As 2018 draws to a close, we’re reflecting back on some of our accomplishments for nature this past year. We could not have done it without you – our members, friends, followers and funders. With your support, we continue to be a force for nature in Ontario and there when nature needs us most.
With your help, we’re standing up against the Government of Ontario’s Bill 66. If passed, this legislation would trump critical environmental protections for land, water and wildlife across Ontario. Sign our letter to the Premier today.
We were back in federal court – represented by Ecojustice – with our partners the David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada and the Wilderness Committee, fighting to protect our pollinators from Thiamethoxam, a deadly pesticide.
Our Youth Council hosted 9 Our Special Spaces events, planting 1,500 pollinator-friendly plants with the help of over 250 volunteers. Six of our Youth Council members were recognized nationally and internationally for their environmental leadership.
We raised more than $40,000 for our Protected Places Campaign this Giving Tuesday! These funds will help us fight to ensure Canada meets its target to protect at least 17% of lands and inland waters by 2020.
Our Protected Places Declaration has been signed by over 5,000 Ontarians and endorsed by 137 organizations.
Our citizen scientists submitted a total of 435,236 records of reptiles and amphibians to our Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. These submissions help to increase the collective knowledge base of reptiles and amphibians in Ontario, and help guide important conservation efforts.
We completed a 500 metre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk at our Petrel Point Nature Reserve. Improvements to the trail will enable a more inclusive outdoor experience for people of all physical abilities while protecting the property’s sensitive fen ecosystem.
Ontario Nature’s Dr. Julee Boan and four other scientists published a peer-reviewed research paper, From Climate to Caribou, outing some in the logging industry for their harmful misinformation campaign about at-risk boreal caribou.
We hosted a number of events on our nature reserves, helping educate and connect our members with nature across the province. Some of these events included identification training, guided hikes, stewardship tips, invasive species removal best practices and more.
We launched our long-term monitoring protocols for Ontario snakes. In total, 9 sites and 216 cover boards were set up to monitor snakes in the Norfolk region. We found 132 individuals and 2 species at risk snakes.
Finally, we celebrated 87 proud years of conservation work in Ontario! Please consider making a year-end gift this holiday season to support our work to protect wild species and wild spaces through 2019 and beyond.