July 2022 conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 155-plus member groups and their supporters. Together, we are the voice for nature
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July 2022 conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 155-plus member groups and their supporters. Together, we are the voice for nature. Please share this monthly newsletter with members of your group.
ON Nature magazine Summer 2022


Simcoe AWARE Advocating for the Purest Water Known to Science!

For thousands of years, the water under the Simcoe Uplands – located in the lee of Georgian Bay, 150 kilometres north of Toronto, in the territory of Beausoleil First Nation of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council and Williams Treaties First Nations – has been filtered by its natural cover of forest and glacial sediment to an exceptional level of cleanliness.

This water has been tested for a range of pollutants by scientists in laboratories in Canada and Europe, and found to be the purest known to science! As such, it is widely used as the reference – the gold standard – in studies of other waters. But now our one-of-a-kind water resource is threatened by aggregate extraction. There are already signs of change, and groundwater used by private wells in Tiny Township is not protected by the Clean Water Act. 

Submitted by Mike Douglas of Simcoe AWARE 

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Carbon Counting Workshop

Ontario Nature’s Protected Places team has been working to determine how much carbon is stored at our nature reserves and designated conservation lands set aside by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forestry companies. Answering this question can help us protect carbon-rich ecosystems like forests and wetlands permanently.

We've met with scientists, members of Indigenous communities, environmental organizations, and Conservation Authorities to learn about their nature-based carbon projects in Ontario.   

So far, we’ve hosted two webinars, and an experts meeting. In addition, on June 7, we collaborated with the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership to hold a virtual workshop on carbon assessments. The workshop covered two carbon projects in Ontario, multiple approaches to counting carbon, and the partnership’s role in supporting Indigenous land stewardship.

If you want to improve land management, attract funding, guide future planning, advance conservation, inform research, or advance conservation, carbon assessments can help.   


Ontario Nature board of directors 2021 board retreat


Looking for Regional Directors

We need your help to ensure that Ontario Nature is there when nature needs us most! We are recruiting Regional Directors for the Carolinian East, Carolinian West and Ontario East Nature Network regions.

Working as a member of Ontario Nature’s Board of Directors, the Regional Director’s role is to foster a close relationship between Ontario Nature and regional Nature Network groups. This relationship is vital to engaging Nature Network members in Ontario Nature programs and campaigns, and to ensure that Ontario Nature is aware of regional concerns and interests which may require action. Equally important is the role of the Regional Director in fostering knowledge and skill sharing amongst Nature Network groups in their region. 

Why Should You Become a Regional Director? 

  • Be there when nature needs you most by contributing to the protection of wild species and wild spaces.
  • Volunteer alongside dedicated and fun board colleagues.
  • Influence provincial policy and priorities for nature conservation.
  • Ensure your region’s environmental priorities have a voice.
  • Set the strategic direction for a leading conservation organization that advocates for nature in Ontario.
  • Participate in enjoyable and educational board retreats and annual gatherings.
Regional Directors attend board meetings and regional meetings (virtual or in-person) and serve two-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms. Regional Directors must be Ontario Nature members and involved with a member group in their region

If you are interested, know a good candidate or would like more details, please contact Lesley Rudy, Nature Network Organizer, at lesleyr@ontarionature.org.

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You Help Us Make a Difference for Nature!

Our work advocating for more protected places, safeguarding wild species, connecting people to nature and so much more is possible because of your support – thank you! You can read about these accomplishments in our 2021-2022 Annual Report. You can also watch a recording of Caroline Schultz’s year in review from our 91st Annual Gathering, where we welcomed Ontario Nature members from across the country last month.

Kirtland's warbler, Endangered

Interesting Links and Opportunities

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See our events calendar for a complete listing of events organized by Ontario Nature and Nature Network groups.

To submit your public events for the online calendar, send them to noahc@ontarionature.org at any time and allow up to a week for posting. Please send only events that are open to the public and no more than three per month.

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