EcoNews Live! | Carolinian Canada

“Restoring Resilience" has Big Impact

On October 25 and 26, over 300 conservation practitioners and interested laypeople from across Ontario converged on the Toronto Botanical Garden for the “Restoring Resilience: Big Impacts across Small Spaces” conference.  The event, co-organized with the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC), doubled as Carolinian Canada’s annual Ecosystem Recovery Forum and OIPC’s Annual General Meeting.  The forum fittingly had dual, but integrally-connected, themes: how to address the rapidly-growing problem of invasive species, and the benefits of restoring habitat with native species, even in small spaces such as private gardens, on a working landscape.

Highlight’s included two keynote talks by renowned entomologist and award-winning author Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware. With solid science, incisive wit and jaw-dropping photos (many of them of caterpillars in his own back yard), Dr. Tallamy demonstrated how essential native plants are to the food webs that support our bird and wildlife populations, and how native plants can be creatively and attractively incorporated into our back, and front, yards. 

The event included a public reception, Carolinian Canada Conservation Awards presentations, as well as talks emceed by Toronto native gardening expert and author, Lorraine Johnson. David Miller, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund - Canada (WWF) and Carolinian Canada Chair, Don Pearson, announced a new partnership called “In the Zone” that will empower city-dwellers to significantly enhance biodiversity simply by planting native species in their gardens. The conference also included informative field trips to the Rouge Valley, as well as a broad array of stimulating talks and displays from experts in the fields of ecological restoration and invasive plant management.  The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, World Wildlife Fund - Canada, Toronto Botanical Garden and the many other generous sponsors are thanked for helping make this event such a great success!

Jarmo Jalava, Director of Ecosystem Recovery

Photo: Ben Porchuck

Jarmo Jalava

Carolinian Canada's EcoNews Live! includes notices and announcements about greening the future in Canada’s deep south from many groups across the zone.

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Go Wild Grow Wild – we grew bigger and wilder!
Friday, June 23, 2017 , London

Another great event on the books for Go Wild Grow Wild. The venue was jam packed with 90 exhibitors, including 31 new partnerships, 5 workshop areas with 24 speakers including David Lee, a.k.a the Passionate Paddler, Lorraine Johnson and Jody Allair from Bird Studies Canada. Over 3,200 adventurers, gardeners, nature lovers, green living folks and families experienced Go Wild Grow Wild thanks to the support of 75 volunteers and 30 sponsors and partners. We look forward to building on the success of the 3 years for April 7, 2018 scheduled expo!

Help wildlife thrive, one garden at a time.
Monday, June 19, 2017

If you live in Canada’s Carolinian Zone – a biodiverse ecoregion nestled between the Great Lakes, stretching from Toronto to Windsor – it’s possible that your little piece of Canada was once part of an old growth forest or wetland home for wildlife. You can help restore the Carolinian Zone to its natural state and protect the region’s incredible diversity of wildlife by gradually transforming your green spaces into garden habitats with In the Zone, a new native gardening program by WWF-Canada and Carolinian Canada.

Growing a Green Future in Canada's Deep South
Thursday, June 29, 2017 , London

AGM 2017: The Strategy Sessions

June 29, 2017 : Innovation Works, 201 King St., London Ontario

All Welcome. Register at

Growing a green future is everybody's business. These interactive sessions are for everyone who cares about healthy and climate-smart communities from Toronto to Windsor.

Grow Wild Workshop: Getting In the Zone to Help Native Species Thrive at Home
Saturday, February 11, 2017 , London

Join us for a wonderful ecological garden educational and training event. Designed to draw interest in the recently launched program, "In the Zone," (, we will inform and train Backyard Leaders - experienced gardeners who will help guide and assist others in their neighbourhoods/communities in joining In the Zone by planting a few or many native species. 10 - 3pm; Saturday February 11th, 2017 at London Public Library, Main Branch; Stevenson and Hunt Room. Event is free but lunch is not provided.  

Hosted by Carolinian Canada and London Middlesex Master Gardeners

Exhibitors: Register NOW for Go Wild Grow Wild 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016 , London

The clock is ticking… Registration is now open until January 15, 2017 for Go Wild Grow Wild Expo 2017. Complete your online registration now to save your spot for Go Wild Grow Wild 2017 Expo at the Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair Grounds on April 8, 2017.

Don’t miss your chance to connect with Adventurers, Gardeners, Nature Lovers, Families and Green Living at this exciting and growing expo!

Previous exhibitors are pre-approved.

Late fees are applicable after January 15, 2017.

Volunteer Positions Available
Saturday, April 8, 2017 , London

Last year, Go Wild Grow Wild got a real boost from the community.  Over 60 volunteers supported the expo with over half being local high school students!  We value this support and look forward to gathering a great team again this year.

There are many opportunities to volunteer for Go Wild Grow Wild and gain valuable experience and skills.  Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.  We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Community Outreach Coordinator – all year
  • Community Outreach Volunteer – all year
  • Volunteer Coordinator – January – April, 2017
  • Expo Volunteer – Friday April 7 and Friday 8, 2017
  • GWGW Guide Curators – all year
Carolinian Canada at Seedy Saturday
Saturday, March 4, 2017 , London

Come out to Learn and Shop at London Middlesex Master Gardeners 10th annual Seedy Saturday! This annual event offers the best value in town for Seeds, Supplies, Advice and also helps expand home gardeners’ knowledge of environmental issues and growing practices. Come meet Carolinian Canada experts at our booth and learn about upcoming In The Zone gardening program with World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Go Wild Grow Wild 2017 - We've Set a Date!
Saturday, April 8, 2017 , London

Go Wild Grow Wild 2016 was an amazing day and the feedback has been positive with people saying “I want more” and “Do it again”! So we have booked the day and we want you to mark it too!

Saturday April 8, 2017
Metroland Media Agriplex,
Western Fair District
London, ON

Feature News

Forests Ontario Annual Conference: Early Bird Registration Until December 31!
Friday, February 10, 2017 , Alliston

Join over 300 landowners, forestry professionals, and forest enthusiasts at Forests Ontario's Annual Conference on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at the Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston. This year we will be exploring #ItTakesAForest and the role that our forests play in our everyday life from climate change mitigation to health and wildlife habitat

Big Impacts Across Small Spaces…
Friday, November 11, 2016

Tallamy talks nature in Toronto. Toronto… and nature? Yes, Toronto, the city of over 6 million people. It might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of re-building the natural world. But Doug Tallamy,  an entomologist from the University of Delaware, was invited specifically to talk about using native to plants in city gardens and yards to attract insects to create new pockets of teaming wildlife, helping recover the earth’s vastly withered naturescape. With thousands of homes with backyards adjacent to many large natural ravines, Toronto is primed to receive a major ‘nature face-lift’ in all of those front yards.

Celebrate 100 Years of Bird Conservation

Take the pledge!

A hundred years ago, Canada and the United States signed a treaty to protect birds: the Migratory Birds Convention. A century later, it’s your turn to sign your “personal treaty” for the protection of birds where you are. Download your pledge certificate and choose one of the eight ways of “taking birds under your wing”: keep an eye on your pets outdoors, make your windows bird safe, avoid using pesticides and chemical fertilizers, help reduce climate change, report the birds you spot and participate in citizen science programs, make your yard a haven for birds, use products from sustainable farming/fishing/forestry, and get involved or donate to a nature conservation group.

The role of native species in urban forest planning and practice: A case study of Carolinian Canada

Andrew Almas (Ph.D. candidate, M.ES) of the School of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto has published a research article about native tree species of Carolinian Canada in Volume 17 of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening:

In recent years, many North American municipalities have adopted urban forest management plans. These plans typically include ambitious tree planting goals, with a focus on increasing native species’ presence. Having a high percentage of native species can increase ecological integrity, but there are also benefits associated with planting non-native trees in urban forests. The possibility of using assisted migration as a way for cities to respond to climate change raises additional questions about the importance of managing for native species. This study explores the ways native tree species are treated in urban forestry planning and practice in light of on-going debates around ecological integrity, non-native benefits, and assisted migration through a case study of municipalities in Carolinian Canada (Ontario, Canada)

The author has generously offered the article for free to anyone interested. You can request the full article by email:

Dorchester Mill Pond Frog Pond Sign Unveiled - EcoTrails in Action!

EcoTrails in Action! Check out the frogs at The Mill Pond, Dorchester Ontario's EcoTrail #ilovefrogs #ccecotrails #caroliniancanada

The Mill Pond is one of the pilot trails to join Carolinian Canada's EcoTrails program. Carolinian Canada staff and friends have spent many hours walking its beautiful trails - don't take our word for it, though, get out and enjoy it!

Carolinian Canada in the Media

UN recognizes international significance of old-growth forest
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Natural habitat for endangered species preserved
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
LaSalle receives Carolinian Canada Conservation award for LaSalle Woods
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Articles and Stories

Woodland Restoration Project
Monday, December 12, 2016 , London

Welcome to our living laboratory of Native and Carolinian trees, shrubs and wildflowers! Located between Wonderland Road and the former Wonderland Gardens, in London Ontario. We invite you to explore our hectare and a half - connect with nature, sit and read a book, stroll along our woodchip paths, or simply come and enjoy the seasonal changes in foliage, flower and fruit.

Planting Pollinator Paradise Across the City of Hamilton
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 , Hamilton

Urban environments have the potential to support large numbers of pollinators.

This can seem surprising since often, when we think of conservation and restoration projects, we think of large-scale areas--certainly not residential gardens. But it turns out, pollinators are happy in small areas too.

Current research is showing that cities can play a major role in ensuring pollinators survive. According to the Urban Pollinators Project (Bristol University), half of Germany’s entire bee fauna have been found in Berlin and 35% of British hoverfly species were sampled in a single Leicester garden. In several cases, more diverse and abundant populations of native bees live in cities than in nearby rural landscapes (Conservation Biology).

Urban habitats are good for pollinators because there is diversity of plants in gardens, and less use of pesticides than in agricultural areas. But working in urban areas means thinking at a different scale and focusing on spaces that have been traditionally overlooked. As well, community members and groups need to be full partners at the table.

Exhibitor Profile: Tree Climbing Canada
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

TREE CLIMBING CANADA is Canada's first and currently only GOTC (Global Organization of Tree Climbers) recognised Facilitator/ Instructor.

Tree Climbing Canada is a Recreational Tree Climbing Company/ Organization.  We are the voice of recreational tree climbing in Canada and we also offer adventures and experiences in the treetops, with the use of a rope and harness.

Member Announcements

Ontario Granting Resources
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Looking for funding for your organisation or projects? Check out this pdf of granting resources provided by Stewardship Network of Ontario, created for SNO by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association. It lists both public and private sources of funding and is current as of October 2015.

Calling all Gardening Volunteers!
Seedy Saturdays (or Sundays or Mondays) are a series of non-profit, public events across the country. They are organized by individuals and community groups that see a need for gardeners, seed companies, nurseries, gardening organizations, historic sites, and community groups to have a low-cost local venue where they can learn from one another, exchange ideas and seeds, and purchase seeds and plants in a comfortable, social setting.
Are you interested in volunteering on behalf of the OIPC at one of these events, or is your organization already attending and can bring some OIPC resources? If so, we have a volunteer package ready to be mailed to you that includes our resources, our membership form and a Q and A sheet, to answer any OIPC-related questions you may have or get from those attending the event.
If you are interested, please email Allison at OIPC:
Harvard University Bullard Fellowships in Forest Research
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Annually Harvard University awards a limited number of Bullard Fellowships to individuals in biological, social, physical and political sciences and the arts to promote advanced study or the integration of subjects pertaining to forested ecosystems. The program seeks to allow mid-career individuals to develop their own scientific and professional growth by utilizing the resources and interacting with personnel in any department within Harvard University. In recent years Bullard Fellows have been associated with the Harvard Forest, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the J. F. Kennedy School of Government and have worked in areas of ecology, forest management, policy and conservation. Stipends up to $60,000, are available for periods ranging from six months to one year and are not intended for travel, graduate students, or recent post-doctoral candidates. Applications from international scientists, women, and minorities are encouraged. Additional information is available on the Harvard Forest web site. Annual deadline for applications is February 1st.

Citizen Science Questionnaire
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Calling all Citizen Scientists! Your input is highly valued for a study on the impacts of citizen science participation. By participating you will be helping to uncover the relationships between wellbeing, sustainable behaviour, and connection to nature in the context of citizen science. The questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Member Events

Eco Folk 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017 , London
Nature in the City
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 , London

A free six-part series of illustrated talks about nature in and around the City of LondonSix Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St. The goal of the Nature in the City series is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Let’s do this together by sharing information and stimulating an interest in the natural world around us.

January 24Invasive plants Daria KoscinskiJanuary 31Natural London in earlier times Mhairi McFarlaneFebruary 7Geographic variations in birdsong Beth MacDougall-ShackletonFebruary 14Wetlands Chris SmartFebruary 21Meadowlily Woods Dave Wake

Biodiversity Without Boundaries Conference
Sunday, April 9, 2017 to Thursday, April 13, 2017
, Ottawa

This will be the first time the annual NatureServe conference will be hosted in Canada and is timed to coincide with Canada's 150th celebrations. The conference convenes hundreds of the world’s leading conservationists for a series of plenaries, symposia, workshops, panels, presentations, and field sessions.

NatureServe Canada is very excited to be hosting and are encouraging their members, partners and "partners to be" to join in as presenters, attendees and sponsors.

MEC Upcoming Races and Weekly Bike Maintenance Workshops
Saturday, March 11, 2017, Saturday, April 15, 2017, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Sunday, July 9, 2017, Saturday, September 9, 2017, Saturday, October 21, 2017 , London

Weekly Events
Bike Maintenance 101 / Nordic Waxing 101 – Thursday Nights 7pm
Bike Maintenance 101 – Saturday Morning 9:30am
Bike Maintenance 201 – Saturday Morning 11:00am
Backcountry 101s – Saturday 11am (Varying Topics)

Races for Upcoming Season
Race 1 – March 11th
Race 2 – April 15th
Race 3 – May 27th
Race 4 – September 9th
Race 5 – October 21st 

Century Ride – July 9th Toboggan Brewery

Walk or Ride for Multiple Sclerosis
Sunday, April 30, 2017, Sunday, May 7, 2017, Sunday, May 28, 2017, Sunday, July 9, 2017, Saturday, July 29, 2017, Sunday, July 30, 2017, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Sunday, August 13, 2017, Sunday, August 20, 2017, Sunday, September 17, 2017

The MS Society has two major fundraising projects – MS Walk and MS Bike. Between these two projects, over 60 events are held across the province between April and September to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.

Save the Date! National Invasive Alien Species Forum
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Thursday, March 2, 2017
, Ottawa

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species will be hosting their 3rd National Invasive Alien Species Forum on Tuesday, February 28th until Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Participants from all levels of government, Indigenous organizations, businesses, professionals, academia and non-profits are invited to improve coordination and information sharing on invasive species prevention and management across Canada.

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