Posts Tagged ‘ontario’

Dr. Dianne Saxe on Ontario’s Protected Land Shortfall

Dr. Saxe will be talking about the commitment Canada has made to the Convention on Biological Diversity, a major international treaty to protect at least 10% of its marine and coastal areas and 17% of its land by 2020. In her Good Choices, Bad Choices, the 2017 Environmental Protection Report, Dr. Saxe points out that…

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A guide to bats in Ontario

A guide to bats in Ontario October 31, 2018–Alex Ross Categories Species at Risk Happy Halloween! Bats have a bad rap, especially around this time of year. Thanks to Dracula, bats are seen as thirsty, bloodsucking creatures of the night but these harmless mammals play a vital role in sustaining the balance of ecosystems across…

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A Guide to Bats in Ontario

By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler As the only flying mammals in the world, bats can make an impressive claim to fame. Eight species of these nocturnal creatures live in Ontario. Agile and predatory, our bats are capable of extremely sophisticated bio-sonar, also called echolocation, meaning that they emit pulses of sound and can detect…

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2018 Bug Eye Photo competition

The Entomological Society of Ontario is seeking submissions for the 2018 Bug Eye Photo competition. All Ontario residents are eligible to submit up to 3 photographs of insects or other arthropods from Ontario and beyond. There will be prizes for the best overall photo, best Ontario insect photo, best photo by a junior entomologist (under…

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Distribution of Reptiles and Amphibians

The Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas is a citizen-science project that tracks distributions and spatial trends of reptiles and amphibians across the province over time. The over-arching goal is to increase the collective knowledge base of reptiles and amphibians. Equally important, however, is the engagement of non-scientists of all ages and abilities, in all parts…

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31 hectares of land purchased to protect rare songbird

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 1:12PM EDT  NAPANEE, Ont. — The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it’s expanding a conservation area in eastern Ontario to help protect an endangered songbird rarer than the panda. The non-profit conservation group has purchased 31 hectares of key eastern loggerhead shrike habitat north of Napanee, Ont.…

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Incurable ranavirus discovered in Ontario turtles

This spring a snapping turtle found in Hamilton’s Cootes Paradise was confirmed to have been infected with ranavirus. This potentially devastating virus has killed numerous amphibians, but this is the first time a Canadian reptile has been infected. What causes ranavirus and how is it transmitted? Ranavirus is an infectious DNA virus known to infect…

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Step into Nature with Healthy Hike

Conservation Ontario’s sixth annual Healthy Hikes campaign invites Ontarians from all backgrounds to #StepIntoNature, hike and explore at Ontario’s nearly 300 Conservation Areas. The Healthy Hikes social media campaign runs from May 7 until October 31. The theme of this year’s campaign is Nature and Mental Health and it will focus on the health and well-being benefits of nature…

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Get outside and report your sightings

It’s that time of year again when we start to see emerging turtles, salamanders, snakes and frogs! Learn more about these species and report your sightings with Ontario Nature’s Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. This citizen-science project helps to increase our knowledge base of these species, but we need your help! We’ve got a number…

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Banned pesticides found in plants at Ontario garden centres

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Banned pesticides found in plants at Ontario garden centres   Environmental groups file request for investigation under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of rights   April 18, 2018 (TORONTO) Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Ontario Minister of the Environment Chris Ballard to investigate the ongoing, and unlawful, sale of flowering…

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