September 2023 conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 150 member groups and their members.
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September 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.

Wolf Lake


Save Wolf Lake!

Wolf Lake, the site of North America’s largest old-growth red pine forest (1,600 hectares or 4,000 acres), is located within the City of Greater Sudbury. Most of the trees in the forest are old growth, some of which are 300-plus years of age. The lake and its surrounding area is a Forest Reserve and according to Ontario Parks is a ‘park in waiting’.

Mining exploration activity is damaging the Wolf Lake forest and is preventing the area from becoming a park. We need your help to stop any future destruction of Wolf Lake.

Please write our federal and provincial governments to make good on these lapsed promises of protection and tell them to include Wolf Lake in the 30x30 movement! Send letters to the federal Minister of the Environment, provincial Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, provincial Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, and your MP and MPP.




When the going gets tough, ON Nature Winter 2020


Upcoming Webinars Created For the Nature Network

At Ontario Nature, we recognize that we are better together. We are working hard to provide resources for our Nature Network groups to support, strengthen, teach and connect. As part of these efforts, we have scheduled a suite of webinars for the fall that we hope you will join us for. We have others in the works, so look out for more in future notifications. Scheduled so far are:

  1. Demystifying Digital Communications, September 20
  2. Effective Boards, October 18
  3. Wetland Conservation Strategies and Resources for Community Groups, November 8 (Registration and details to come)

We look forward to seeing you at these webinars!

great horned owl


Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club is 160 Years Old!

Our Nature Network is made up of many amazing groups, both founded recently and long-standing. However, one of these groups really stands out as the grandparent of them all - the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club (OFNC). Founded in 1863 and incorporated in 1879, OFNC is the oldest natural history club in Canada. They boast around 900 members and are very active in conservation and science in addition to naturalist activities. Did you know that they also have an official peer-reviewed scientific publication, the Canadian Field Naturalist, where scientists and enthusiastic citizens alike have the opportunity to submit work for publication?

Congratulations to OFNC on its long tenure and on all the amazing work for nature it has done in that time and continues to do!

Ruthven Park


Ruthven Park Gatehouse is new Stewardship Centre

Ruthven Park is pleased to share that our work restoring the Historic Gatehouse is finished. This building was built in 1867 and served as the residence for a gatekeeper who admitted visitors to the grounds at Ruthven Park. Over the years it has gone through several changes, but most recently has been returned to its original state with an addition on the side being removed and the foundation being repaired. The inside of this building is now home to the Stewardship Centre which strives to educate about the importance of ecological conservation to our visitors!

Article submitted by Michael Berry, Ecological Stewardship Coordinator, Ruthven Park

American goldfinch and monarch butterfly


Regional Meeting Reminders

We look forward to seeing representatives from our Nature Network groups at the upcoming fall regional meetings. They will be a great chance to connect with other groups in your region. You should have heard through the Nature Network Organizer and Regional Coordinator about these already, but in case you missed it, here are the dates! Please reach out to us or to your group Nature Network representative for details if you are interested in joining.

  • Carolinian East – October 21 in Acton 
  • Carolinian West – October 28 in London 
  • Great Lakes West – November 4 in Kincardine 
  • Huronia – November 4 in New Lowell 
  • Lake Ontario North – October 28 in Oshawa 
  • Northern – November 1 virtual 
  • Ontario East – October 12 virtual
Black Bay Peninsula

Interesting Links and Opportunities



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Photos © Noah Cole, James Paterson, Pete Ryan, Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren CC BY 2.0, Ruthven Park, Louis Rhys-Waters, Superior Hiking CC BY 2.0, The Other Dan CC BY-NC 2.0