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Giving Tuesday at Ontario Nature

November 29, 2016 is Giving Tuesday, a day for people to give to the causes and charities that mean the most to them. This year, Ontario Nature is participating with a campaign to help protect Ontario's wild pollinators. For every dollar you give up to $10,000, our proud sponsor, Ontario Power Generation, will match it. Double your impact for nature: Bee Wild this Giving Tuesday! 

 



Photo Courtesy of Sandy Gillians
 

An Online Guide to Cure Arachnophobia 

As the source of spooky superstitions and phobias, spiders are some of our most feared and least understood species. However, there's no need to be scared of our creepy crawly friends. In fact, Ontario Nature wants you to get to know them a bit better. Take a peek at our brand new online spider guide to learn about some of Ontario’s amazing arachnofauna! You can see our brand new Guide to Some of Ontario's Spiders by visiting the ON Nature magazine website.
   

 

Bold Jumper
Photo Courtesy of Dan Schneider
Nature Network 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. 
 
 

Photo Courtesy of  the Orillia Field Naturalists

Ottawa Stewardship Council Joins Nature Network 

Please join us in welcoming the Ottawa Stewardship Council to the Nature Network. They will be part of our Ontario East region. Their mission is to be a leading partner with individuals, organizations, businesses and communities throughout the Ottawa rural and urban areas to promote and maintain a healthy environment. We look forward to getting to know the Ottawa Stewardship Council and working with them to protect Ontario's eastern species and habitats.    
 
 
Photo Courtesy of the Ottawa Stewardship Council
Thank You for Your Support! 

We’d like to extend a warm “thank you” to all of our Nature Network friends for supporting our work on the coordinated review of the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment plans and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We collected more than 2,200 signatures for our petition urging the government to strengthen these important plans and 15 signatures for the comments we submitted. Please contact Joshua Wise, Greenway Program Manager, to learn more about our next steps    

 

Oak Ridges Moraine

Photo Courtesy of  Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust

Indigenous Perspectives on Biodiversity Offsetting

On October 17 & 18, 17 members of 11 First Nations and Indigenous communities attended a gathering on biodiversity offsetting at Camp Kawartha Environmental Centre in Peterborough. Hosted by Ontario Nature, the Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences program at Trent University, Walpole Island Land Trust and Plenty Canada, the gathering brought together members of Indigenous communities from across Ontario to share experiences and insights on biodiversity offsetting, and to discuss emerging policy and practice in light of Indigenous rights, responsibilities and interests. Contact Sarah Hedges to learn more

 


Lake Temagami
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Porter

  


Events

  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Saving Grassland Birds with Kurt Hennige (president, Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council), Monday November 28 @ 7:00pm at Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville. 
  • Nature London's Nature in the City Illustrated Talk Listings
    • Warning: Winter Bird Watching May Cause You to Embrace the Cold, Tuesday January 17 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers, Tuesday January 24 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Learning From the Past So We Don't Repeat It, Tuesday January 31 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Do Birds Have Posh or Cockney Accents? Tuesday February 7 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Save a Little Love for Wetlands! Tuesday February 14 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca.
    • Magical Meadowlily: A Four-Season Oasis, Tuesday February 21 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact info@naturelondon.ca
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Ducks Along Lake Ontario Outing, Saturday November 19 @ 9:00am; bring a lunch and meet at the Tim Horton's at Prudhomme's; for more information contact Gisele Mills at 905-892-3973.
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Ontario's Only Lizard with Josh Feltham, Monday November 21 @ 7:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Area (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.       
  • Friends of Minesing Wetlands Event Listings
    • Curling Funspiel, Saturday November 19 @ 6:00pm at the Stroud Curling Club in Innisfill; for more information contact Naomi Saunders at 705-424-1479 ext 263 or naomi_saunders@rogers.com
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • The Importance of Composting with Janet Rose, Monday November 28 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.       
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Ontario Nature: Update on What's Happening with Caroline Schultz (Ontario Nature Executive Director), Monday November 21 @ 8:00pm at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters (1078 Bruce Road #12) in Formosa; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
    • Snowshoe at Kinghurst and Murray Tract, Saturday January 21, 2017; for more information visit www.saugeenfieldnaturalists.com. Please register in advance.
    • Snowshoe Hike for Screech Owls at Allan Park Conservation Area, Saturday February 4 @ 7:00pm; email saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca to pre-register and find out about snow conditions.
    • Spiders of Eastern North America with John Reaume, Monday February 20 @ 8:00pm at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters (1078 Bruce Road #12) in Formosa; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca    
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Gull Watching in Ontario with Jean Iron, Friday November 18 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie.
    • Lake Simcoe Migrants, Saturday November 19 @ 8:00am; meet at the City of Barrie municipal Parking lot on Simcoe Street between Maple and Bayfield; for more information contact Chris Evans at 705-722-1136.
    • Winter Birds of Barrie Lakeshore, Saturday December 3 @ 9:00am; meet at the City of Barrie municipal Parking lot on Simcoe Street between Maple and Bayfield; for more information contact Jim Coey at 705-543-1866.
    • Christmas Bird Census, Saturday December 17; contact Chris Evans at 705-722-1136 to register; participants must register by December 8.
    • Christmas Bird Count and Potluck Supper, Saturday December 17 @ 6:00pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Christine Beggs at 705-721-6842.
    • Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Saturday December 24 @ 9:00am; for more information visit www.nvca.on.ca/events-education.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Fungi and Their Role in Nature with Pat Burchell (Mycological Society of Toronto), Tuesday December 13 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
    • Conifers as Winter Food with Karen Stephenson, Tuesday January 10 @ 7:30pm at River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.                                                                        
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on December 15, 2016. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

Please note that events can be listed up to two months in advance allowing others to put it on their calendar well in advance.

Ontario Nature publishes the Ontario Nature Network News every month with contributions from its member groups and staff.

Ontario Nature grants permission for use of the information below in member group newsletters. 

Please credit either Ontario Nature or the member group.

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