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Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7 p.m., the Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary will be hosting a casual evening walk with naturalist Doug McRae. Frog calls and Ducks is the theme! Bring your binoculars and join us. We'd love to see you there.

Directions to the Property:
From Cty. Rd. 25, head east on Cty Rd 21 (Dundonald Rd.) for 1.4 km, then turn north on Maple Grove Rd. and go for 0.7 km.  Our parking area is on the right (east side).
From Cty. Rd. 30, turn west on Cty. Rd. 21 at Hilton. Proceed west for 10.7 km until you reach Maple Grove Rd.  Proceed north on Maple Grove Rd. for 0.7 km and our parking area is on the right (east side).


Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Birding Outing to Candlewick Woods. Leader: Roger Frost. The target species are Red-necked and Horned Grebes and other waterfowl on Lake Ontario, as well as early landbird migrants. Meet at 8 a.m. at the red barn opposite Dickinson Rd. and Lakeshore Rd., west of Port Hope.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 am - Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre.
Hosts - Willow Beach Field Naturalists.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for both WBFN and ON members to visit and learn more about Canada’s easternmost prairie - and one of the most endangered plant communities in Ontario. Located south of Rice Lake, on the eastern edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Alderville First Nation’s Black Oak Savanna/Tallgrass Prairie is the largest single remaining parcel of its kind in east central Ontario. Scientists refer to the Alderville Black Oak Savanna as "the Jewel". 

The afternoon hike we will be at Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve. This special area represents the sole-surviving Oak Ridges Moraine “old growth” forest in Ontario. A 0.8 km trail passes through an open field and circles the maple-beech forest.

If you plan on attending or want further details please contact Barbara MacKenzie-Wynia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 705-424-2871.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – Public Town Hall Meeting for the Co-ordinated Review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans.
Location - Cobourg Community Lions Club, 157 Elgin Street East, Cobourg.
Time – 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Open House
            7:00 – 9:00 pm – Overview presentations followed by table discussions

The Government of Ontario is undertaking a coordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan. These plans work together to manage growth, protect our agricultural lands and natural environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support economic development.

They want to hear from you and are holding a series of town hall meetings across the region. The document, Our Region, Our Community, Our Home, will inform and guide the conversation. This venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have a personal accommodation requirement, please contact them at the phone number or e-mail listed below at least three days in advance of the meeting. Please note that seating is limited for the presentation and table discussions.

Visit their website for more information, background materials, other ways to participate, and to subscribe to their e-mail list for updates on this consultation. Please share this invite broadly! All are welcome to attend.
                                                                 
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm – Preview meeting for the Co-ordinated Review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans.
Organizer - Sarah Bale, Greenway Conservation Intern with Ontario Nature
Location - Sustainable Cobourg office, 739 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg

Sarah would like to have a ‘get together’ before the actual meeting begins and Sustainable Cobourg has kindly offered their space on D'Arcy Street for the meeting. Food and drinks will be provided.

They are hoping to get a firm idea of numbers so they can finalize whether there is enough interest or not. It is tentative at this point until they know how many people are interested in coming at 4:00 on the 8th. They need a minimum of 8-10 people to commit in order to go ahead with the prep meeting with the representatives from the environmental NGOs 


Just as a reminder, they will be discussing the work that Ontario Nature, EcoSpark, EarthRoots, and STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine) have put together over the last few years, and their specific policy recommendations for the review. It's really important that they get as many active citizens as possible supporting the great work these groups have done. The health of the moraine, the laws regulating growth in and around the Greenbelt, and the details of the policies that make up the Growth Plan impact all of our lives, but the government won't necessarily recognize the needs and opinions of citizens unless we are present at these meetings with a clear message. Don't feel that you need to be any sort of expert, or that you need to speak out at the meeting if you don't want to. It will be so valuable just to have the meeting room packed to show the government that we care. You can always submit comments online or write letters as well. This opportunity only comes up every 10 years or so, so this is our chance!

Please email or call Sarah to let her know if you will be attending. It is also helpful to get emails back to say you are unable to attend.
905-352-3555 (home)
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Marvellous Moraine Website: http://www.marvellousmoraine.ca
Ontario Nature Website: ontarionature.org

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 pm – General Meeting, Cobourg Public Library.
Speaker – Mark Stabb, Central Ontario Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Topic – Legacy of a Lost Lake: Thoughts on Conservation of the Lake Iroquois Plain.
 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – Northumberland Land Trust – McEwan Property work.
Contact Bill Newell at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7:00 pm – Frog Watch with Julia Philips at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna, 8467 County Road 18, Alderville.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 905-352-1008 before Friday, March 28 to register.