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We Won the Right to Appeal the ESA Ruling

The Ontario Court of Appeal has just granted Ontario Nature and Wildlands League, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, leave to appeal a lower court ruling that puts endangered and threatened species at further risk of disappearing from the province. We are delighted with this decision as it marks the first time environmental groups have won the right to appeal a case about endangered species and indicates that the court has deemed this case to be of importance to the people of Ontario. Read more about this ground-breaking decision here.

 


Loggerhead Shrike
Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/Laurie Snidow
Wetland Conservation Public Listening Sessions 

The Ministry of Natureal Resources and Forestry will be holding a series of public listening sessions to seek feedback on its Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper (www.ebr.gov.on.ca, ER posting number 012-4464). The sessions are scheduled for September 16 at the RA Centre in Ottawa, September 23 at Black Creek Vilage in Toronto, September 29 at Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, October 6 at London Public Library in London, October 8 at Discovery North Bay Museum in North Bay and October 14 at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls. If you plan to attend and would like Ontario Nature's perspective on key messages to take forward contact Anne Bell at anneb@ontarionature.org
   
 


 
Newton Nature Reserve Wetland
Photo Courtesy of Ontario Nature 
Fantastic Fall Fungi Photo Contest

Fall has arrived and so has Ontario Nature's Fantastic Fungi Photo Contest! Share your top two images with us on Twitter or Facebook for a chance to win a great prize. A winner will be chosen on both channels. You can enter by following us on 
Twitter and tweeting your submission to us using our handle @ontarionature and the hashtag #ONfungi. Or you can like us on Facebook and share your photo with us using the hashtag #ONfungi. The contest runs from September 23 to October 14. Winners will be announced on Twitter and Facebook. 

 


Celebrating 25 Years of STORM 

Save The Oakridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) has hit a quarter-centruy milestone of protecting and preserving Ontario's environmentally sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. In celebration, the Oake Ridges Moraine Partnership for 2015 (Earthroots, EcoSpark, Ontario Nature and STORM) will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Award Ceremony on Sunday September 27 at Sheppard Bush House in Aurora. For more information on how you can join the festivities, contact info@stormcoalition.org or 905-841-9200.            

 


Join the 2015 Ontario Land Trust Gathering

You are invited to Conservation Connections, the annual Ontario Land Trust Gathering on October 21-23. We are returning to the YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre on the shores of beautiful Lake Couchiching. Each year, the Gathering provides participants with the opportunity to network with colleagues working to conserve Ontario's incredible natural heritage while honing their skills and knowledge. We look forward to seeing you there! Check out the full schedule online. Early bird registration ends September 19.
 

 




Saw-Whet Owl Banding at Wye Marsh

Join licensed bird bander Garth Baker on September 26 for an introduction to bird banding followed by a saw-whet owl banding demonstration. Garth will weigh, measure wing length and age the owl before banding and releasing it. The information gathered will be used to gain a better understanding of saw-whet owl populations and movements. Garth will present the history and practice of bird banding from 7-8 pm, and will check the owl nets hourly. For more information contact Laura Thomas at 705-526-7809 ext 206. 
  

 

Saw-Whet Owl 
Photo Courtesy of  Wye Marsh


Events

  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Selkirk Provincial Park, Sunday September 27 @ 9:00am; meet at the Shopper's Drug Mart in Fonthill; for more information contact Rick Young at 905-734-6226.      
  • Saugeen Nature Event Listings
  • Brereton Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Birds of Algonquin Park with Ron Tozer, Friday October 16 @ 7:30pm at the North West Barrie United Church (464 Ferndale Drive North) in Barrie.
    • 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
    • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Monarch Watch, Saturday September 26 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon; meet at the parking lot across from The Causeway Restaurant; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
    • Autumn Leaves Hike on Lynn Valley Trail, Sunday October 18 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm; meet at the trail entrance on Blue Line Road just north of the St. Johns Road (Regional Road #3) intersection; for more information contact info@naturescalling.ca or 519-410-7376.
    • 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
    • Fascinating Fungi: Mushroom Identification Hike, Saturday October 3 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Backus Woods; meet at the 3rd Concession entrance to Backus Woods and dress for the weather; for more information contact Inga at 519-875-5601.
    • Nature in Belize with Margaret Pickles, Tuesday October 13 @ 7:15pm at Simcoe Seniors Centre (89 Pond Street) in Simcoe. 
  • Nipissing Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Geology with Larry Dyke, Saturday October 3 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay; for more information contact nipnats@gmail.com.
    • 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.
  • Friends of Minesing Wetlands Event Listings
    •  Fall Paddle Through the Minesing Wetlands, Saturday October 3 @ 8:30am; meet at the Willow Creek Canoe Coral on George Johnson Road (County Road 28) at 8:30am; the trip will take approx. 5 hours; for more information visit http://minesingwetlands.ca/2015/07/16/fall-paddle-2015/
  • Orillia Naturalists Club Event Listings
    • Walk the Alexander Hope Smith Property with Ron Reid, Sunday October 4 @ 1:00pm; meet at the Zehrs to car pool; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
    • Diversity of Soils with Harry Stoddart, Wednesday October 7 @ 7:30pm; for more information contact Ruth Anne Gale at 705-326-1805.
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listing
    • A Naturalist's Perspective with Lev Frid, Monday September 28 @ 7:30pm at Mountainview United Church (150 Glendale Avenue) in St. Catharines; for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
  •  Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Monarch Migration Outing at Morgan's Point, Sunday September 20 @ 1:00pm; meet at Stevensville Conservation Area at 12 noon; for more information contact Patty Moss at 905-834-1812.
    • Regular Meeting Featuring a Presentation on the Weather of Ontario, Monday September 21 @ 7:00pm at the Stevensville Conservation Club (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
  • Quinte Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Fatal Light Awareness Program with Michael Mesure, Monday September 28 @ 7:00pm at Bridge Street United Church in Belleville.
    • 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
    • Ontario Nature Youth Council with Sarah Hedges, Tuesday October 13 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre  (20 Oak Avenue) in River Drive Park; for more information visit www.ysnaturalists.com.
    • 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
    • 2015 Walk and Run for rare, Sunday September 27 @ 9:00am in Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • Knitting in Nature Night, Wednesday September 30 @ 5:30pm at Lamb's Inn (1679 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • Biobus - Mobile Collection Vehicle, Sunday October 4 @ 12:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • Canning Workshop, Monday October 5 @ 7:00pm at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.
    • 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 ext 125 at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit raresites.org or call 519-650-9336 ext 125.                                          
Upcoming Deadlines

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

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