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Registration Now Open for Greenway Planning & Biodiversity Offsetting Webinar 

Registration is now open for our free webinar on greenway planning and biodiversity offsetting scheduled for November 26 at 10:00am. During this session, you will learn about the value of greenways and natural heritage systems, some innovative municipal approaches to greenway protection, the opportunities and risks of biodiversity offsetting and new tools from Ontario Nature to promote strong greenway planning. Space is limited, so sign up early! For more information or to register online, click here or contact Sarah Hedges at  


London Tree Canopy, Photo Courtesy of Peter Harding
Art Meets Science and Advocay on the Energy East Pipeline

On October 28, Ontario Nature's Boreal Office hosted "Fragile Watersheds" featuring a presentation by artist Aleta Karstad and Dr. Fred Schueler on the environmental risks of the proposed Energy East Pipeline project. In Ontario, this project involves the conversion of nearly 2,000 km of pipeline to carry diluted bitumen, and the construction of 104 km of new pipeline and 30 pumping stations. if you're concerned about what this means for Ontario's nature, click here to sign our petition opposing the project, or contact Julee Boan at 

 Fragile Watersheds, Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature
Call for All Reptile and Amphibian Data

If you have any reptile and amphibian records you haven't yet submitted to the Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas, we'd love to know about them. We're looking for information on all herptile species whether common or rare, and photos are always welcome. To ensure we don't duplicate existing records, please let us know if you've also submitted your finds to other programs. You can submit your observations to the Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas here, or by emailing us at

Leopard Frog, Photo Courtesy of Jessica Middleton
2015 Christmas Bird Counts

Every winter, Nature Network groups organize Christmas Bird Counts across Ontario to celebrate the holidays. These events bring citizen scientists together to count as many different species, and individuals of those species, as possible in one day. The data they collect help conservation professionals study the long-term population numbers and ranges of North America's birds. If your group is organizing a public Christmas Bird Count that you'd like us to help promote, contact Noah Cole at or 1-800-440-2366 ext 265.    

Barred Owl, Photo Courtesy of Brereton Field Naturalists
Huronia Groups Oppose Strawberry Island Development

Strawberry Island in Lake Simcoe is under threat of development and local groups want your help to stop it. Trans America Investments Ltd is asking Ramara Township Council to rezone the 10-hectare island so they can build 120 condominium units. If approved, the development would involve the removal of 5 hectares of forest and 2 wetlands, the construction of a sewage plant and increased phosphorous loading in Lake Simcoe. The Carden Field Naturalists sent a letter to the Council asking them to keep the island's current "rural" designation which would prohibit the development. You can help by signing the group's petition at (search on Strawberry Island, Lake Simcoe).


Lake Simcoe Wetland, Photo Courtesy of Lake Simcoe Living

Ontario Land Trust Alliance to Hold Regional Species at Risk Workshops

Do you know which species at risk live on your property? Would you like to learn how to protect them? The Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) is hosting two workshops to help local land trusts identify and protect the species found on their properties. The first workshop will be held at rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge on November 20. The second will take place on December 2 at Alderville Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre near Cobourg. For more information, contact Alison Howson at or 416-588-6582.   


Confluence of Speed & Grand Rivers, Photo Courtesy of T. Beaubien


  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Niagara Rocks with Ashley Pollock (Niagara Peninsula Geological Society), Monday November 17 @ 7:00pm; discover the variety of geological specimens that can be found on the Niagara Peninsula.  
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Walk Along Lake Ontario's North Shore, Sunday November 16 @ 9:00am; Bring a lunch and meet at the Tim Horton's at Prudhomme's Landing; for more information, contact Gisele Mills at 905-892-3973.
    •  Book Sale and Talk on Evolution by Miriam Richards, Wednesday November 19 @ 7:00pm. 
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Talk on Marker Trees by Paul O'Hara, Monday November 24 @ 7:30pm.
    • Tour of Niagara Falls Water Treatment Plant, Sunday November 30 @ 10:00am. 
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings 
    • Savour the Season Cooking Class with Moe Vidotto, Friday November 21 @ 6:00pm; meet at the Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125. Cost $65/person.
    • Owl Prowl 2 with Jason Bracey, Thursday November 27 @ 6:30pm; meet at the Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • An Illustrated Account Through Time: Observations from the Bruce and Grand Valley Trails, Thursday December 11 @ 6:30pm; meet at the Resource House, rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • North House Christmas Tour, Saturday December 13 @ 10:00am; meet at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information, visit or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.  
  • Saugeen Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Screech Owl Snowshoe Hike at the Murray Tract, Saturday January 31, 2015; meet at the Kinghurst Management Area parking lot; for more details and to register, email
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Close Encounters with Damsels & Darners with Robert Ferguson, Monday November 24 @ 7:00pm;  Meet at Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church in Belleville.
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • The Insect Life Cycle with James Kamstra, Friday November 21 @ 7:30pm; meet at North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information, visit
  • Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • When a Tree Falls in the Forest Does Anyone Hear? with Anita Payne, Thursday November 20 @ 7:30pm at the Social Hall of Almonte United Church (106 Elgin Street) in Almonte; for more information, contact Gretta Bradley at
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The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on December 15, 2014. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014.

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