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The air is crisp, the leaves have fallen, and now is the time to make the most of late fall before we tuck into winter. It’s also time to start getting ready for the holidays. You can plan to join your local Christmas Bird Count and find the perfect gift for the nature lover on your list. Keep reading to find out more.

Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve wetland


Help Us Protect Wetlands

Mark your calendars! November 29th is Giving Tuesday, a day for Canadians to give to the causes that mean the most to them. If you give to Ontario Nature this Giving Tuesday, you will be helping us to protect wetlands, which are vital for conserving biodiversity and adapting to the impacts of climate change. But you don’t have to wait until November 29th! When you donate today your gift will be matched with a donation from our friends at Quest Nature Tours (up to $7,500). Together, we hope to raise $30,000 towards protecting our essential wetlands in Ontario.


Great Cataraqui River, Inner Harbour coastal wetlands, Kingston


Kingston Groups Win Fight Against Wetland Destruction

Many groups and individuals — including Ontario Nature and our member group the Kingston Field Naturalists — opposed a proposed development that would see a past industrial site on the waterfront clearcut and part of the Provincially Significant Wetland destroyed in the name of remediation. The battle to save the trees, turtles and other wildlife there has been going on for about five years.

On September 6th, Kingston City Council voted 8–5 to deny zoning changes and an application for a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) that was needed to allow the project to go ahead, a huge victory. We hope this will help ensure that Provincially Significant Wetlands remain off limits to development.

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Give the Gift of Nature This Holiday Season

Give a special gift of nature this holiday season with a bag of bird-friendly Birds & Beans coffee and a subscription to ON Nature magazine. This special promotion is the perfect, environmentally friendly gift for a loved one. Your holiday gift of nature includes a 2023 Ontario Nature membership with five issues of our award-winning magazine, along with a bag of whole bean regular or decaf Birds & Beans coffee. Order your holiday gift of membership by December 9th for delivery before the holidays.

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Wolf Lake, Atlas-3 bird monitoring

Upcoming Webinars

Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Surveys
Join Kristen Setala, Ontario Nature’s Community Science Assisstant on November 2, 2022 from 2 to 3 p.m., as she shares stories from her spring conducting surveys for the third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas.

As part of Ontario Nature’s Protected Places Campaign, Kristen partnered with several groups across the province to conduct bird surveys in areas of conservation interest. From Wabakimi in northern Ontario to Wolf Lake in Greater Sudbury, you will hear about the significance of these areas, the groups working towards protecting them, and the birds that breed there.

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