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Ontario Weakens Protections for Algonquin Wolf

On September 15, Algonquin wolves, which are listed as Threatened in Ontario, became significantly more vulnerable when the provincial government passed an ESA exemption allowing them to be hunted and trapped. Ontario Nature is strongly opposed to this exemption because it is contrary to the intent of the ESA and hunting/trapping are the primary threats to Algonquin wolves. Exemptions like this one are why Ontario Nature is taking the provincial government to court


Algonquin Wolf
Photo Courtesy of Lev Frid
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. 
Fall 2016 Regional Meetings on the Horizon

Fall is just around the corner and with it the fall 2016 session of regional meetings. These informative gatherings are a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with other groups in your area, share ideas, hear from guest speakers and learn about Ontario Nature's programs and campaigns. Please mark the upcoming regional meeting dates in your calendar and encourage representatives from your group to attend. 

2015 Northern Regional Meeting
Photo Courtesy of  Michael Wynia

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 Portia Mohlmann at or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 233.    

Save the Date for the 2017 Annual Gathering 

Save the date for Ontario Nature's 2017 Annual Gathering scheduled for June 2-4 at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre on the shores of Lake Simcoe. The celebratory weekend will feature our annual Ontario Nature Conservation Awards, a suite of informative workshops on various topics, expert-led field trips to local wildlife hot spots and an inspiring keynote address. To learn more about next year's Annual Gathering contact Jaklynn Nimec.      


2016 Annual Gathering

Photo Courtesy of  Michael Wynia

Have Your Say on Wetland Conservation in Ontario

Let the government know what you think of their proposed plan to protect our vulnerable wetlands.  Building on your feedback about Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has developed a Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario. That strategy is now open for public comment on the Environmental Registry until November 16, 2016. For more information, contact Joshua Wise.


Minising Wetland
Photo Courtesy of Cathy Walton  


  • North American Native Plant Society Event Listings
    • 2016 Annual General Meeting, Saturday October 15 from 12 noon to 4pm at Toronto Botanical Gardens (777Lawrence Avenue East) in Toronto; non-members welcome; for more information visit
  • Thickson's Woods Land Trust Event Listings
    • Birds, Beavers and Butterflies Nature Festival, Saturday September 17 from 9am to 3pm at Thickson's Woods Nature Reserve; for more information visit
  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Niagara Glen, Sunday September 18 @ 10am; meet in the parking lot by the map of the trails; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.            
  • Bert Miller Nature Club Event Listings
    • Fascinating Look at the Natural World of Columbia with Marcie Jacklin, Monday September 19 @ 7pm at Stevensville Conservation Area (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856. 
  • Peninsula Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • An Expedition into the Unknown Landscape with Adam Shoalts, Monday September 26 @ 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
    • 2016 Walk & Run for rare, Sunday September 25 @ 10am; meet at Riverbluffs Park, George Street; for more information visit
    • Grand River Wildlife, Thursday September 29 @ 7pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Wildlife Trade and Protecting Endangered Species, Thursday October 13 @ 7pm;  meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • Nature Meditation, Saturday October 15 @ 3pm; meet at rare ECO Centre (768 Blair Road) in Cambridge; for more information visit
    • 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
    • The Sky's the Limit: A Primer on Climate Change with Peter Middleton, Monday September 19 @ 8pm at Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters (1078 Bruce Road) in Formosa.
    • Bruce Trail Fall Hike, Saturday October 1 @ 10:30am; meet at the scenic lookout on County Road 7; for more information contact
    • 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
  • Macnamara Field Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Screening of The Messanger, Thursday September 29 @ 7pm at the O'Brien Theatre in Arnprior; for more information visit
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • Saving Turtles at Risk Today with Scales Nature Park and the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital, Tuesday October 11 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information contact or
    • 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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