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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ontario Nature Celebrates 81 Years of Conservation!

Attention: Photo/Assignment Editors, Environment Reporters, General Interest

Event: Ontario Nature’s 81st Annual General Meeting and Gathering

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012 and Sunday, June 10, 2012

Location: The Opinicon Resort Hotel, 1697 Chaffey’s Lock Road, Elgin, Ontario (northeast of Kingston).

Guest Speaker: Michael Runtz, award-winning nature writer and photographer

Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm: Michael Runtz is an award-winning nature photographer and the author of 10 best-selling natural history books. He was featured on TVO/NHK Japan’s Superteachers along with Jane Goodall and Nelson Mandela and has won numerous awards for his conservation work. Mr. Runtz currently teaches natural history and ornithology courses at Carleton University.

Awards: From 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Ontario Nature will host its AGM followed by the Conservation Awards ceremony where individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations will receive Conservation Awards in honour of their achievements in protecting nature.

Background: Capping off eight decades of environmental victories, Ontario Nature is celebrating its 81st anniversary as the province’s leading conservation organization. On this occasion, Ontario Nature is highlighting the extraordinary Frontenac Arch, its abundant wildlife and unique landscapes.

For more information and to arrange interview and photo opportunities, contact:
Victoria Foote, Director of Communications: 416 444-8419 ext. 238; 647 290-9384 (cell); victoriaf@ontarionature.org.

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 140 member groups across Ontario (charitable registration # 10737 8952 RR0001). For more information, visit www.ontarionature.org.

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