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Bad News for Ontario's Endangered Species

The Ontario Court of Appeals delivered a blow to endangered species last week when it ruled in favour of the Ontario Divisional Court's decision to uphold a provincial regulation that exempts major industrial activities from the protection standards outlined in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This means that the ESA won't do what it was created to do and that the province's endangered species are now at greater risk. We are very disappointed by this ruling, but we are determined to continue highlighting the threats to species at risk in Ontario. 


Loggerhead Shrike
Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock
Deadline Extended: Share Our Call to Action to Defend the Greater Golden Horseshoe 

More than 500 people have signed our petition, but we want 500 more before October 31! The review of the plans that protect the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment and guides growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is almost up. The new deadline for comments  is October 31, 2016. Please share this action alert with your networks and let them know there is still time to tell the Ontario government to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 
Another Successful Youth Summit for Biodiversity

Congratulations to Ontario Nature's Youth Council for another successful Youth Summit - their seventh! One hundred and seven young people from across Ontario gathered at YMCA Geneva Park on the weekend of September 23-25 for the Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership. The weekend featured numerous outdoor activities, interactive workshops and a youth leadership forum. A big "thank you" to our Nature Network sponsors for supporting this great event! 

2016 Youth Summit Group Photo
Photo Courtesy of  Brendan Toews

2016 Holiday Cards Now Available 

Wish your family and friends a festive holiday season with our exclusive 2016 holiday cards featuring the snow bunting. 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 Christine Ambre at or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 234.    
ON Nature Writer Wins Award 

Congratulations to Ray Ford who won Gold at the Canadian Farm Writers Awards for his feature article The Cutting Edge. The article appeared in the spring 2016 issue of ON Nature magazine where it highlights some of the ways Ontario farmers are working to protect grassland birds. Ray is a farmer in the Almaguin Highlands, and a long-time contributor to ON Nature. Please join us in congratulating him for this wonderful recognition.     


Photo Courtesy of  P. Johnsgard

Forests Ontario's Annual Conference Open for Registration

Every year, Forests Ontario brings together more than 300 landowners, forestry professionals, students, educators and those passionate about forests to explore key issues at our annual conference. Join us on February 10, 2017 as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor as we discuss how it takes a forest to build healthy communities and a robust and prosperous society. Visit the Forests Ontario website to learn more. 




  • Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation Event Listings
    • 25th Anniversary Dinner, Saturday November 5 @ 6:00pm at the Deer Creek Banquet Facility in Ajax; the evening will feature presentations, live entertainment and live and silent auctions; $75/person, $80/person at the door; visit the COTERC website for more information. 
  • 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
    • Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers, Tuesday January 24 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
    • 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
    • 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
    • Save a Little Love for Wetlands! Tuesday February 14 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
    • Magical Meadowlily: A Four-Season Oasis, Tuesday February 21 @ 7:00pm at the Central Library (251 Dundas Street) in London; for more information contact
  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Butterflies of Rouge National Urban Park, Tuesday November 8 @ 7:30pm at Egypt Hall (6756 Smith Boulevard) in Georgina; for more information contact 905-722-8021.
  • Orillia Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Arizona's Second Spring: A Naturalist's Journey into the Monsoon Season with Lev Frid (Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry), Wednesday November 2 @ 7:30pm; for more information contact Barb Ryckman at 705-242-4026.            
  • 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
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Outing to Mud Lake Conservation Area, Sunday October 23 @ 9:00am; meet at the Elm Street entrance to the conservation area; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
    • A Naturalist's Rambles in India with Justin Peter, Monday October 24 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
    • Sex and the Single Bird, Saturday October 22 @ 2pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Owl Banding Demonstration, Sunday October 23 @ 7pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit       
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
    • Lessons From Loons with Doug Tozer (Bird Studies Canada), Monday October 17 @ 8pm at Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters (1078 Bruce Road) in Formosa; for more information contact
    • History, Myths, Magic and Folklore of the Forest, Sunday November 13 @ 1:30pm at Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve; meet at the east parking lot opposite Harrison Lake; for more information contact Please register in advance.
    • Snowshoe at Kinghurst and Murray Tract, Saturday January 21, 2017; for more information visit Please register in advance.
    • Snowshoe Hike for Screech Owls at Allan Park Conservation Area, Saturday February 4 @ 7:00pm; email to pre-register and find out about snow conditions. 
  • Midland-Penetang Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Algonquin Park before 1950 with Ron Tozer (Algonquin Park naturalist), Thursday October 20; for more information contact Ken MacDonald at 705-526-1847.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • The Decline of Ontario's Hardwood Trees with Michele Williamson (Ministry of Environment & Climate Change), Tuesday November 8 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information contact or                                                                    
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