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Wye Marsh Chosen as One of Canada's Greatest Hikes

One of Ontario’s best kept secrets might not be a secret much longer.  Wye Marsh, located near Midland, was chosen by Canadian Wildlife magazine as one of Canada's greatest wildlife hikes.  The Friends of Wye Marsh are honored to have their park represent Ontario among the 18 hikes across Canada.  Wye Marsh is one of Ontario's largest intact wetlands and gives visitors great opportunities to see a variety of native wildlife species, from the magnificent trumpeter swans to river otters and painted turtles.  To learn more about this inspiring natural area, visit  


Trumpeter Swans, Photo Courtesy of Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning

Ontario Nature’s Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning is now available for download at While provincial regulation promotes the planning of natural heritage systems – and even mandates it in areas like the Greenbelt – many municipalities are failing to do so. In these jurisdictions, natural areas are fragmented to the detriment of biodiversity. Ontario Nature’s new guide is designed to remedy this situation by identifying the best planning examples and providing insightful analysis from which other municipalities can learn. For more information about the guide, contact Josh Wise at

Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature

Still Time to Register for Loon Calls on the Lake 

Don’t miss your chance to explore the beautiful shores of Lake Couchiching at Ontario Nature's 83rd Annual Gathering on June 20-22. Participate in hands-on workshops like nature photography and head out on guided field trips such as birding at Carden’s Windmill Ranch. Registration closes on May 30th. Can’t stay the whole weekend? Check out one day registration options. Do you know someone who would enjoy getting to know Ontario Nature? Register together and your ‘buddy’ will get our special membership offer of $30 instead of $50, and you will be entered into a nature prize draw! Sign up today at

Common Loon, Photo Courtesy of Robert McCaw

2014 Ontario BioBlitz

Celebrate International Biodiversity Day by joining the 2014 Ontario Bioblitz! The goal of this extraordinary event is to document all life across the province while educating Ontarians about the importance of our biological diversity. Working alongside scientists, field naturalists and other members of the public, you will identify and record all animal and plant species you find over a 24-hour period. This year, the Ontario BioBlitz will host events in Toronto, the Ottawa River Valley, Elgin County, Huron County and Windsor. For more information or to register for a bioblitz near you, visit


Photo Courtesy of Noah Cole 

Kingston Field Naturalists' 16th BioBlitz, June 13-14

June 13-14 marks the Kingston Field Naturalists’ 16th annual BioBlitz. Open to all interested members of the public, this free event will focus on documenting the plants and animals found at Big Sandy Bay on Wolfe Island. Natural history specialists, amateurs and members of the public will identify and record as many plant and animal species as possible over the 24-hour period.  The event will also include interpretive walks and information about some of the species participants might find.  For more information about the BioBlitz, visit  


Photo Courtesy of TroutScout 

Carden Nature Festival, June 7 & 8

The Carden Nature Festival is your backstage pass to one of Ontario’s natural wonders. Happening June 7-8, 2014 at the Carden Recreation Centre in Lake Dalrymple, this is a great chance to explore nature with local experts. There is a lot to do and see at the Festival! The weekend offers birding, botanizing, paddling, hiking and cycling activities, all led by our group of enthusiastic, experienced experts. There will also be a keynote speech by David Phillips, Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada. To learn more about the festival, visit  



  • Couchiching Conservancy Event ListingsBrereton Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings 
    • The Carden Challenge, May 30 & 31; The goal of the Carden Challenge is to raise funds to support the stewardship of Carden's alvar and bird habitats by counting as many wildlife species as possible during a 24-hour period. To learn more, visit
    • Bluebirds Field Trip, Wednesday May 21 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit
    • Kolopore Highlands Field Trip, Saturday May 24 from 7:30am to 3:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit
    • Barrie's Ardagh Bluffs Field Trip, Sunday May 25 from 8:30am to 1:00pm; departs from Little Lake parking lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie. For more information, visit
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Regular Club Meeting & Plant Sale, Wednesday May 21 @ 7:00pm; Niagara Falls Public Library (4848 Victoria Avenue) in Niagara Falls.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Excursion to Rock Point Provincial Park, Saturday May 31 @ 8:30am; meet at Shopper's Drug Mart in Fonthill to carpool and bring a lunch. For more information, contact Rick Young 905-734-6226.
  •  Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listingsrare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Regular Club Meeting Featuring a Talk by Erika Zulawski (MNR Biologist), Thursday May 22 @ 7:00pm.
    • Birding with Rob Milne, Sunday June 8 @ 8:00am; meet at the rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge. For more information, visit
    • Movie night at rare, TINY: A Story About Living Small; Thursday June 12 @ 7:00pm; Springbank Farm (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge. For more information, visit
    • The Secret Life of a Herper: Searching for Scales & Slime with Kyle Horner, Sunday June 22 @ 1:00pm; meet at the rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge. For more information, visit  
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on June 15, 2014. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2014.

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