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Winter is just around the corner and although we have always looked forward to seeing our members in the spring for our Annual Gatherings, this year we are excited to host our first virtual AGM on Saturday, November 14th. All Ontario Nature members with an active membership are welcome to join the Zoom event AGM by registering online. That’s not all that’s happening, read on to see what’s coming up!

Farabout Peninsula ancient pines

Youth Summit for Mother Earth

This summer we hosted nearly 100 youth from across Ontario at our first virtual Youth Summit for Mother Earth. The Summit welcomed youth from as far as Kingsville, Cornwall Island, and Kenora; the largest range we have ever welcomed. The youth, along with 11 mentors, worked together in small groups participating in challenges and activities they could complete in their communities. Thank you to our members for supporting the next generation of young environmental leaders through your gifts. We invite you to read more about our Nature Guardians Youth Program

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eastern meadowlark on haybale nearby forest

Take Virtual Tours of Our Nature Reserves

This fall, we’ve paired up with Quest Nature Tours to bring you three virtual tours of our nature reserves. So far, we’ve explored our new Gananoque Lake Nature Reserve in the Frontenac Arch and several of our properties in the Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula. We are looking forward to presenting our last webinar of the year on November 18th where we’ll experience the unique habitat and rare wildlife at our Stone Road Alvar Nature Reserve on Pelee Island. If you are not able to watch the live presentations, you can find them all on our YouTube channel to enjoy at a time of your choosing. 

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Virtual Youth Summit for Mother Earth

Conserve the Sydenham River Watershed 

Tuesday, December 1st is Giving Tuesday, and we are raising funds to protect and restore the Sydenham River Watershed in the Carolinian Life Zone. This year we are asking for your help in raising funds to help conserve this ecologically-significant area. By visiting our Giving Tuesday campaign page on Canada Helps, you can fundraise by creating your own personal page or a fundraising team by recruiting a group of friends or coworkers. Our Board of Directors has generously committed to match the first $5,000 raised so you can double your impact! We will give you all the tools you need to reach out to your network by email and on social media. Please consider donating or mobilizing a group of nature lovers to help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 to protect this biodiverse and vulnerable habitat.

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Baltimore checkerspot butterfly

Holiday Greeting Cards Now Available

You can send a nature-filled greeting to your loved ones this holiday season with Ontario Nature’s holiday cards. This year we are featuring beautiful cardinals in an illustration titled “Stormy Retreat” by Ojibway artist Rick Beaver. You can order your cards with a nature-themed holiday message or blank on the inside. Proceeds will go directly towards protecting wild species and wild spaces in Ontario.

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Stone Road Alvar Nature Reserve butterfly identification workshop group photo

Give the Gift of Nature This Holiday Season

Give a special gift of nature this holiday season with a bag of bird-friendly Birds and Beans coffee and a subscription to ON Nature magazine. This special promotion is the perfect, environmentally-friendly gift for a loved one. Your holiday gift of nature includes a 2021 Ontario Nature membership with five issues of our award winning ON Nature magazine, along with a bag of regular or decaf Birds and Beans coffee and a holiday card from you. Order your holiday gift of membership by December 15th for Christmas delivery.

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Provincially Significant Wetlands No Longer Safe

The Government of Ontario is showing its true colours with recent moves to ride roughshod over protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands to facilitate development. Please join Ontario Nature in urging the Government of Ontario to respect and uphold protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands and to stop its misuse of Minister’s Zoning Orders.

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Procter & Gamble Advocacy Win

You spoke up for Ontario’s forests and Procter & Gamble’s decision makers heard you. Procter & Gamble manufactures their disposable tissue products using virgin forest fibre from northern Ontario forests rather than sustainable recycled materials. Thanks to public pressure, 67% of Procter & Gamble shareholders recently acknowledged that making these products from virgin forest fibre that degrades intact, unfragmented forests is a risk to their brand, and therefore, profits. You can read more about these old-growth forests in the article “Green Giants” in the fall issue of ON Nature magazine. If you haven’t already, please sign up to become an advocate for nature and to stay informed about important environmental issues that need your voice.

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