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May 2013

Celebrate Spring with Carolinian Canada

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I had never heard of Henry Van Dyke until a friend shared a quote of his with me recently: "The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." This year we are seeing just how true those words can be. In my world, spring's arrival makes me think of three things: getting the canoe out of hibernation, spending more time in the backyard, and preparing for Carolinian Canada's AGM. This year, we are thrilled to be hosting our AGM and Conservation Awards in partnership with our allies at the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER) and the Ontario Urban Forest Council (OUFC). Not only is it an impressive program this year, it is a celebration of milestones: ACER turns 30, OUFC turns 50, and Carolinian Canada is 29 (for the last time)! By the time the event takes place May 23 and 24 at Humber College, spring will surely be here and we will have an opportunity to enjoy it on walking tours of the Humber campus and arboretum. You can reserve your spot by visiting Don't let our spring fling pass you by!

Thanks to the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Parks Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment Canada and a host of other partners for supporting our programs to "Green the Future of southwestern Ontario".

Sandy Clipsham - Network Manager

May 23-24, 2013 at Humber College

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We are pleased to present our AGM this year in partnership with the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER) and Ontario Urban Forest Council (OUFC). The theme is Community Solutions In A Changing Climate: Coping With Change In Our Backyard. It will feature Conservation Awards, cross-sector panels, reporting on the latest science, and round-tables with the experts, Taking place on the grounds of the beautiful Humber College campus, this is an event you won't want to miss!
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Celebrate a Green Future

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With help from supporters like you, we are able to bring you the innovative programs that are helping to secure a green future for the Carolinian Zone. Here is what one of our members had to say about his contribution:
“We choose worthy causes using multiple factors, including: worthiness, severity, relevance, proximity, effectiveness. I chose the Carolinian Canada Coalition because for me all my factors for choosing among worthy causes are impacted. Forest removal by European settlers (and others since) greatly affects our native Carolinian system in southern Ontario.” - Peter Grover
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Standup Paddleboarding Event
July 20th, Lake Erie

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A group of 30 standup paddleboarders will take on an exciting challenge this summer to raise funds for the Lake Erie Coastal Stewardship Eco-Trail. The Lake Erie North Shore StandUp is an event that will host paddleboarders, their friends, family, local guests and Carolinian Canada staff on a 25-km adventure along the Eco Trail’s coastline from Nickel Beach, Port Colborne to Crystal Beach, Fort Erie on July 20, 2013. A beach celebration will be held at Crystal Beach from 12 – 5 pm. All are welcome. For details, visit
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Hot Topics

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Chatham-Kent has reduced its woodland and wetland cover to a greater extent than other municipalities in southern Ontario and these services to the region consequently are at high risk. As in other parts of southern Ontario, the Coalition is very concerned about such losses in Chatham-Kent as they will affect the well-being of the people of the region now and in the future.
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Landowner Leaders Program

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These all-day workshop provided participants with an opportunity to learn about species at risk, their habitats, and how to monitor and inventory species at risk and other wildlife on their property. This year CCC visited St Thomas, Pt. Franks, Delaware, Kingsville, Ridgetown, Delhi, and Woodstock.
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New Webinars Available
Landowner Leaders and Species at Risk in Action Education Kit

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Did you miss Landowner Leaders - Q&A Webinar: Caring for Carolinian Habitat on Your Land? Couldn't make it to Attendees heard from landowners who have successfully completed Habitat Action Plans on their own properties and gott a chance to ask them questions. You can catch up on what you missed on our YouTube channel.
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The book Beyond the Global City, Understanding and Planning for the Diversity of Ontario, by Gordon Nelson and colleagues, was a finalist for the Ontario Legislature's Speaker's Award for 2012. This award was established to recognize works by Ontario authors reflecting the diverse culture and rich history of the province and its residents. Special consideration is given to works focussing on Ontario's parliamentary heritage and on provincial political discourse.
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Save. Steward. Seed
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Your support helps save species, steward ecosystems and seed habitats in the Carolinian Life Zone. Together we are a strong community.
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Feature News

Food Forest Funded!
April, London
Carolinian Food Forest
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We received exciting news from the Carolinian Food Forest project. This multi-partner group has secured $4500 from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to continue with its efforts, including a number of upcoming public events in London. On Monday, April 22 - Earth Day - 1:00- 3:15 pm, they will be doing site preparation and tree planting

The Carolinian Food Forest is a 1 acre site that was started in 2012. It is planted with species native to the Carolinian ecosystem that are edible, medicinal, or play supporting roles in the system. It is located at South Branch Park, at the south end of Dillabough Street.
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The Butterfly Whisperer: Book Available
March, Lambton
Lambton Wildlife Incorporated
For Orders contact:
Gord Catterson
or Volumes Publishing
Just in time for the gardening season Lambton Wildlife Incorporated has published a beautiful new book by Brenda Kulon called The Butterfly Whisperer. With dozens of spectacular butterfly photographs by Brenda it is also chock full of valuable tips on how to attract butterflies to your garden. It is available for $35 (soft cover) and $50 (hard cover) plus postage from Gord Catterson (email above). Also available from Volumes Publishing - Click on books > non-fiction > gardening
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Sharing Science, Technology & Data
June 13-14, London
Essex Region Conservation Authority
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This bi-national workshop is aimed at water, soil and agricultural scientists and engineers who want practical solutions to common challenges.
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2013 Reptile and Amphibian Training Workshops
May, Ontario
Nature Conservancy Canada
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NCC, Ontario Nature, MNR and Queen’s University are hosting two reptile and amphibian workshops this year – one near Kingston at Elbow Lake, and one in the Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The workshops have expanded to be 3 days instead of the 2 days last year. May 14-16 at Camp Kitchikewana, and May 28 - 30 at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. $500/person/workshop (including meals and accommodations).
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Big Picture Talks

Closing Roads, Saving Salamanders

Each spring, salamanders make a dangerous pilgrimage. These nocturnal animals make their way from their forest homes to the breeding ponds where they hatched. Some salamanders, such as the Endangered Jefferson Salamander (biologists affectionately call them “Jeffs”) live up to 30 years. But when their trek involves crossing a road, many have their lives cut short. Experts are particularly concerned about the impact of road mortality to this population of already environmentally sensitive species.

In Burlington, King road creates a deadly barrier between salamanders and their breeding pools. Staff at Conservation Halton became aware of this problem around 2006. Since then, they have participated in an environmental assessment to look at options for minimizing the negative impacts road upgrades might have on the species. They determined that closing the road during the height of salamander breeding season would be a good way to help the Jeffs.

In April of 2011, the city temporarily closed the road using “voluntary” measures (i.e. signage and newspaper notices, no physical barrier). During this time, Conservation Halton staff surveyed salamander road mortality and confirmed that Jeffs were indeed being hit by vehicles.

Upon completion of the survey, Conservation Halton staff recommended adding barriers on King Road to further deter traffic. In March of 2012, the City experimented with installing various types of barricades, while Halton staff once again surveyed for roadkill. Although some motorists initially went around the barricades, the City responded by installing more substantial barriers that were ultimately successful in blocking traffic. 2012 survey results show that the closure was successful in preventing salamander roadkill.

Public response to the closure was overwhelmingly positive. The story received significant media coverage in 2012. As an added bonus, Conservation Halton also took advantage of the safer road conditions to coordinate a community cleanup along the roadside.

Dates for the road closure in 2013 are from March 18-April 8.

Kim Barrett, Conservation Halton

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Response to Bald Eagle Nest Removal
January, Norfolk
Norfolk Field Naturalists
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The Norfolk Field Naturalists sent an open letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources this past January regarding the permit given to NextEra Energy to remove an active Bald Eagle nest near Fisherville. Read the letter in its entirety on their website.
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Legal precedent will protect migratory birds from fatal window strikes
February, Toronto
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A Toronto Judge has set a significant legal precedent that will help protect migratory birds from collisions with the reflexive surface of office building windows. Click the link above to learn more.
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Pesticide Toxicity at Fault for Falling Grassland Bird Populations
February, Canada
Pierre Mineau and Mélanie Whiteside
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A recent paper released by Canadian Scientists identifies that pesticide toxicity is an important factor in falling bird populations in agricultural fields.
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Watershed Checkup
March, Ontario
Conservation Ontario
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In honour of Canada Water Week, 36 Conservation Authorities have begun to release a ‘Watershed Report Card’ to provide a picture of the state of the watersheds where we live.
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International Biodiversity Day Event Grants
May, Ontario
Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN)
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BEAN will once again be supporting the delivery of Biodiversity Day Events across the province with grants of up to $500
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2013 Ontario Conservation Areas Photo Contest
By Feb 2014, Ontario
Conservation Ontario
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Show off your favourite conservation areas for a chance to win this year's photo contest!
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Video Series Highlights How to Help Snakes and Turtles
April, Long Point
Long Point Land Trust
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Long Point Land Trust is excited to present this series of videos that provides everything from step-by-step instructions for the building of a snake hibernaculum to simple tips for landowners to help reptiles on their property.
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Great Lakes Guardian Fund Deadline Extended for Flooded Areas
by May 31st, Great Lakes Region
Government of Ontario
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Grants are available now to help communities protect and restore their area of the Great Lakes or St. Lawrence River Basin. The Ontario Government will grant up to $25000 to a project, and smaller projects are also encouraged to apply. This deadline applies to only some municipalities. Click the link to see if your municipality is covered.
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Trail On! Campaign for Windsor-Essex Trails
until May 31st, Windsor / Essex
Essex Region Conservation Foundation
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The Challenge matches all adopt-a-metre donations from now until May 31st up to $10,000.  During the challenge, each $50 donation will receive two shirts, along with two GPS coordinates of a virtual metre.  Find your metre, take a picture of yourself, your family and friends, and post it to the Foundation’s facebook page to inspire others to do the same.
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Meet the Animals
May, Cambridge
Grand River Conservation Authority
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Spring is coming to the Grand River! Come out to Meet the Animals at Laurel Creek Nature Centre and other great events arround the Grand.
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Nature on the Bruce Peninsula
May, Lambton County
Lambton Wildlife Incorporated
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Enjoy and learn about woodland spring ephemerals with native plant enthusiast, John Teasell. This trip will visit the woods at the Bright’s Grove sewage lagoons.
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Toronto Botanical Garden Tours
May, Toronto
North American Native Plant Society
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Celebrate spring by joining two NANPS tours of Toronto Botanical Garden on Saturday afternoon, May 18th.
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Baillie Birdathon is On!
May, North America
Bird Studies Canada
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Sign up for this year's Birdathon! Bird Studies Canada challenges you to Identify as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period. Funds raised benefit Bird Studies Canada, the James L Baillie Memorial Fund, and participating migration monitoring stations and conservation organizations
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Summer Solstice Garden Tour
June 23ed, Sarnia
Communities in Bloom Sarnia
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This is a tour of 10 Sarnia gardens.  Tickets go on sale June 3 at DeGroot's Nurseries, Sipkens Nurseries, LaPier's Flowers, Jenny's Floral Studio, KAY'S Petals & Plants, Praill's Greenhouse, and Flowers by Bill Bush.
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Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
August, Long Point
Nature’s Calling Environmental Education
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Nature’s Calling Environmental Education, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the Monarch Teachers Network are jointly hosting this 2-day workshop.
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18 years of Ecological Restoration
May, Walsingham
Acorus Restoration Native Plant Nursery
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Check out the Blazing Star Learning Centre's Spring program including walks, talks, and workshops. Look out for a celebration of 18 years in Ecological Restoration, and Beginners Plant Identification.
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Volunteers Needed to Help Restore 40 Acres
May 25, Amherstburg
Essex Region Conservation Authority
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The Essex Region Conservation Authority is seeking volunteers to help them restore 40 acres of habitat at the Big Creek Conservation Area in Amherstburg.

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In this Month's News

Feature News

Big Picture Talks

Member Announcements

Member Events

Why is Carolinian Canada Coalition Unique? Click here to find out. The Carolinian Canada Coalition connects people who care about nature in southwestern Ontario. Together our members give strong voice to a green future and a healthy landscape. Visit this link to support our work.

Carolinian Canada Coalition News Network: Connecting Our Community

Reach people across southwestern Ontario. If your event or announcement promotes the protection and restoration of our natural heritage in Carolinian Canada, we'd love to hear about it.

Carolinian Canada Coalition Board of Directors

Read more about the Coalition and our board here

Dr. Gordon Nelson (Chair), University of Waterloo
Scott Peck (Vice-Chair), Ontario Professional Planners Institute
Brian Craig (Secretary), Long Point Biosphere Reserve
Peter Banks (Treasurer)
Caroline Biribauer, Conservation Ontario
Tara Borwick, Stewardship Ontario
Wendy Cridland, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Douglas Desmond
Bill Graham
Mike Halferty
Mark Helm
Cara McCreary
Jim Oliver
Ron Wu-Winter

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Our Vision is to protect and restore the unique nature of southwestern Ontario's Carolinian Life Zone through effective collaboration and researched understanding for healthy, balanced and sustainable landscapes.
Yours in Conservation,

Michelle Kanter

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