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Summer is in full swing and so is our conservation team! Ontario Nature’s expert biologists are visiting our nature reserves to do BioBlitz’s, monitor endangered species, and plan habitat restoration. We are grateful to our members for making this important work possible! We have some exciting news and upcoming events. Read on for more details!

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Southern Ontario Nature Coalition Report

Ontario Nature partnered with the Southern Ontario Nature Coalition and others on a project to identify needs and opportunities for a Near-Urban Nature Network that builds on Ontario’s Greenbelt and can serve as a model for other urban regions across the country. The final report, A Solution to Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss, includes key findings and recommendations for protecting near-urban nature and collaborating across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 

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Explore the Your Protected Places Story Map

Working with many partner organizations, we recently released a collective, interactive Story Map of places local groups and individuals would like to see protected across the province. Learn more about important opportunities and explore new sites we have added since our May webinar! As the government explores potential expansions to Ontario’s protected areas system, we need to increase public pressure and expectations. If you are part of any efforts to permanently protect a natural area near you and would like to add to our Story Map, let us know here

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Take a virtual tour of our Sydenham River Nature Reserve 

Caroline Schultz and Smera Sukumar took us on a virtual tour of our Sydenham River Nature Reserve and the spectacular 100 acres we are working towards acquiring. You are invited to see firsthand the impact of your support at a restoration planting event at this reserve on September 25th and 26th. Keep an eye out for your invitation this August! If you didn't have a chance to watch the live webinar, you can watch a recording on our YouTube channel.

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Protect Your Share of Carolinian Forest Habitat!

You can protect more threatened Carolinian forest habitat in southwestern Ontario by helping us grow our Sydenham River Nature Reserve. Your gift today will help to permanently protect a 100-acre property adjacent to our existing reserve. This is a large core habitat area that provides refuge for 38 species at risk and 28 rare species found on or nearby the property. You will also help to maintain the health of the Sydenham River watershed and the many at-risk aquatic species it supports. We hope you’ll join us in this conservation effort!

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What's the Buzz About?

We are excited to welcome conservation biologist Peter Soroye along with Ontario Nature Youth Council member Jessica Yu for a live webinar about pollinators on Tuesday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m. Wild pollinators are important for keeping our landscapes across Ontario healthy and thriving, but the wild bees in your backyard are also far more diverse and even more incredible than you might realize! Join us to learn about the different pollinators in your backyard, the extraordinary strategies that they use to thrive, the threats they’re facing, and what you can do to help them to keep buzzing on. Register now to secure your spot. We hope you’ll bee there!

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Our 2020 Year in Review

We welcomed Ontario Nature members and nature lovers from across the country last month for our 90th Annual Gathering and 2020-21 year in review. If you weren’t able to catch the live presentation, you can watch a recording on our YouTube channel and read about our accomplishments in our Annual Report. Our work is possible thanks to your support – thank you.

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Fighting Back Against Climate Change

Ontario Nature recognizes that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Nature-based solutions are at the core of our work to help mitigate these threats. We are fighting back by protecting more land through our nature reserves program, including vulnerable wetlands that store vast amounts of carbon. We are supporting resilient northern forest habitats through our Boreal Program by promoting sustainable development to safeguard ecosystems. You can read more about how Ontario Nature is fighting back against climate change on our campaign webpage.

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Staying Connected through the Pandemic

Our Nature Guardians Youth Program participants are high school aged youth who take action for the environment through nature-based experience and leadership development to inspire and grow the next generation of conservation leaders in Ontario. Despite the pandemic, our Youth Circle for Mother Earth’s coordinating circle continue to meet virtually which included an online retreat series to learn about cross-cultural literacy and working to bridge the gap between Western science and Indigenous knowledge systems. You can read about the retreat and how you can nominate youth aged 15-27 to join the Youth Circle for Mother Earth by reading our blog: Staying Connected and Learning During the Pandemic.

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