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 Help Support Young Environmental Leaders this Giving Tuesday

Save the date! November 30, 2021 is Giving Tuesday, a day when Canadians support the causes that mean the most to them. This year Ontario Nature will be dedicating its Giving Tuesday efforts to the Nature Guardians Youth Program. Nature Guardians offers high school students multiple opportunities to participate in environmental events and campaigns that make a difference in their communities. These opportunities help young people develop the knowledge, tools and networks they need to create lasting, positive change through conservation action. Please help us reach our goal of $30,000!

Thank You for Your Support!

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our Nature Network groups for sponsoring a young person to attend the 2021 Youth Summit for Mother Earth. This year, 40 member groups sponsored 87 youths from their communities. Held September 25 and 26, the re-imagined summit brought together 92 young leaders and 12 youth mentors from 54 communities across Ontario to network with each other and discuss topics such as nature-inspired art, dealing with eco-anxiety and climate action. Your generous support made all of this possible!  

Three New Groups Join the Nature Network

Please join us in welcoming three new groups to the Nature Network: Trees for Halton Hills, Toronto Nature Stewards and Street to Trail. These groups bring with them a deep knowledge of the areas and people they serve, and a shared commitment to protecting Ontario's natural landscapes through public outreach and hands-on stewardship activities. Visit the Ontario Nature website to learn more about the groups that make up our vibrant Nature Network.        

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A Call for Bird Observations and Research

Do you have an interesting sighting or research project to share with Ontario's birding community? If so, the editors of Ontario Birds, the journal of the Ontario Field Ornithologists, want to hear from you. There must be many engaging tales to tell with so many birders collecting data for eBird and the third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas! Ontario Birds' editors will help you prepare your article, no matter how long or short, and regardless of where it is in the writing process. Please contact to take advantage of this great opportunity.

'Tis the Season for Christmas Bird Counts

Each year Christmas Bird Counts give bird lovers a reason to relish winter. This year, the counting will take place between December 14 and January 5, and the results will inform long-term studies of bird migration and population trends. If your Nature Network group is organizing a public Christmas Bird Count that you would like us to help promote, contact Lisa Richardson with your count details. If you are interested in joining a community count, visit our Christmas Bird Count webpage to see which Ontario Nature member groups are running Christmas Bird Counts this winter. 



Owen Sound Field Naturalists
  • Christmas Bird Counts, December 14, 2021 to January 5, 2022 at various locations throughout Grey and Bruce counties; for more information visit the Owen Sound Field Naturalists website.
David Suzuki Foundation and Partners
  • Planning to Win: A Yours to Protect Strategy Summit, Tuesday November 21 from 9am to 12pm; join us for this online planning session for local groups, activists and volunteers who want to work together to protect Ontario's environment. For more information or to register visit the Environmental Defence website.
Georgian Bay Association
  • Better Understanding of your Septic System, Property Insurance and How Water Fluctuations Impact the Bay's Businesses and You (Webinar), Saturday December 4 @ 10:00am; for more information or to register visit the Georgian Bay Association website.
York Simcoe Nature Club
  • Engaging Children to Learn About the Environment with Gwen Petreman (Webinar), Tuesday December 14 @ 7:30pm; to receive the webinar link contact the York Simcoe Nature Club.
  • Orchids of Manitoulin Island with Marcel Beneteau (Webinar), Tuesday January 11 @ 7:30pm; to receive the webinar link contact the York Simcoe Nature Club.
Saugeen Nature
  • Hanover/Walkerton Christmas Bird Count, Saturday December 18; for more information contact Gerard McNaughton at 519-881-3376.
Orillia Naturalists' Club
  • Nature Book of the Month for November, Monday November 15; Nancy Ironside will review "Jungle Peace" by William Beebe; for more information visit the Orillia Naturalists' Club website.
Prince Edward County Field Naturalists
  • County Dragons I have Known with David Bree, Tuesday November 30 @ 7:30pm; for more information contact Gerry Jenkison.

Upcoming Deadlines

The next issue of the Nature Network News will be sent on December 15, 2021. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2021. You can send your submissions to naturenetwork@ontarionature.orgPlease note that events can be listed up to two months ahead – allowing others to put them on their calendars well in advance.

Ontario Nature publishes the Ontario Nature Network News every month with contributions from its member groups and staff. Ontario Nature grants permission for use of the information above in member group newsletters. Please credit either Ontario Nature or the member group.

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