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Wetlands Policy & Biodiversity Offsets Workshop

Join Ontario Nature and Ducks Unlimited Canada on October 26 for the Wetlands Policy and Biodiversity Offsetting Workshop. The day will feature speakers representing diverse interests who will offer their insights on the policy outcomes needed to reverse the trend of ongoing wetland loss in Ontario. We will also share information and perspectives about policy gaps and options in light of the Province's proposed development of a Strategic Plan for Ontario Wetlands (EBR Registry Number: 012-4464). This project has been generously supported by the Ontario Home Builders' Association and the Metcalf Foundation.

 



Wye Marsh
Photo Courtesy of A. Delray
 
Nature Network Continues to Grow 

Please join us in welcoming three new groups to our Nature Network: the Canada South Land Trust, AWARE Simcoe and the Friends of Lake Superior Park. Each group brings with them a dedication to public engagement in nature conservation that will strengthen our efforts to protect the province's wildlife and habitats. Click here to learn more about the community and naturalist groups that make up Ontario Nature's Nature Network.
   
 
 
Old Woman Bay, Photo Courtesy of Lake Superior Park 
Funky Fungi Foray at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve

Congratulations to 3-year-old Nathalie Schoger who won the science book prize in the nature bingo game at our Funky Fungi Foray at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve on October 3. Nathalie and her mom, Deborah, joined 30 other nature lovers for a fun-filled day of mushroom-focused games and exploration. Congratulations Nathalie and we look forward to seeing you again soon! 

 

Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature
Giving Tuesday at Ontario Nature 

Held every year on December 1, Giving Tuesday is 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 stop the loss of Ontario's endangered species. Every dollar you give, up to $5,000, will be matched by our proud sponsors at Ontario Power Generation. Double your impact for nature: Help us Stop the Loss, Ontario           

 



2015 Youth Summit a Huge Success!

Congratulations to Ontario Nature's Youth Council for another successful Youth Summit! Ninety-five young people from 57 different communities gathered at YMCA Geneva Park on the weekend of September 25-27 for the Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership. The weekend featured numerous outdoor activities and interactive workshops including a nature discovery hike, an introduction to visual astronomy and a debate on genetically modified organisms. A big "thank you" to our Nature Network sponsors for supporting this great event! 
 

 


2015 Youth Summit  
Photo Courtesy of Brendan Toews



2015 Holiday Cards Now Available

Wish your family and friends a festive holiday season with our exclusive 2015 holiday cards featuring the hairy woodpecker. The cost for Ontario Nature member groups is $6.50/package + HST (10 cards per package). If you would like to place an order, please contact Portia Mohlmann at portiam@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 233. 
  

 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Photo Courtesy of  Robert McCaw


Events

  • Nature London Nature in the City Illustrated Talks
  • Owen Sound Field Naturalists Event Listings
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Massassauga Rattlesnakes with Michael Colley, Friday November 20 @ 7:30pm at the North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie.  
  • Nature's Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Fiery Faces Pumpkin Carving Workshop, Saturday October 31 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon; location TBA; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
    • Christmas Crafts and Storytelling, Saturday December 5 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm; location TBA; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
    • Whoooos Calling? Owl Prowl, Saturday December 5 @ 7:00pm; location TBA; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.     
  • Norfolk Field Naturalists Event Listings
  • Nipissing Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Investigating Tracks and Signs with Jeremy St. Onge & Lucy Emmott, Saturday November 7 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact nipnats@gmail.com.
    • History of Laurier Woods with Dick Tafel, Saturday December 5 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact nipnats@gmail.com. 
  • Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Confessions of a Crazed Photographer with Ethan Meleg, Thursday November 10 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at 705-331-5263. 
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listing
    • Outing to Mud Lake Conservation Area, Sunday October 25 @ 9:00am; meet at the Elm Street entrance to the Conservation area; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
    • Honey Bees: What's Causing the Decline and How it Affects You with Paul Kelly, Monday October 26 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Bedrock, Beaches and Bones: Geological Heritage of the Quinte Area with Dugald Carmichael, Monday October 26 @ 7:00pm at Bridge Street United Church in Belleville.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Getting to Know South Central Ontario Trees with Rick Berry, Tuesday November 10 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Exploring Landscape Painting, Saturday October 31 @ 1:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • What Happens to Bees in Winter?, Thursday November 5 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • Owl Prowl 1, Thursday November 12 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • Landscape Photography 102, Thursday November 19 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • Weird Wildlife, Saturday November 21 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • Owl Prowl 2, Tuesday December 1 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • Movie Night at rare, Thursday December 3 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.
    • North House Christmas Tour, Thursday December 10 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at North House (681 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336.                                                
Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on November 15, 2015. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2015.

Submissions can be sent to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

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