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An Exciting Time for Citizen Science

Are you an aspiring citizen scientist? All over the world, members of the public contribute to scientific research by reporting species sightings, participating in formal surveys or monitoring efforts and more. You can join these citizen scientists with the help of Ontario … Continue reading

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The Ontario BioBlitz Program

The Curator of Invertebrates at the Toronto Zoo, Tom Mason, and Managing Director of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum, Dave Ireland, were discussing ways in which the science and naturalist communities might engage non-scientists in a meaningful, participatory way … Continue reading

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For love of turtles — Local community joins forces with Land Trust

Oh, the things I have learned through two years of working with the Turtle Road Mortality Mitigation project!  I have learned, for example, that snapping turtles can climb a chain link fence, and that some turtle species don’t reach reproductive … Continue reading

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Ontario SwiftWatch: Engaging Communities in Urban Bird Conservation

Chimney Swifts are a little bird in big trouble. Sometimes described as a “cigar with wings,” these small, fast-flying, swallow-like birds spend much of their time twittering in flight as they feed on insects over cities and rural areas (Figure … Continue reading

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Volunteers Supporting Long-term Monitoring and Freshwater Health

The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) has partnered for many years with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on volunteer water-quality monitoring programs. The Lake Partner Program (LPP) is Ontario’s volunteer inland lake monitoring program. … Continue reading

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Farmers Grow Scientific Understanding of Pests Impacting Garlic Production

Though agricultural production in Haliburton County occurs on a relatively small scale, garlic is considered an important crop. It thrives despite poor soil conditions and a short growing season. Unlike other market garden crops, garlic and other products from the … Continue reading

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Engaging Youth in Environmental Stewardship

This past summer, I had the privilege of working as a Stewardship Youth Ranger (SYR) Team Lead with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Minden Field Office. I supported, inspired and worked alongside a team of four youth to accomplish stewardship projects in and around the community. As a Team Lead, … Continue reading

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Lake Stewards Recognized by NALMS

Citizen involvement in lake stewardship, and many decades of contributions to citizen science / water quality research across Ontario were part of the rationale for a recent international award presented to the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA). FOCA proudly received the Leadership and Service – Education … Continue reading

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National Forest Week Tree Excursion

On October 4th, 2015, members of the Lower Ottawa Valley section of the Ontario Woodlot Association hosted an interactive public event to celebrate National Forest Week. Residents from Kanata North and beyond were invited to learn how to identify trees and the importance … Continue reading

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Empowering Youth as Conservation Leaders

Ontario Nature believes that young people can play a special role in protecting and restoring nature. To cultivate the next generation of conservationists, Ontario Nature provides opportunities for young people of diverse backgrounds to experience and connect with nature through the Nature Guardians Youth Program. A key … Continue reading

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