday May 3 @ 7:30pm at the York Region Police Building Meeting Room (Baseline Road between McCowan and Civic Centre Road) in Georgina; for more information phone 905-722-8021.                                                        
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on April 15, 2016. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2016.

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

Please note that events can be listed up to two months in advance allowing others to put it on their calendar well in advance.

Ontario Nature publishes the Ontario Nature Network News every month with contributions from its member groups and staff.

Ontario Nature grants permission for use of the information below in member group newsletters. 

Please credit either Ontario Nature or the member group.

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