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Hart’s Tongue at Canada Blooms

At Canada Blooms, the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance garden by Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping contains many Hart’s Tongue Ferns, which are rare wild plants living on parts of the Niagara Escarpment. They are assessed as a species of special concern as they may become endangered. They can’t easily be transplanted but fortunately, can be
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Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch’s High School Scholarship Competition 2017

We just received this good news for high school students: The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch is pleased to announced that thanks to the continued sponsorship of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and Restaurant the scholarship programme will continue for 2017. A $500.00 scholarship will be made available to the winner of the competition once the winner provides
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Two Days, Two Walks

Written by Gloria Hildebrandt Yesterday I took a long 45-minute walk around my property with the dogs after lunch. I stayed off Evergreen Hill because the wind was so strong. It roared overhead and the tree branches were clacking, hitting each other with a loud sound. The deep snow had melted down a bit over
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Extraordinary Tree Speaker Series and Exposition

This news just in: If you’ve ever stopped and looked up at a tree; if you’ve ever marvelled at its reach and dynamic character; if you’ve ever wondered how it got there, and what would happen if it were taken away, then you will find value in this unique lecture series. It is, at its
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Monarch Waystation Farfalla Fermata Di Milton Educational Celebration!

MiltonGreen Environmental Association (M.G.E.A.) is proud to be partnered with the Italian Canadian Club of Milton (I.C.C.M.) and Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.) to enhance the 128 square feet of pollinator habitat registered last year as Milton’s first Monarch Waystation with Monarch Watch. This collaborative project tying a native-species planting and artistic educational activities celebrating the Niagara Escarpment with a barbeque lunch for volunteers is scheduled for Sunday June 5th from 9:45am-3pm; email info@miltongreen.org for a volunteer application.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates Ontario’s Escarpment a biosphere reserve as an internationally significant ecosystem for its special environment and unique environmental plan. Biosphere reserves strive to conserve the diversity of plants, animals and micro-organisms which make up our living “biosphere” and maintain healthy natural systems while, at the same time, meeting the material needs and aspirations of an increasing number of people. Also, 2011-2020 is the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity aiming to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. Its goal is to mainstream biodiversity at different levels.

“MiltonGreen is thrilled to be part of enhancing the Monarch Waystation to increase our local habitat for important pollinator insects. The ICCM has generously provided land for native larval host plant species including Butterfly & Common Milkweed.” ~Eleanor Hayward RMT, President & Chair, MiltonGreen Environmental Association.

By maintaining a Monarch Waystation, we are contributing to monarch conservation, an effort that will help assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon. Pollinator species provide a key ecosystem service vital to the maintenance of both wild and agricultural plant communities. Declines in the health and population of pollinators pose what could be a significant threat to the integrity of biodiversity, global food webs, and human health. At least 80% of our world’s crop species require pollination to set seed. An estimated one out of every three bites of food comes to us through the work of animal pollinators.

We are grateful to our sponsor Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network.

MiltonGreen is a team of local residents who enjoy nature and learn together about eco-consciousness. We work towards a common mission of connecting and empowering the community with sustainable solutions to enhance the health of our ecosystem. Human well-being depends on supporting the web of life with our daily choices. Think globally! Act locally! Contribute to the well-being of the planet by helping us focus on our community. www.miltongreen.org

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Frogwatcher Hikes at Mountsberg

Just in from our friends at Conservation Halton: Spring fever is in the air right now as male frogs are getting ready to sing in full chorus to attract mates. This annual nature phenomenon can be witnessed in the forests and wetlands of Mountsberg Conservation Area where you can join in our interesting and informative
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Sauble Beach Plover Found Wintering in Florida!

Great news from Stewardship Grey Bruce! A Piping Plover chick hatched at Sauble Beach in 2015 successfully spent its first non-breeding season in Levy County, Florida (Gulf side, northern part of the peninsula–west of Gainesville for curious snow-birders). This is known from active groups in Florida and the Caribbean, monitoring the birds’ presence on their wintering
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SONSI Travelling Members’ Exhibit 2016 at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area

The Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators’ Travelling Members’ Exhibit is moving to its second venue, the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, on January 16th and will exhibit there until February 28th, 2016.

This is SONSI’s fifth annual members’ exhibit since the group formed in 2010, and was originally displayed at the Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre at Dundas Valley Conservation Area in Hamilton, in Fall 2015.

For the first time, SONSI has chosen a theme for the exhibit: The Natural and Cultural History of Southern Ontario, with subject matter ranging from historical reconstruction to native plants and animals. The theme allows SONSI members to showcase their dedication to illustrating the natural environment of our region and their commitment to sharing this dedication with a larger community of art and nature lovers.

The Ball’s Falls Conservation Area is beautiful in all seasons of the year, winter being no exception. Getting out to experience the delights of the winter season can give you a much-needed physical and mental boost. And when you come in to warm up, you can view inspiring nature and science themed art and illustrations by members of SONSI.

Exhibit hours are 9am-4pm daily.
For more information about the historic Ball’s Falls Conservation Area please visit their website at <npca.ca/conservation-areas/balls-falls>.

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Latornell Conference 2015 Focus on Climate Change

“Weathering Change – Navigating a New Climate” was the theme of the 2015 Latornell Conservation Symposium. The opening plenary session on Nov. 17 featured Blair Feltmate, associate professor in the Faculty of Environment at University of Waterloo. His keynote address was “Unnatural Alliances: Ecological and Financial Interests Align Under Climate Change.” His main point was
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Choose the Best Christmas Tree

By Shelley McKay, Director of Communications & Development, Forests Ontario Forests Ontario would like to encourage Ontarians to purchase real, locally-grown trees. After all, a real tree is the better environmental choice. It seems that many Ontarians agree. Nearly half (48.3%) of respondents in a recent Ontario-wide poll chose real Christmas trees as the environmentally friendly
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