November 2011 - News & Events

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"All art is but imitation of nature" (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
And as we know, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" (Charles Caleb Colton)
Robert Bateman Night
Tuesday November 15, 2011
Palais Royale 1601 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto
Bateman Collection Open to Public 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Meet Mr. Bateman 5 - 8 p.m.

A Special Evening to meet NANPS Honorary Director, Mr. Robert Bateman, view his works and meet the Organizations and Causes close to his heart!
NANPsters - we are one of few organizations near and dear to Bob's heart. Check out Bob's blog or "Bobolink". Peruse the art, do a little shopping, and meet with the other groups that Mr. Bateman invited. Come on out and show him why NANPS should be his favourite. If you recall, 17 years ago, Bob drew the 10th Anniversary cover of our Wildflower magazine.
Here's your chance to tell Toronto your plans for the natural areas, i.e., full of native plant species and a working plan to eradicate invasive species.
If you are a Torontonian, the City wants to hear from you! The City is looking for your input on Park Plans. Attend one of three remaining public consultation meetings: North York on November 16th, Toronto East York on November 24th, and Etobicoke York on December 1st. Space is limited at the public consultation sessions. Alternatively, fill out the online survey in the comfort of your home or office, or public library (if they still exist and if they haven't repossessed the computers yet) prior to December 16, 2011.
Parks Plan Background Report
Shell Fuelling Change
At The Local Scoop, we don't normally shill for anyone. However we may shell out in this case. Vote for one or more projects that you think are deserving of a 25-, 50-, or 100K grant. There are quite a few habitat restoration projects which always involve native plants - think of it as atonement for all the oil spills perpetrated on the environment over the ages.
It's all about the plants - Green Giving in so many ways through charitable donations
Save native plants by saving the habitat and others benefit, too. Think of the warm & cuddly critters that usually get the attention. Plants are precious and need to be hugged too. Just watch out for the thorns, prickles and other defenses.
Of course, we have to plug NANPS first. We are maintaining two natural areas - Shining Tree Woods in Norfolk Co. and Zinkan Cove, a rare alvar on the west shore of Lake Huron's Bruce Peninsula. Your charitable donation goes towards the stewardship activities on these properties, as well as towards public education to promote planting native species and eradicating invasive plant species.
Canada's leading national land conservation organization. They are a private, non-profit group that partners with corporate and individual landowners to achieve the direct protection of our most important natural treasures through property securement (donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) and long-term stewardship of properties. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to conserve more than 2.2 million acres (890,300 hectares) of ecologically significant land nationwide. They have a holiday gift giving program - buy an acre or larger plot for a critter's habitat. Imagine all of those native plants packed into an acre that could be saved forever for the price of 8 plants at the NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale!
Located some 40 kilometres north of Owen Sound, Malcolm Bluff Shores is one of the largest unprotected expanses of woodland on the Niagara Escarpment. The 423-hectare biodiversity hotspot includes four kilometres of Georgian Bay shoreline, wetlands, woodlands, uplands, escarpment and cliff face with ancient cedars. Despite being situated within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, development remains a real threat if 100 percent of this property is not protected. You can help secure the final 20 percent of this gorgeous nature reserve by protecting your share of Malcolm Bluff Shores today. Remember, this is home of the Hart's Tongue Fern, a species of "Special Concern" according to the SARO list.
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