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

Take Action for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

The Government of Ontario is conducting public consultations on their plan to identify and map a natural heritage system across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It is vital that this plan is done right to protect our region’s nature, water and communities! The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership has identified some major gaps in the government’s plan. Take action now to urge our Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Kathryn McGarry, to address these deficiencies, before the plan is finalized.

Fall 2017 Regional Meetings Kick Off in Eastern Ontario

The fall meeting of the Ontario East Nature Network group will be hosted by the Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH), on September 30. The FCH is a community organization working to preserve the Carp Hills in their natural state. The Carp Hills comprise nearly 4,000 hectares of forest, Provincially Significant Wetlands, and rock barrens in the rural northwest of Ottawa, and provide habitat for several species at risk, including Blanding’s turtles, eastern whip-poor-wills, and butternut trees.

Nature London to be Honoured

Nature London, one of London’s oldest societies, will be honoured by the London Public Library’s Historic Sites Committee with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque on October 13. The event will take place near the Civic Garden Complex in Springbank Park. The plaque will be erected to recognize the group’s longstanding association with the area and the adjacent Thames River. All interested members of the public are invited to attend. For more information, visit www.naturelondon.ca.

2017 Holiday Cards are Now Available

The holiday season will be here before you know it. To help you prepare, this year’s greeting cards are ready to order! You can choose a seasonal message or a blank space inside. Get yours today and check one more item off your ‘to do’ list. This year’s card features the beautiful and elusive boreal owl. Proceeds support our work to protect the wild species and spaces you love, and help spread our conservation message.

Keep Calm and Get Fit

You are invited to join Ontario Nature’s Fit Hikes Series. Starting this fall, you can enjoy the serenity of the Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve while getting a good workout. This interactive hiking series will be led by personal trainer Jenna Doak and is suitable for all fitness levels. Hikes are scheduled for September 16 (Hike with your Tyke), September 30 (Hike with Hounds) and October 7 (Thanksgiving Weekend Hike). For more information about the Fit Hikes Series contact Seann Kim.

A2A to Host Conservation Action Planning Workshops

The Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A) will host 2 Conservation Action Planning (CAP) workshops this fall. Scheduled for September 21 and September 28, the sessions will cover Indigenous engagement in conservation action planning, how local CAPs can contribute to a resilient, inter-connected landscape within the A2A region and the main threats to conservation work in general.

Events

Quinte Field Naturalists
  • Around the Orient in 80 Birds, Monday September 25 @ 7:00pm at Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.
  • Moths in Your Backyard, Monday October 23 @ 7:00pm at Bridge Street United Church (Sills Auditorium) in Belleville.        
Orillia Naturalists' Club
  • Fall Walk in the Copeland Forest, Sunday September 24 @ 1:30pm; meet behind Zehrs to carpool at 1:00pm; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
  • A Naturalist's Rambles in India with Justin Peter, Wednesday October 4 @ 7:30pm at the Orillia Mseum of Art and History in Orillia; for more information contact Arni Stinnissen at 705-329-0515.
  • 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
  • Wilkins Walk/Hewitt's Creek Ravine Trail, Saturday September 23 @ 7:30pm; meet at Little Lake Park Parking Lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie; for more information contact Paul Forde at 705-725-0750.
  • Walk Along the North Simcoe Rail Trail, Sunday October 1 @ 8:30am; at Little Lake Park Parking Lot at the east end of Little Lake Drive in Barrie; for more information contact Brian and Lynne Gibbon at 705-721-4599.
  • Bird Walk Along Simcoe Shores, Saturday October 14 @ 9:00am; meet at Innisfil Beach Park at the end of Innisfil Beach Road East; for more information contact Jim Coey at 705-543-1866.
  • 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.
Peninsula Field Naturalists
  • Presentation on Lichens from Lindsay Schram (University of Guelph), Monday September 25 @ 7:30pm at Niagara REgion Headquarters (1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way); for more information contact Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260.
Bert Miller Nature Club
  • Ticks and Lime Disease with John Burnett, Monday September 18 @ 7:00pm at Stevensville Conservation Club (2555 Ott Road) in Stevensville; for more information contact Lynda Goodridge at 905-871-5856.
Saugeen Nature
  • Kinghurst Ferns, Saturday September 16 @ 10:00am at Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve (Concession 6, Sullivan Township); for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.
  • The Night Sky, Monday September 25 @ 8:00pm at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Office in Formosa; visit the Saugeen Nature website for more information.
  • Falling Waters Hike: Beaver Valley Early Fall Colours, Saturday October 14 @ 1:30pm; meet at Hogg's Falls parking lot; for more information contact Blain Horsley at bmhorsl@bmts.com or 519-986-4839.
  • The Nature of Stringed Instruments, Monday October 30 @ 8:00pm at Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Headquarters in Formosa; for more information contact saugeenfieldnaturalists@yahoo.ca.     
Norfolk Field Naturalists
  • Fascinating Fungi: Mushroom Identification Hike, Saturday September 30 @ 1:00pm; meet at the third concession road entrance to BAckus Woods; for more information contact Inga at 519-875-5601.
  • An Exciting Visual of Storm Chasing in Ontario with David T. Chapman, Tuesday October 10; for more information contact Inga at 519-875-5601.
  • 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
  • Light Pollution and It's Effect on People and Wildlife with Ray Ford, Tuesday October 10 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Drive) in East Gwillimbury, for more information visit ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
  • 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 ysn.naturalists@gmail.com.
Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club
  • Exploring Fungi in Dufferin County, Sunday September 17 @ 2:00pm; visit the HNPNC website for more information.
  • Spider Webs at Scottsdale Farm, Saturday September 30 @ 7:15am; visit the HNPNC website for more information.
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.

Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on October 15, 2017. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017.

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