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Register for AGM and win a prize

Our AGM is coming in 3 weeks, on Saturday March 2nd. Registering in advance helps us to plan ahead and also allows us to purchase the right amount of refreshments and treats. Registering in advance also enters you into a draw for the engaging book Ontario Forests: A Historical Perspective. Also a reminder, membership renewal is now due… you can renew online by credit card in just a minute, or download a form for mail-in payment by cheque.

How Trees Talk to Each Other

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes through this engaging TEDtalk.

Update: Bill 66

An update, further to our January 20 direct email to members: the provincial government announced it will be removing Schedule 10 from Bill 66. The schedule 10 “open-for-business” by-laws would have overridden protections for water, natural heritage and farmland in municipalities across Ontario. Read details at ontarionature.org

AGM Guest Speaker Annoucement

Our AGM will take place Saturday, March 2, starting at 10AM, at Grey Roots Museum. Our featured guest will be Rob Klea of New Trail Forest Therapy, based on the Bruce Peninsula, who will give a presentation “Taking In What the Forest Has to Offer”:

When John Muir wrote “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”, he was describing an experience that many have when spending time in a forested environment. It turns out that these experiences are beginning to be better understood through science. Come and learn why “taking in what the forest has to offer” may be one of the best “multivitamins” to support optimal health and wellbeing.

For a preview and some background on Forest Therapy, read Rob’s article in our latest member newsletter. Watch for the official AGM Notice + details coming direct by email (or by snail-mail for our postal members) within the next week. Registration will open at that time.

Reminder: Night Hike on Monday

Join members and their guests to try your skill & luck to prowl for owls on a guided night hike Monday evening starting at 7PM. Details and registration click here.

One week until our Full-moon Night Hike!

Join members and their guests for a guided night-hike under the full moon through the magical woods of Sulphur Spring Conservation Area, hoping to hear or even see owls, Monday January 21st at 7PMclick here for details and registration (member password required).

Retaining viable Ash seed: You can help

The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) needs your help to find trees with viable ash seed to bank ahead of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) impact, and to find trees that have survived an EAB infestation without being treated by the TreeAzin insecticide. We haven’t much time left before EAB reaches most of Ontario’s natural stands. Continue reading