Ontario Nature – the new name for the Federation of Ontario Naturalists – is very pleased to have been chosen by GLAHNF as the Lake Erie and Lake Huron Advisor for the Ontario side of these two Great Lakes basins. We have enjoyed our involvement in GLAHNF since 1996 as the Ontario “hub” and now we look forward to our new role focusing on the Erie and Huron basins.
Ontario Nature was founded in 1931.We protect and restore nature through research, education and conservation action. We champion wetlands, woodlands and wildlife, and preserve essential habitat through our own system of nature reserves (now over 4,000 acres or 1,600 hectares, including wetlands and shoreline habitats).We represent over 25,000 individual members and over 130 member groups in communities across Ontario, connecting individuals and communities to nature.We currently have 26 staff members.
We have been working for several decades to help grassroots groups with suggestions for action on specific local nature protection issues, and through the “Citizens’ Toolkit for Nature Conservation” on our website – the direct link is www.ontarionature.org/ enviroandcons/community_cons/toolkit.html. We also advance local nature protection by advocating changes in provincial policy and legislation on land use planning that will filter down to the community level.
As an environmental biologist, I am fortunate to have worked both in government and for non-governmental organizations. I began my career at the Pollution Probe Foundation. I spent several years as a researcher on environmental and energy issues at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and was for four years a policy advisor in the office of the Ontario Minister of the Environment. I have been working on conservation policy issues at Ontario Nature since 1996. I hail originally from Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
As Lake Erie and Lake Huron Advisor for the Ontario side, I will be working with my Ontario Nature colleague Jennifer Baker, our Southern Regional Coordinator whose “catchment area” includes the Lakes Erie and Huron basin. Jennifer, based in Hamilton at the west end of Lake Ontario, assists both Ontario Nature member groups and concerned members of the public in local nature protection initiatives.