Conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 155-plus member groups in the May 2022 newsletter. Together, we are the voice for nature.
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Conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 155-plus member groups in the May 2022 newsletter. Together, we are the voice for nature.
eastern meadowlark, Threatened Species At Risk in Ontario


Get Out the Vote

The 2022 provincial election is on June 2, and we need people to vote for nature! We have lots of resources on our election webpage. You can read the responses to the Green Prosperity coalition’s questions to parties about the environment. Please share our election resources with your members to help spread the word that nature needs us in this election!


Grey wolf


AGM Update

Given the uncertainty with COVID-19, we have decided to hold our 91st Annual General Meeting by Zoom video conference. At the AGM we will elect new directors, approve the 2021-2022 Audited Financial Statements, announce Conservation Award winners and report on the highlights of 2021. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a fun nature quiz. Please join us on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 


piping plover chick, endangered species at risk in Ontario


Wasaga Beach Piping Plover Recovery Program

The Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park are continuing to support the Piping Plover Recovery Program through applications to the Species at Risk Fund, which helps provide staff, supplies and equipment to the Piping Plover Recovery effort at the park. Unfortunately, Ontario Piping Plover populations have been declining in recent years. The Friends and the Plover Guardians are excited about the return of the first plover of the season that arrived on April 18th. By April 29th a total of 4, have returned. The beach will be monitored by Park staff, along with the Friends in collaboration with Birds Canada. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Lindsey


Hamilton and Burlington Bird-Friendly Cities

The Peregrine Falcon continues to generate excitement in Hamilton after being named as the official city bird. Featured in a well-publicized monitoring program that safeguards peregrines nesting at the downtown Sheraton Hotel, the peregrine took first place in the survey by the Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington Team. Hamilton became the sixth city in Canada achieve a Bird Friendly City designation from Nature Canada. The Hamilton Community Peregrine Falcon Project website is loaded with excellent pictures and a live video stream.

In Burlington, the trumpeter swan was named the city bird. The Trumpeter Swan Restoration Group has been a strong advocate for the protection of swans that spend their winters at La Salle Park. Burlington is the seventh city in Canada to earn a Bird Friendly City designation.

Shared by Gord McNulty of the Hamilton Naturalist’s Club
Ontario Master Naturalist Program

Master Naturalists

Calling all nature enthusiasts! Join Lakehead University this summer for the Ontario Master Naturalist – Summer 2022 Certificate Program, running from June 9 – August 11! You will enhance your identification skills, expand your knowledge of Ontario plants and wildlife and learn more about environmental stewardship in this community-based education program. The program includes eight learning modules taught in a hybrid model (Geology & Anthropology, Mammals, Plants, Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians, Wetlands, Invasive Species, Insects) and live weekly webinars with the course instructors.

learn more

Wilfred G Crozier Nature Reserve


  • A Letter to the Editor about recent environmental deregulation in Ontario written by two of our board members.
  • An op-ed about urban sprawl written by Victor Doyle.
  • We publish interesting blog posts weekly about topics ranging from bees to peat to protected areas. 
  • Environmental Defence also has a great webpage on election issues.
  • The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists successful advocacy work
Friends of Wye Marsh


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