Leading edge conference
The seventh-ever leading edge conference will be held in Burlington, October 4 to 6, 2006. Presented by the Niagara Escarpment Commission, the conference is focused on issues of sustainability, environmental monitoring and biosphere research. “people (attending) can walk away and explore the possibilities of how these interrelated themes can be put into action,” says Karen Carruthers, co- chair of leading edge 2006. “ we’re a very accessible conference. We welcome members of the public, from community groups and fro m government.” with more than 250 attendees and 35 speakers from government, industry and academia, the conference will also present 25 academic papers and feature 15 different discussion panels. Among the few speaking about Ontario nature’s greenway vision.

A generous donation
In June, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced its donation of $160,000 to Ontario Nature for the stewardship of our nature reserves system. The donation is part of OPG’s support for community outreach efforts that focus on the conservation of biodiversity in Ontario.

Ontario Nature’s reserves system safeguards some of the province’s best remaining examples of endangered and sensitive habitats. OPG’s donation will be directed to the management, stewardship and restoration of key areas in Ontario Nature’s 21 properties (totalling 2,045 hectares) and will contribute to the realization of its Greenway vision, in which habitat and wildlife are protected through an interconnected system of green cores as well as considerable potential for the restoration of old agricultural lands to native woodland, which will provide critical habitat for a number of key species and support the conservation of biodiversity. Such habitat will also provide an important contribution to the sequestration of greenhouse gases.

OPG supports organizations dedicated to Biodiversity Management Program, the company has helped more than 180 initiatives preserve regional biodiversity and engage in environmental stewardship and habitat restoration.

Nature network news

Ontario Nature’s 7 5th AGM a Great success!

More than 200 people gathered from June 2 to 4 for Ontario nature’s 75th annual general meeting and conference, hosted by the Kitchener-waterloo field naturalists at Wilfrid Laurier university in waterloo. The conference Was a great opportunity for participants to connect and reflect on past accomplishments and future opportunities for the protection and restoration of nature in Ontario.

Steve Hounsell, Ontario nature’s past president, gave a presentation about Ontario nature’s greenway vision of a system of connected habitat cores and corridors across Ontario. This set the stage for the greenway panel, where representatives from the land-use planning, agricultural and conservation sectors gave their views on the greenway.

On Saturday morning Alan Morgan, professor of earth sciences at the university of Waterloo, discussed the impacts of Modern society on the greenways and waterways of Waterloo region. Bill Lishman treated conference participants to an illustrated presentation about pioneering efforts with ultra-light Aircraft to establish a new flock of migrating whooping cranes in eastern North America.

Ontario nature would like to thank the Kitchener-waterloo field naturalists for its dedicated Efforts toward planning a fantastic 75th anniversary celebration. Mark your calendars for June 8 to 10, 2007, as the Peterborough field naturalists are already hard at work planning for another successful Ontario nature conference to be held at Trent University!

Ontario Nature Network is growing

Ontario nature is pleased to welcome the Friends of Point Pelee, Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association, Humber Watershed Alliance and Toronto Field Naturalists to its province-wide network of member groups.

The Friends of Point Pelee work to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Point Pelee National park. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is dedicated to the conservation of natural Resources and is working to develop a public hiking trail stretching from port hope to the Bruce Trail near Collingwood. The Humber Watershed Alliance facilitates numerous activities to conserve and restore the Humber River watershed, including community plantings, aquatic habitat enhancement and cleanups in several natural areas. The Toronto Field Naturalists encourages the enjoyment and preservation of nature.

The Ontario nature network of 141 groups protects Ontario’s nature and provides provincial Leadership in parks and protected areas, land-use planning policies and conservation science. Member groups share a strong commitment and concern for nature, which they demonstrate through their activities.