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Red-eared Sliders Can Reproduce in Ontario

Red-eared sliders, popular turtles as pets, are winding up in the wild in Canada posing a disease threat to native species. Compounding this threat is the finding by Scott Gillingwater, a Species at Risk Biologist with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority that red-eared sliders can successfully over-winter and reproduce in Ontario. If you see these or other turtles in the wild, please report them to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.
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Red-eared Slider, Greg Hume
Biodiversity Off-setting Workshop Planned for Oct. 23

Ontario Nature’s new biodiversity offsetting initiative will bring various stakeholders together to raise awareness of biodiversity offsetting in Ontario. On October 23, 2013 we will hold the first of several workshops designed to enable attendees to share knowledge and insights about what is happening in Ontario with respect to both voluntary offsetting and offsetting required under the Endangered Species Act, 2007. For more information, contact

  Open Pit Mine in Algoma, Ron Schott

Vote for Caribou Conservation

Help us win $5,000 for caribou conservation by voting for our film! With the generous support of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), we are producing a film about the impacts of industrial development in the Brightsand caribou range, just north of Thunder Bay. MEC has selected our project to compete against 4 other organizations across Canada to win $5,000 in support of our film.
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Woodland Caribou, Paul Tessier
ALUS Launches New Website

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) has launched a new website at where you can learn everything about this innovative community-developed, farmer-delivered stewardship program. ALUS is leading cultural change in Canada by raising awareness about the important role farmers can play in building a healthy, sustainable environment for wildlife and people. Ontario Nature is an ALUS program partner. For more information, contact

ALUS Wetland
New Mourning Dove Hunt in Ontario

It’s open season on mourning doves. The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) quietly authorized a new mourning dove hunt in southern and central Ontario, beginning in early September and lasting until mid-November. The daily bag limit is 15 birds, while a hunter can have up to 45 in his or her possession at any one time. Ontario Nature is opposed to the hunt on the grounds that there was inadequate consultation with stakeholders and the rationale for opening the hunt, which has been closed since the 1950s, is weak.

  Mourning Dove, Rick & Nora Bowers

Celebrate Loon Calls on the Lake, June 20-22

Join old friends and meet new ones at Ontario Nature’s Annual Gathering at YMCA Geneva Park on the weekend of June 20th – 22nd. Adopted as our logo 25 years ago to symbolize the environment, we will celebrate the common loon. The weekend will feature thought-provoking presentations, hands-on workshops and a guided tour of the largest of our nature reserves, the 470-hectare Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary. For more information, contact

Common Loon, Peter Ferguson
Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Green Solutions

September 2013 marked Ontario Nature’s biggest youth event to date – our fourth annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity. 104 teenagers from across Ontario attended the weekend-long summit at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia to hear a keynote speech by renowned conservationist and filmmaker, Rob Stewart and to debate green energy issues. A warm thank you to all of our Nature Network sponsors – your generous support helped make the summit such a huge success! To learn more, contact

Youth Summit Participants, Catherine Jimenea  
Sign a Petition to Save Ostrander Point

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have created a petition in response to the outrageous challenge by the Ministry of the Environment and Gilead Power Corp. to the Environmental Review Tribunal’s decision to protect Ostrander Point’s at risk species from industrial wind development. Stand up for Blanding’s turtles and all of the South Shore’s vulnerable species and habitats by signing the petition. The petition will be delivered directly to Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Click here to sign the petition

Southern Ontario Wind Farm, Mary Lane


  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • A New Look at Invasive Species with Dr. Brendan Larson (University of Waterloo), Tuesday November 12
    • Developments at Rouge Park with Jim Robb (Friends of the Rouge Watershed), Tuesday December 10
  • North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • Planting the Right Seeds for Biodiversity with Paul LaPorte (NANPS President), Tuesday October 8 at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Events
    • Outing to Terrace Creek, Sunday October 20
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Events
    • Into the Unknown: Exploring the 21st Century with Adam Shoalts, Monday October 21
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Events
    • Climate Change Talk with Brian Montgomery (Hamilton Public Health Service), Monday October 28
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Events
    • Loggerhead Shrike Recovery - Dr. Amy Chabot and Jonathan Willans will describe the history of this endangered species and Wildlife Preservation Canada's program to ensure its survival, Monday October 28 @ 7:00pm. Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church in Belleville.
    • Camouflage, Mimicry & Biomimicry: Life Imitating Life - Dr. Barry Frost (Queen's University) will illustrate how and why animals have evolved to exhibit these fascinating phenomena and how human engineers are copying them, Monday November 25 at 7:00pm. Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church in Belleville.
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