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A Day on the Grand River

Attention: Assignment Editors; Environment Reporters, Photographers

Cambridge/North Dumfries, May 23, 2015 – Join Ontario Nature and the rare Charitable Research Reserve for a day on the Grand River. Explore diverse habitats – including alvar, cliff, wetland and woodland – found on this 900+ acre reserve, meet the researchers who study ecology on the reserve and become a citizen scientist yourself.

More than 150 participants are expected to turn out for Ontario Nature’s 84th Annual Gathering, hosted by rare, a provincial partner in Ontario Nature’s Nature Network. The day will kick off with an optional early morning bird banding demonstration, followed by registration, welcome remarks (9:30 a.m.), and a special presentation by Grant Linney: The Hero’s Journey to Sustainability.

Guided hikes and tours by rare scientists, naturalists and researchers will run concurrently once in the morning and afternoon.

What: A Day on the Grand – Ontario Nature’s 84th Annual Gathering at rare

  • See full event program attached

When: Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Welcome remarks and keynote address by Grant Linney
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Concurrent guided hikes and tours

Where: rare ECO Centre, 768 Blair Rd.

For more information, contact:

John Hassell, Communications Manager, Ontario Nature 416-444-8419 ext. 269, cell 416-786-2171,

Jenna Quinn, rare Charitable Research Reserve, 519.650.9336 x 111,

Patti Leather, rare Charitable Research Reserve, 519.650.9336 x 118,

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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 150 member groups across Ontario (charitable registration # 10737 8952 RR0001). For more information, visit

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