February 2023 conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 155 member groups and their members.
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February 2023 conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 150 member groups and their supporters. Together, we are the voice for nature. Please share this monthly newsletter with members of your group.

Heaven's Gate Nature Reserve, EBC


Conservation Awards

Do you know a conservation champion? A great way to show our appreciation for the people who do so much for nature is to nominate them for an Ontario Nature Conservation Award. We are accepting nominations for our 2022-2023 Conservation Awards until March 31st.


Owen Sound Field Naturalists Creates Updated Nature Guides

The 5th edition of the Vascular Plant List Bruce & Grey is a keystone publication of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists. It is an essential reference for naturalists, botanists, life science inventory specialists, land use planners, resource management agencies and consultants who are working within Bruce and Grey Counties. The OSFN contracted Tyler Miller, Field Ecologist to digitize, revise the list and update our 5th edition. It includes 1611 taxa (species, subspecies and hybrids) for 131 families, which are listed including all locally and provincially rare plants found in the counties. This new release is designed in spiral bound print format, PDF and – for the serious botanist – a fully annotated digital compendium with dataset. All three versions will be available this spring through owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca.
Lancaster Business Park, Kitchener, Municipal Natural Areas


Protecting Nature With Municipalities

Please join Ontario Nature on March 8th at 7:00 pm for Reaching Canada's Protected Areas Target: Working with Municipalities. Participants in this online information session will learn about and discuss the role that Nature Network groups can play in working with municipal leaders to advance Canada’s target to protect 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.


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Ontario Nature Youth Council

Interesting Links and Opportunities

  • Our Youth Engagement Webinar is being held TONIGHT, February 15th. Register now or look for the recording on our YouTube channel in a few days.
  • The Keep the Greenbelt Promise campaign invites you to come to the Ontario legislature on Tuesday February 21st. Participants will go first to the Visitor’s Gallery for the Question Period to signal that we remain vigilant and committed to protecting the Greenbelt. After there will be continued actions to protect the Greenbelt. Register Now.
  • Rally at Queen’s Park "Welcome Back Party" for the Ontario government on Saturday, February 25 (11:00am - 1:00pm).
  • Watch the Alliance for a Livable Ontario presentation on what is being done to fight unwanted government changes.
  • Nature on the Hill event on March 7 – 9 in Ottawa. The government delivered on their promise of showing leadership on the international stage and made big commitments at COP15, and now we need to make sure they get the job done.
  • Greenbelt guardians is a new network made up of existing groups and individuals that want to protect the land extracted from the Greenbelt AND land added unnecessarily during urban boundary expansions. The primary focus of these teams is surveillance.
Petticoat Creek Conservation Area


See our events calendar for a complete listing of events organized by Ontario Nature and Nature Network groups. 

To submit your public events for the online calendar, send them to noahc@ontarionature.org and allow up to a week for posting. Please send only events that are open to the public and no more than three per month.

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