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A Disappointing End for the ESA Court Action

On May 4, the Supreme Court denied our leave application for the Endangered Species Act case. With your support, we pursued every legal avenue, but sadly, we are at the end of the line with the courts. Now, it is time to pursue other options. Thank you for supporting us throughout this difficult fight and stay tuned for the launch of our protected areas campaign later this year.   


Photo Courtesy of John Pitcher
Help Us Learn About Ontario's Foxsnakes and Ratsnakes 

Ontario Nature is partnering with Natural Resource Solutions Inc. to update our knowledge of eastern foxsnakes and gray ratsnakes in Halimand and Norfolk Counties. We are looking for historic observations [not previously reported to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (ORAA)] and recent sightings of eastern foxsnakes and gray ratsnakes within these counties. Please share your knowledge so we can improve ours. Submit your sightings through the ORAA app, our website, or to Amy Whitear. 

Photo Courtesy of Joe Crowley
Youth Council Springs into Action with Our Special Spaces 

Join Ontario Nature’s Youth Council for the 2017 Our Special Spaces events! This spring, you can help create habitat for wild pollinators through a series of plantings in your community. Last year, hundreds of volunteers planted nearly 2,000 native wildflowers, shrubs and trees to help create healthy homes for pollinators. Don’t forget to check back for more plantings as they’re added!  

 Photo Courtesy of Jayden Rae

On Nature Article Shortlisted for National Magazine Award 

Our congratulations to Ray Ford whose feature article, The Cutting Edge, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Awards. The article, which appears in the spring 2016 issue of ON Nature, is focused on ways that farmers are helping to protect grassland birds. It was nominated in the Short Feature Writing category of the National Magazine Awards. Well done, Ray!



Walking Together for a Better World  

Dozens of not-for-profit groups and their supporters joined Ontario Nature on April 29 to walk together for a better world. The walk took place at Hillcrest Park in Thunder Bay, and was a part of the worldwide People's Climate Mobilization. The Thunder Bay walk organizers - including Ontario Nature, Environment North, the Council of Canadians and CUSP - wanted to bring people together to to focus on their concern for each other and their love of the natural world. Contact Julee Boan to learn more.


Photo Courtesy of Helle Moeller   
Step into Nature with the Healthy Hikes Program

Conservation Ontario is pleased to announce their 2017 Healthy Hikes program, which will run from May 2 to October 31. Healthy Hikes is an annual health and wellness initiative that encourages Ontarians to boost their health by stepping into nature at any of the province's nearly 300 conservation areas. Visit the Healthy Hikes Web Map to find a conservation area near you.


Photo Courtesy of Conservation Ontario 


  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Costa Rica: Geography of its Diverse Rainforest and Upland and Lowland Landscapes with Norma Knowlton, Tuesday June 13 @ 7:30pm at the York Region Police Building Meeting Room (3527 Baseline Road) in Georgina; for more information contact Paul Harpley at
  • Prince Edward County Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Spring Birding Festival Hikes, May 13, 14, 20, 21 & 22 at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory; for more information visit
    • Birdathoning in the County with David Okines, Tuesday May 30 @ 7:00pm at Bloomfield Town Hall (289 Main Street) in Bloomfield; for more information visit
    • 2017 BioBlitz at Miller Family Nature Reserve, June 10 & 11, noon to noon; for more information visit
  • Kingston Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • 2017 BioBlitz in Partnership with Thousand Islands National Park, Friday June 16 @ 3:00pm to Saturday June 17 @ 3:00pm at London Bay; for more information contact Anne Robertson at 613-389-6742, or Janis Grant at 613-540-1167,
  • Orillia Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Chimney Swift Night with Leanore Wiancko and Kay Price, Tuesday May 24 @ 8:00pm; for more information contact Leanore Wiancko 705-326-5261.
    • Spring Trip to Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Tuesday June 6 or Saturday June 10 @ 10:30am; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.       
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • 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
    • Explore Camp Oliver Forest, Saturday June 3;  for more information and to register contact
    • 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
    • Sharing Nature with Children and Youth with Dan Schneider, Monday June 19; for more information visit         
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • 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.
  • Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • BioBlitz at the Mills Block Forest Conservation Area, May 26 &27; for more information visit the BioBlitz Canada website.
    • Sleeping Giant BioBlitz, June 17 & 18; for more information contact Leslie NG at
  • Norfolk Field Naturalist Event Listings
    • Spring Migrants in Backus Woods, Saturday May 20 @ 7:30am; meet at the parking lot on Concession Road 3; for more information contact Bernie at 519-428-0706.
    • Field Trip to Skunk's Misery (Middlesex) and Meadow Woods (Elgin), Saturday June 10; for more information contact Bernie at 519-428-0706. 
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Annual June Hike, Tuesday June 13 @ 6:30pm at Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve; meet at the house near the entrance off Bathurst Street, north of Green Lane in Newmarket; for more information visit
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Birding at Malcolmson Eco-Park, Tuesday May 16 @ 8:30am; meet in the parking lot off Lakeshore and Niagara Streets; for more information contact Barb West at 905-935-5339.
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Lower Caves Springs, Wednesday May 17 @ 7:00pm; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.
    • Outing to Fireman's Park, Wednesday May 24 @ 7:00pm; meet in the parking lot at the north end of Dorechester Road; for more information contact Joyce Sankey at 905-329-9672.
    • Outing to Harold Mitchell Nature Reserve, Saturday May 27 @ 9:00am; bring a lunch and meet at Fonthill Shoppers Drug Mart; for more information contact Janet Damude at 892-2158.
    • Outing to Malcolmson Eco-Park, Wednesday May 31 @ 7:00pm; meet at the north end of Niagara Street at Lakeshore in St. Catharines; for more information contact Kiera Newman at 289-897-9409.
  • 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
  • MTM Conservation Association Event Listings
    • Tiny Marsh Garlic Mustard Pull, Saturday May 27 & Sunday May 28 @ 9:00am; for more information contact Anne McArthur at
    • Tiny Marsh BioBlitz, Saturday June 24; for more information visit or call 705-527-0568.                                                                                  
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