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Spring is just around the corner and we are looking forward to visiting Ontario Nature’s Nature Reserves to welcome the familiar sights of birds migrating and spring flowers peeking out. This transition brings new life and reminds us of the renewed beauty that we work to defend and protect with your support. Thank you for taking action for the environment by being a part of Ontario Nature. Read on for what’s coming up!

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We are Demanding Immediate Action on Plastics

Ontario Nature has joined with 28 partner organizations to urge the government of Canada to take immediate action to add plastic manufactured items to the list of toxic substances included in Schedule 1 of Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). This listing is a necessary first step to enact regulations through the CEPA to prohibit the sale and use of harmful plastic products while working towards achieving Canada’s goal of zero plastic waste by 2030. 

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Ontario Nature’s 90th Annual Gathering is Going Virtual

You are invited to join us virtually from the comfort of your home for Ontario Nature’s 90th Annual Gathering in early June. We will host our Annual General Meeting, share conservation highlights from 2020, present our conservation awards, and host nature-inspired activities. There will also be a virtual silent auction to bid on! Keep an eye out on our Annual Gathering webpage for more details over the coming weeks. 

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Nominate a Conservation Leader 

Do you know someone who has made a meaningful contribution to protecting nature in Ontario? The Ontario Nature Conservation Awards recognize excellence by honouring individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations for protecting nature in Ontario. Award recipients will be announced at our 90th Annual General Meeting and featured in the fall issue of ON Nature magazine. Let’s celebrate and honour those who act for nature in Ontario. Read the Conservation Awards flyer or visit our awards webpage for details and submit your nominations by March 26th.

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Voice Your Support to Strengthen the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

The plan that addresses long-term environmental issues in Lake Simcoe and its watershed is up for its required 10-year review. The watershed includes parts of the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Greenbelt, and holds Provincially Significant Wetlands, woodlands and prime agricultural areas that are under immense threat from development. Read our blog Six Priorities for Improving the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and sign our Action Alert today to strengthen environmental policies in the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. Today is the last day to make your voice heard!

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Renew Your 2021 Ontario Nature Membership

There’s no better way to support nature than with your 2021 Ontario Nature membership gift. We have so much planned for nature in 2021 and want you to be a part of it. Renew your membership today or you can become a Friend of Nature monthly donor to keep your membership current without the need to renew annually. Your membership includes a quarterly subscription to ON Nature magazine, invitations to exclusive events and webinars, and a chance to be a part of protecting nature in Ontario. Our supporters are the backbone of our work and we are grateful to have such a dedicated and loyal membership community.

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Canada’s New Protected Places Commitment

The Canadian government has committed to protecting 25% of Canada’s land and inland waters by 2025 and 30% by 3030. We are working to advocate for Ontario’s share of protected land by asking our provincial political parties to outline their commitment and for a pledge to meet our provincial targets. You can read more in our blog Protected Areas: Picking Up the Pace Post-2020 and explore our protected areas StoryMap, featuring numerous protected areas we have identified, in partnership with community groups, Indigenous colleagues, and industry partners.

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Has Ontario Abandoned Integrated Watershed Planning?

Join Dr. Anne Bell, Ontario Nature’s director of conservation and education and Dr. Anastasia Lintner of the Canadian Environmental Law Association on March 16th for a webinar about watershed planning in Ontario. The webinar will review the history of and legal framework for Ontario’s Conservation Authorities and will discuss the implications of recent legislative amendments for biodiversity and community well-being. If you can’t watch the webinar live, you can watch it later along with recordings of past webinars on our YouTube channel.

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