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Winter is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to start getting ready for the holidays and find the perfect gift for the nature lover on your list. Read on to for the latest nature news in the last Loon Call of the year!

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Protect Vulnerable Habitats

Mark your calendars! November 28th is Giving Tuesday, a day for Canadians to give to the causes that mean the most to them. If you give to Ontario Nature this Giving Tuesday, you will be supporting our nature reserves, which protect and restore vulnerable habitats. But you don’t have to wait until November 28th! If you donate today your gift will be matched with a donation from Quest Nature Tours (up to $18,000). Together, we hope to raise $40,000 to safeguard habitat for at-risk wildlife and protect biodiversity. 

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Protect Black Ash Trees

After a two-year delay in providing any protection whatsoever for the endangered black ash under the Endangered Species Act, 2007, the Government of Ontario is now due to implement the law. Instead of making up for lost time, however, the government is proposing to severely limit protections for the species and its habitat going forward through a “conditional exemption” (ERO 019-7378).


All in all, the proposed exemption would deny legal protection for most black ash trees and their habitats across their range in Ontario. It defies the spirit and intent of the Endangered Species Act, 2007, which calls for a precautionary approach to protecting and recovering species at risk. Please join Ontario Nature and thousands of other Ontarians in opposing the proposed conditional exemption for black ash and demanding protection for the species and its habitats across Ontario. The deadline for comment is November 2, 2023.


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Give the Gift of Nature This Holiday Season

Give a special gift of nature this holiday season with a bag of bird-friendly Birds & Beans coffee, a subscription to ON Nature magazine and a 2024 Ontario Nature membership. This special promotion is the perfect, environmentally-friendly gift for a loved one. Order your holiday gift of membership by December 10th for Christmas delivery.

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Save Wolf Lake!

Located in the Temagami wilderness region, the 1,600 hectare Wolf Lake Forest Reserve is by far North America’s largest remaining old-growth, red pine forest. Most of the trees in the forest are old growth, some of which are 300-plus years of age. Despite promises to protect the forest dating back to 1999, it continues to be threatened and degraded.

Please join Ontario Nature, the Wolf Lake Coalition and thousands of other Ontarians in urging the Government of Ontario to halt mining activities in Wolf Lake Forest Reserve and add the forest to Chiniguchi Waterway Provincial Park. This is a golden opportunity to fulfil a decades-old promise and protect a critically endangered ecosystem while contributing to national and international biodiversity goals.

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Help Us Protect More Places

Canada has committed to the global biodiversity targets of protecting 30% of its lands and waters by 2030. Throughout Ontario, there are areas with significant ecological, cultural, and social value that could contribute to this target if they were protected.

Ontario Nature, through collaboration with our partners, has identified potential areas for protection on our Story Map. As Ontario Nature members you can provide valuable insight into identifying candidate areas for protection. We know there are areas of significance to your communities that are yet to be protected. Now is the chance to make your voice heard. Please submit areas that you feel need protection to be featured on the Story Map.



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Get Your Ontario Nature Greeting Cards

Wish your family and friends a festive holiday season with our exclusive 2023 greeting cards featuring a stunning fox illustration by Indigenous artist Amy Keller-Rempp. Proceeds support our work to protect wild species and wild spaces in Ontario. Get yours while supplies last! To ensure that your greeting cards arrive in time for the holidays, please place your order no later than December 10th.

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