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Calling All Nature Photographers!

Share a photo that you feel reveals the wonder of nature in Ontario for a chance to qualify for the feature photo spot in the summer issue of ON Nature magazine! The submission deadline is Friday March 24 and we ask that you limit your submissions to 2 photos.  All entries received by the deadline will be narrowed down to our top five by ON Nature’s editorial team. The winner will be announced via email to our Ontario Nature e-news community.

 



 
Become an Atlas Area Coordinator 

We would like to expand the reach of the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, and are looking for new volunteer Atlas Area Coordinators (AACs). Working with Ontario Nature staff and partners, the AAC’s role is to support data collection efforts within a designated area and assist with promoting the atlas. The boundaries of the regions that each individual is assigned, as well as the specific duties and responsibilities, are flexible. Find out more about how to become an AAC here.
   
 


American Bullfrog
Photo Courtesy of Peter Ferguson
Be a Nature Hero Today 

Join your fellow nature heroes from your community and across Ontario, and renew your Ontario Nature membership today! Your membership support is crucial to the success of our work to protect wild species and wild spaces in every corner of the province. If you’re not a member and would like to support nature in a new way this year, please join us today and you can be a nature hero in 2017Thank you! 
 
 
 

Last Call for 2016 Conservation Awards Nominations 

There's still time to submit your nominations for Ontario Nature's 2016 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 here. Just fill it out and submit it before the March 27 deadline. All award recipients will be honoured at Ontario Nature's Annual Gathering on June 3, 2017. If you have any questions about the nomination process or awards, please contact Jaklynn Nimec.
    

 

 


2015 Conservation Award Winners
Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole

Six New Groups Join the Nature Network 

On February 25, we welcomed a record six new groups to the Nature Network. The Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group, Land Over Landings, the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association, Great Lakes Wildlife Research, Liberty Allotment Garden and the Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council bring many years of conservation commitment and success to the network and we look forward to working with them to protect Ontario’s wildlife and habitats. Please contact Lisa Richardson to learn more about the Nature Network and how your group can become a member.   

 


Northern Regional Group Members
Photo Courtesy of Michael Wynia

Growth Plan Loopholes Allow Sprawl in Rural Communities

A new Neptis Foundation report raises the alarm that major loopholes in the Government of Ontario’s proposed Growth Plan would make rural communities a focus of growth, wreaking havoc on the water, nature and communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. These changes would allow decades-old style of sprawl in over 400 rural towns, villages and hamlets – including many within the protected Greenbelt. Around 31,200 hectares of farmland, natural habitat and rural areas would come under threat from low-density, car-dependent development.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of  Bill Lishman


Events 

  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    •  MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System with Stuart Mackenzie (Bird Studies Canada); Monday March 27 @ 7:00pm at the Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Tundra Swans at Longpoint, Sunday March 19@ 8:30am;meet at the Fonthill Shoppers Drug Mart; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
    • Annual Dinner Meeting Featuring Confessions of an Obsessed Bird Photographer by Peter Ferguson, Saturday April 8 @ 5:00pm at Betty's Restaurant in Chippawa; tickets will be sold at the February and March meetings; for more information or to reserve tickets contact Carol Horvat at chorvat1@cogeco.ca or 905-687-6562.
  • Orillia Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Bruce Peninsula National Park with Tricia Stinnissen, Wednesday March 22 @ 7:30pm at Orillia Museum of Art and History.
    • Golden-winged Warbler Research with Emily Rondel, Wednesday April 5 @ 7:30pm at Orillia Museum of Art and History; for more information contact Sue Deadman at 705-835-5355.
    • Sights and Sounds Field Trip with Muriel Sinclair, Tuesday April 4, Tuesday April 11, Tuesday April 18 and Thursday April 20; meet behind the Zehrs at 6:30pm and bring a flashlight; for more information contact Muriel Sinclair at 705-325-7359.       
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Presentation about Ontario Nature with Rick Young, Monday March 27 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.         
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Spring Shore Birds and Ducks on the Grimston Flats, Saturday April 22 @ 9:30am; meet at the Scone school house to carpool; for more information or to register contact Angus Inksetter at 519-364-3331 or Jerry Asling at 519-364-2608.
    • Mother's Day Wildflower Walk in Kinghurst Nature Reserve, Sunday May 14 @ 10:00am; meet at the east parking lot of Kinghurst Nature Reserve; for more information and to register contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • Spring Birds in the Walkerton Area, Saturday May 20 @ 8:30am; meet at the Giant Tiger parking lot in Hanover to carpool; for more information and to register contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • Explore Camp Oliver Forest, Saturday June 3;  for more information and to register contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • 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 saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • Sharing Nature with Children and Youth with Dan Schneider, Monday June 19; for more information visit www.saugeenfieldnaturalists.com.         
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Saving Bees and What it Means for Natural Communities, Friday March 17 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie.
    • Spring Birds in the Minesing Floodlands, Saturday April 1 @ 8:45am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Chris Evans at 705-722-1136.
    • American Woodcocks, Wednesday April 12 @ 7:30pm; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Ian Cook at 705-727-4004.
    • Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner, Friday April 15 @ 6:00pm at Northwest Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Christine Beggs at 705-721-6842.
    • North Simcoe Rail Trail Cleanup, Saturday April 22 @ 10:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Chris Evans at 705-722-1136.
    • Tour of The Gables, Wednesday May 3 @ 6:00pm; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Phyllis Tremblay at 705-737-2580.
    • Tour of the Little Lake Area, Thursday May 11 @ 8:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Phyllis Tremblay at 705-737-2580.
    • Spring Migration at Tiny Marsh, Saturday May 13 at 7:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Don Scanlan at 705-726-6591.
    • Birding in Barrie, Saturday May 27 @ 7:00am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Alex Mills at 705-739-1094.
    • Oro-Medonte Rail Trail Flora and Fauna, Saturday June 3 @ 8:30am; meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Lynn Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
    • Birding at Carden Alvar, Saturday June 10 @ 7:30am;  meet at the Little Lake Park Parking Lot; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4591.       
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Through the Lens: Why Nature Photography? with Kyle Horner, Monday March 20 @ 7:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Club (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
    • Winter Tree Identification, Saturday March 25 @ 10:30am; meet at the Stevensville Conservation Area at 9:30am to carpool; for more information contact Paul Philp at 905-894-2723.
  • Upper Credit Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
  • Norfolk Field Naturalist Event Listings
    • Presentation on Bonnieheath Farm and ALUS, Tuesday April 11 @ 7:30pm at Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe; for more information contact Len at 519-428-6796.
    • Early Spring Hike at St. Williams Conservation Reserve's Turkey Point Ravines, Saturday April 22 @ 9:30am meet on Turkey Point Road hill south of Front Road; for more information contact Audrey at 519-586-9464.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Bats! The Real Stars of the Night with Toby Thorne (Toronto Zoo), Tuesday April 11 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
    • Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation: Protecting and Preserving Mother Earth for Future Generations with Kerry-Ann Charles, Tuesday May 9 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
  • High Park Stewards Event Listings
    • Native Plants in your Garden with Lorraine Johnson, Sunday March 26 @ 10:30am at Howard Park Tennis Club (430 Parkside Drive) in Toronto; for more information visit www.highparknature.org.
    • Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Sunday April 23 @ 10:30am at Howard Park Tennis Club (430 Parkside Drive) in Toronto; for more information visit www.highparknature.org.
  • Midland-Penetang Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • What Lives in a Costa Rican Rainforest with Rev. Don Downer, Thursday March 16 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at 705-331-5263 or susan.ken.macdonald@gmail.com.
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Event Listings
  • Friends of Second Marsh Event Listings
    • Feathered Friends Festival, Saturday June 3 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Second Marsh Wildlife Area in Oshawa; for more information contact Wioletta Walancik at wwalancik@secondmarsh.ca.                                                                                
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on April 15, 2017. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017.

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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