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Planning for Livable Landscapes

The Ontario government released its draft amendments to the plans that protect the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment, and guide growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. These amendments are a promising move towards building ecological resiliency and healthy communities in an area under tremendous pressure from urban development. Today's announcement marks the start of the final chance for public input into the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review, and is an opportunity for the province to take bold action in the face of increasing pressure from urbanization. 


Photo Courtesy of Tim Hagen
Endangered Species Act Lawsuit Appeal Update 

On April 19, the Ontario Court of Appeal heard our appeal to overturn a provincial regulation that exempts major industries from Endangered Species Act legal requirements to protect Ontario's most vulnerable plants and animals. Our pro bono lawyers, Lara Tessaro and Anastasia Lintner, made compelling arguments and we're hopeful the judges will rule in our favour. As we await the Court's decision, we'd like to thank you for your continued support, particularly everyone who sent the government an e-card encouraging them to repeal the exemptions. 

American Badger
Photo Courtesy of John Pitcher
Our Special Spaces Events Help Pollinators

2016 marks the sixth year of Our Special Spaces, a province-wide conservation-volunteering initiative hosted by Ontario Nature's Youth Council. This year's activities will address a very important topic: dwindling pollinator populations. Youth Council members are confronting the issue by creating pollinator habitats through planting events across the province. With generous help from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Chawker's Foundation and the Sitka Foundation, Youth Council members have organized 9 events throughout May and June. Register for one near you, today!

Photo Courtesy of Jaime Rae
Endangered Species Day at Kinghurst Nature Reserve 

Join us at the Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve on May 21 to celebrate Endangered Species Day! The day will feature fun for the whole family, including a guided walk through the reserve and native species planting activities. Hone your pollinator ID skills by monitoring butterfly and bee habitat at a restoration site, and help us look for salamanders under rocks, logs and strategically placed cover boards. No skills are necessary and all ages are welcome! Contact Erin Mallon for more information.          


Spotted Salamander
Photo Courtesy of Ian Choi
New Directory of Ontario Citizen Science 

Ontario Nature is happy to announce the launch of our new Directory of Ontario Citizen Science. The directory is a free online platform that connects volunteers with citizen science projects across Ontario. Prospective volunteers can search for activities based on criteria like topic, location and time commitment. We invite your group to post your citizen science activities on the directory, and let us know what you think. All feedback is welcome. Stay tuned for the official launch of the Directory of Ontario Citizen Science on May 30, 2016.    


Photo Courtesy of Leslie Bol

Save the Date for the 2016 Youth Summit

Ontario Nature's seventh annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership is scheduled for September 23-25 at YMCA Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching. The summit will feature interactive workshops and activities on topics including food security, endangered species, medicinal plants, sustainability and much more. It is a great opportunity for diverse young leaders to come together. For more information on how to sponsor a youth to attend contact Sarah Hedges. Registration opens this month. 



Photo Courtesy of Brendan Toews


  • Canadian Organization for Tropical Education & Rainforest Conservation Event Listings
    • Migratory Bird Panel, Thursday May 26 @ 7:00pm at the Toronto Zoo Administration Building Atrium (361A Old Finch Avenue) in Toronto; join us and the panel to generate awareness of the issues surrounding migratory birds; admission is $20/person; for more information contact or visit
  • Brereton Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Walk in Copeland Forest, Saturday May 21; depart 8:00am from LLPL; for more information contact David Lord at 705-835-6642. 
    • Chimney Swift Surveying, Wednesday May 25; meet at 8:15pm in the parking lot on Mulcaster Street south of Collier Street; for more information contact Inga Brinckmann at 705-727-9071.
    • Spring at Matchedash Bay, Saturday May 28; depart at 7:30am from LLPL; for more information contact Dave Lord at 705-835-6642.
    • Oro Rail Trail Flora and Fauna, Saturday June 4; depart at 8:30am from LLPL; for more information contact Brian and Lynne Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
    • Birding Carden Alvar, Saturday June 11; depart at 7:30am from LLPL; for more information contact Brian Gibbon at 705-721-4599 or Jim Spruce at 705-728-3884.  
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Lower Cave Springs, Wednesday May 18 @ 7:00pm; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
    • Outing to Firemen's Park, Wednesday May 25 @ 7:00pm; for more information contact Joyce Sankey at 905-329-9672.
    • 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
    • Public Walks at Lemoine Point Conservation Area, every Wednesday in May at 6:30am and 6:30pm; for more information visit
    • 2016 BioBlitz at Menzel Centennial Provincial Park, Friday June 17 to Saturday June 18; for more information contact Anne Robertson at 613-389-6742 or       
  • Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Spring in the Marsh with Tanya Pulfer, Thursday May 19 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at
    • The Big Pull Garlic Mustard Control at Tiny Marsh, Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 from 9:00am to noon; for more information contact Kate Harries at 705-322-2545.
    • Potluck and Members Night, Thursday June 16 @ 5:30pm at Tiny Marsh Visitors Centre; walk is at 5:30pm, dinner is at 6:15pm.
    • Bioblitz at Tiny Marsh, Saturday June 25 from 6:00am to 6:00pm; for more information visit or contact           
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Orchids on the Bruce, Saturday June 11 @ 8:30am; meet at the Zellers parking lot in Hanover for carpooling; for more information contact
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Annual June Hike, Tuesday June 14 @ 7:00pm; meet at the trailhead at Queen's Court, off Queensville Sideroad in Holland Landing; for more information contact 
  • Orillia Naturalists' Club Event Listing
    • Bird Migration Hike near Matchedash Bay on the Cowan Trail, Saturday May 21 @ 7:30am; meet at Zehrs to carpool and bring a lunch; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
    • Enjoy the World of Ferns with Pat Woodford, Saturday June 11; meet at Zehrs at 9:30am; for more information contact Pat Woodford at 705-835-0002.  
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Boots & Bolo Barn Dance, Friday May 27; for more information contact Cheyanne Richardson at 519-650-9336 x 126 or
    • Spring Kick-off Gardens Party, Wednesday June 1 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm; meet at Springbank Community Gardens (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Owl Prowl, Wednesday June 8 @ 8:00pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Wildflower Hike, Sunday June 12 @ 10:00am; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit       
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Outing to Rocky Point Provincial Park, Saturday May 28 @ 8:30am; meet at Shopper's Drug Mart in Fonthill to carpool and bring a lunch; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust Event Listings
  • North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Toronto Native Plant Sale, Sunday May 29 @ 12:00pm at Christie Pitts (750 Bloor Street West) in Toronto; visit for more information.
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Night Hike at Lake Erie Farms, Monday June 20 @ 8:30pm; contact mary or Peter at 519-586-3985 for more information.
    • Long Point Butterfly Count, Saturday July 2; contact Adam Timpf at 519-586-9964 or for more information. 
  • Natures Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Rooted in Nature Outdoor Family Festival, Sunday July 10 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Long Point Waterfowl's Research and Education Centre (546 Turkey Point Road) in Turkey Point, Norfolk County; for more information visit                                                       
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