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Speak Up for Ontario's Green Spaces 

The Ontario government is reviewing the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment plans and we want our concerns heard. The review notice is posted on the Environmental Registry (Registry #012-3256) and Ontario Nature is submitting comments. We invite you to sign on to our comments and/or submit comments of your own. The deadline for submission is May 28, 2015. Contact Josh Wise at joshuaw@ontarionature.org to learn more, or to add your signature to Ontario Nature's comments.  
 

 




Slow and Steady Wins the Appeal 

Congratulations to the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists on their momentous win against the Ostrander Point industrial wind project! The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court ruling regarding the Renewable Energy Approval of the 9 turbine wind farm. The decision reinstates the finding that serious and irreversible harm to Blanding's turtles will result if the project goes ahead as approved. To learn more about this important victory, contact Myrna Wood at 613-476-1506 or myrna@kos.com.    
   
 



Blanding's Turtle, Photo Courtesy of Ron Erwin
Learn How You Can Be a Friend to Pollinators

Our Youth Council's campaign to protect Ontario's pollinators is going full steam ahead with the production of a second video. In this latest video, you'll join Council member Sally as she explores how people of all ages can help pollinators by planting native species, creating pollinator nesting habitat, participating in citizen science and advocating for policy change. This video was made possible through the generous support of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Bentall Kennedy, the Toronto Field Naturalists and the Gosling Foundation.  
 

 


Bombus Sylvicola, Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol
2015 Great Canadian BioBlitz 

Mark your calendar and plan to join the 2015 Great Canadian BioBlitz, hosted by the Kingston Field Naturalists! Now in its 17th year, this annual bioblitz is scheduled for June 12 & 13 at Wintergreen Studios near Kingston. Wintergreen Studios is a 204-acre property that features a variety of habitats, including forest, cliff, pond, stream, bog and a butterfly garden. To learn more visit www.kingstonfieldnaturalists.org or call Anne at 613-389-6742.         

 


What's a Gardener to Do About Neonics?

With spring upon us and the gardening season in full swing, many concerned horticulturalists are looking for neonicotinoid-free plants for their gardens. But where do you go to find truly "bee-friendly" varieties? Colleen Cirillo answers that question in her blog about how pollinator conscious gardeners can avoid neonicotinoid pesticides. Visit Ontario Nature's blog to read Colleen's helpful tips for creating a neonicotinoid-free oasis.
 

 

Virescent Metallic Green Bee,
Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol

Kinghurst Forest Survey Kicks Off Ontario BioBlitz

The 2015 Ontario BioBlitz kicked off on May 9 with a survey of the Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve. Members of the Saugeen Field Naturalists, the Owen Sound Field Naturalists and the Huron Stewardship Council joined Ontario Nature staff to identify the myriad plants and animals that live on this unique property. We're currently tallying our observations, so stay tuned for results in the coming weeks. A big "thank you" to everyone who helped make this event a resounding success!    
  

 
 
Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve, Photo Courtesy of  Mark Carabetta


Events

  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Aboriginal Ecology and Subsistence in Niagara by Martin Cooper, Wednesday May 20; meet at Niagara Falls Public Library (4848 Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls); for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
    • Evening Walk to Fireman's Park, Wednesday May 27 @ 7:00pm; meet in the parking lot north of the tracks at the end of Dorchester Road; for more information contact Joyce Sankey at 905-329-9672.
  • Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Whither the Whip-poor-will by alex Mills (York University), Thursday May 21 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland; for more information contact Susan & Ken MacDonald at susan.ken.macdonald@gmail.com
    • Big Pull - Garlic Mustard Control at Tiny Marsh, May 30 & 31 and June 6 & 7 @ 9:00am at Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area; park at the Nature Centre and follow the signs; for more information contact Kate Harries at kateharries41@gmail.com
    • Turtle Nest Protection, throughout the month of June; for more information or to join the turtle team contact Kate Harries at kateharries41@gmail.com.
    • Potluck, Members Night and AGM, Thursday June 18 @ 5:30pm at Tiny Marsh Nature Centre.
    • Tiny Marsh BioBlitz, Saturday June 27 from 6:00am to midnight at Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area; for more information contact Kate Harries at kateharries41@gmail.com or visit www.mtmconservation.org.    
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Club meeting featuring a talk on soil by Paul Harpley, Tuesday June 9 @ 7:30pm at the York Region Police Building Meeting Room (Baseline Road between McCowan and Civic Centre Road) in Georgina; for more information contact Paul Harpley at paul@harpley.ca
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Spring Migration at Tiny Marsh, Saturday May 16 @ 7:00am; meet at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling;  for more information visit www.bfnclub.org
    • Walk Along the Bluebird Trail, Wednesday May 20 @ 6:30pm; meet at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org
    • Walk in Copeland Forest, Saturday May 23 @ 8:30am; meet at Little Lake parking lot for carpooling; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.
    • Chimney Swift Survey with Inga Brinckmann, Thursday May 28 @ 8:15pm; meet in the parking lot on Mulcaster Street, south of Collier Street; for more information visit www.bfnclub.org.      
  • 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.
  • Orillia Field Naturalists Event Listing
    • 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.
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Warbler Walk on Erie Beach, Saturday May 16 @ 8:00am; meet at Waverly Beach at the end of Helena Street; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
    • Nature's Wonderland Safaris in Kenya presentation by Joseph Mwangi and Marcie Jacklin, Thursday May 21 @ 7:00pm; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Birding at Long Point, Saturday May 16 @ 7:30am; meet at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Fonthill and bring a lunch; for more information contact Barb West at 905-935-5339.
    • Outing to Rock Point Provincial Park, Saturday May 30 @ 8:30am; meet at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Fonthill and bring a lunch; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
  • Nature's Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Hike in Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Saturday June 6 from 9:00am to 11:00am; meet at the parking area at the Big Creek NWA headquarters on The Causeway; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
    • Rooted in Nature Outdoor Family Festival, August 14-16 at Backus Heritage Conservation Area (1267 2nd Concession Road) in Port Rowan; for more information visit www.naturefest.ca
  • North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Saturday May 16 & Sunday May 17 from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Artisans at Work (2071 Danforth Avenue) in Toronto; for more information visit www.nanps.org.
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Sunday May 24 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Christie Pits (750 Bloor Street West) in Toronto; for more information visit www.nanps.org.
  • Bird Studies Canada Event Listings
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Forestry Capital Trail, Saturday May 30 @ 10:00am; meet in front of the St. Williams Forestry Interpretive Centre; for more information contact Cynthia Brink at 226-567-0467.
  • Nipissing Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Bird Outings in Laurier Woods Conservation Area with Dick Tafel, May 16 & 23 @ 9:00am; meet at the Brule Street parking lot in North Bay; for more information contact nipnats@gmail.com.
    • Glaciation with Dr. Eric Mattson, Saturday June 6 @ 10:00am; for more information contact nipnats@gmail.com.                            
Upcoming Deadlines

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

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

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