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The days are getting shorter and the evenings cooler as fall approaches. It’s a great time to enjoy the last bursts of summer from the late season blooms, the beginning of the bird migration and those last dips in the lake. We invite you to check out what we have planned during this wonderful time of year.

Sydenham River Nature Reserve fall planting


Join Us for a Planting Event at Sydenham River Nature Reserve

We are planting 750 trees and shrubs and want you to be a part of it! You are invited to join us for a planting event at our Sydenham River Nature Reserve in southwestern Ontario on September 24th and 25th and October 1st and 2nd.  Bring your friends and family and join us for the morning, afternoon, or all day. Participants will help us plant tulip trees, Kentucky coffee trees and spicebush while learning about this habitat restoration project with our staff and local experts.  


Sunset scavenger hunt, credit: Karli S.


There’s Still Time to Register for the Youth Summit!

Do you know an environmentally conscious youth 14 to 20 years old? From September 23rd to 25th members of Ontario Nature’s Youth Council and the Youth Circle for Mother Earth will facilitate a series of cross-cultural workshops and activities where youth gather online and in-person to learn from conservation leaders, Indigenous Elders and one another. Workshops, keynote speakers, and group activities to get participants outdoors are just a few of the offerings. For more information and to register, please visit our webpage and contact Christine Ambre, Ontario Nature’s Conservation and Education Coordinator.

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OPG Nature Guardians video, thank you

Empowering the Next Generation of Young Leaders

Ontario Nature is proud and grateful to be partnering with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for the third consecutive year as sponsors of the Youth Circle for Mother Earth. Thank you to OPG for being a vital partner in our efforts to advance conservation and youth leadership through reconciliation.

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Bird watching and habitat monitoring in a candidate protected area

Northeastern Ontario Atlas-3 Field Season

Two wildlife technicians from Ontario Nature – Abbey Lewis and Justin Kreller – traveled across northeastern Ontario this summer as part of the Northern Field Crew for the third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Project (Atlas-3). Over the span of two months, they were deployed across road-accessible regions of the Sudbury, Algoma, and Cochrane Districts. Their days began long before dawn and their mornings were spent searching for evidence of breeding birds. To assess bird species abundance and distribution, they conducted standardized point count surveys at randomized roadside locations and in wetlands. The sites they visited were also surveyed as part of Atlas-2, which allows the data collected to be directly compared with previous atlases to determine patterns and changes that have occurred. 

While the current breeding season is wrapping up, there are still three years left to contribute to Atlas-3. If you are interested in participating, please visit to find out more about how you can help.

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Conservation Award Winners 2021

Check Out our Conservation Award Winners!

The Ontario Nature Conservation Awards recognized some incredibly deserving winners this past year. Members submitted nominations from across the province to recognize their deserving conservation warrior during our annual 2021-22 Conservation Award Ceremony held on June 11th, 2022 via webinar. Read more about their contributions in the next issue of our ON Nature magazine.

Missed the opportunity to nominate your local wildlife warrior? Stay tuned for when this year’s nominations open in December.

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Painted tanager, credit Josh Vandermeulen

Explore Colombia With Us!

Join Ontario Nature board member, James Kamstra, and Quest Nature Tours on a guided trip to explore the diverse and rich landscapes of Colombia’s Magdalena Valley. Experience this eye-opening view of Colombia's feathered marvels with us in March, 2023!

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