Nature Network News, September 2017
Conservation updates for member groups.

Join Us to Learn About Indigenous Perspectives on Protected Areas

Ontario Nature, Plenty Canada, the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences program at Trent University and Walpole Island Land Trust invite you to attend their protected areas gathering at Trent University. Scheduled for October 25 & 26, the gathering will bring together interested members of Indigenous communities, government agencies, conservation groups and industry leaders to discuss protected areas and Indigenous rights, responsibilities and interests. For more information or to register contact Sarah Hedges. We’d like to thank the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Biodiversity Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous support of this event.

Thank You for Your Support

Our sincere thanks to the Nature Network member groups who signed our letter about the proposed regional natural heritage system for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We submitted the letter to Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, on October 4. We'd also like to thank the 2,337 people who signed our Action Alert. Your support has strengthened our voice for nature in Ontario.


Another Youth Summit Success

Ninety-eight youth from 50 communities across Ontario came together on September 22-24 for the eighth Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership. The weekend featured 14 nature-focused workshops and a welcome address from Mark Douglas, a Rama First Nation elder. We’d like to extend our thanks to the Nature Network for their continued support of the Youth Summit and its attendees. This year, 40 Nature Network groups sponsored youth to attend. Visit the Youth Summit webpage to see photos from the 2017 summit and to learn about what the Youth Council is planning for next year.

Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund Accepting Applications

The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, now in its sixth year, provides up to $25,000 per project to restore and protect the Great Lakes and the rivers and streams that flow into them. This year’s fund will award $1.5 million in total for eligible projects. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2017. Since 2012, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund has awarded $7.5 million to 375 community-based projects, which supported more than 37,000 volunteers. To learn more visit the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund website.

Ruthven Park Celebrates Passchendaele Centenary

Ruthven Park National Historic Site is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele with 2 events in October. The events, scheduled for October 22 and October 26 will commemorate and honour the Canadians who fought in this World War I battle. Ruthven Park National Historic Site has a special connection to Passchendaele because the property’s namesake, Major Andrew Ruthven Thompson, fought and was injured there. Visit the Ruthven Park website for more information on how you can join the celebration.

Your Ontario Nature. Your Action

Ontario Nature is in action—and we want you to join us! Today we’re asking you to add your voice and take action! Please join us and make your gift to support vital work to save wild species and protect habitats across our province. Your gift will make an immediate impact, funding crucial, on-the-ground conservation work. Thank you!


Quinte Field Naturalists
  • Moths in Your Backyard, Monday October 23 @ 7:00pm at Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.        
Orillia Naturalists' Club
  • Climate Change and Whale Poo with Dave Ireland, Wednesday November 1 @ 7:30pm at the Orillia Mseum of Art and History in Orillia; for more information contact Denis Paccagnella at 705-326-3031.
Brereton Field Naturalists' Club
  • Madeira: In Search of the Freira with Lev Frid, Friday October 20 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Cay Mills at 705-739-1094.
  • Fat is Good for Polar Bears and Good for Researchers, Friday November 17 @ 7:30pm at Northwest Barrie United Church Hall (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie; for more information contact Cay Mills at 705-739-1094.
  • Lake Simcoe Migrants, Saturday November 18 @ 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 the Barrie Lakeshore, Saturday December 9 @ 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 Count and Potluck Supper, Saturday December 16; registration deadline is December 8; to register contact Chris Evans at 705-722-1136 or
Peninsula Field Naturalists
  • The Bruce Trail with Owen Bjorgan, Monday October 23 @ 7:30pm at Niagara Region Headquarters Committee Room 4 (1815 Isaac Brock Way); for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  • Tour of Glennridge Quarry Naturalization Site, October 29 @ 9:00am; meet at the parking area on St. David’s Road; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
Bert Miller Nature Club
  • Tree and twig Heirlooms and Heirloom Vegetables: An Exciting Way to Try New and Unusual Tastes, Shapes and Colours with Linda Crago, Monday October 16 @ 7:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Area (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
Saugeen Nature
  • The Nature of Stringed Instruments, Monday October 23 @ 8:00pm at Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters in Formosa; for more information contact
Norfolk Field Naturalists
  • Fall Colours of Long Point Basin Land Trust's Strongmen-Guiler Property, Saturday October 21 @ 1:00pm; meet at the parking lot on the north side of Front Road and on the west side of Port Ryerse; for more information contact Len at 519-428-6796.
Credit Valley Conservation York-Simcoe Naturalists
  • A Campaign to Enshrine the Right to a Healthy Environment in an Environmental Bill of Rights, Tuesday November 14 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Drive) in East Gwillimbury, for more information visit
Midland-Penetanquishene Field Naturalists
  • Fungi Unveiled with Hillary Hazipetrakos and Drew Coull, Thursday October 19 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre.
  • Fungi Unveiled Club Outing, Saturday October 21 @ 8:30am; meet at Midland WalMart parking lot to carpool; for more information contact Ken MacDonald 705-331-5263.
  • From Birder to Birder Murder with Steve Burrows, Thursday November 16 @ 7:30pm at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre.
Friends of Minesing Wetlands
  • Roadside Cleanup along George Johnson Road, Saturday October 28; for more information contact Naomi Saunders at
  • Curling Bonspiel and Annual General Meeting, Saturday November 18; for more information contact Naomi Saunders at
Nature League
  • Trivia Night, Friday October 20 @ 7:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion (Normandy Room, 490 Ontario Street) in Collingwood; for more information visit the Nature League website.

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