EcoNews Live! | Carolinian Canada

Carolinian Canada's EcoNews Live! includes notices and announcements about greening the future in Canada’s deep south from many groups across the zone.

Partner groups in our network are welcome to submit items to be posted at Carolinian Canada’s discretion. Sharing these items in our EcoNews does not imply a Carolinian Canada position.

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Shifting the Paradigm - Forum 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 , Toronto

There’s a quiet revolution underway. In the Zone and other successful gardening programs for native plants and pollinators demonstrate the growing awareness that what we plant makes a difference. Businesses, institutions, municipalities and homeowners across Ontario are creating attractive, green, climate-resilient, natural infrastructure with native plants.

Join us as we map the native plant supply chain with leaders from the horticultural and landscaping sectors, governments, First Nations, social finance, retail distributors, NGOs and garden clubs.

Register for the Forum Today!

*Catering Deadline*
Registrations after 3:00pm March 2 will not be included in catering numbers.  After the deadline you will be on your own for food.

Big Picture Collaborative: Webinar and Workshops 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Big Picture Collaborative is bringing together leaders from diverse sectors to establish clear common goals, and to work closely with mutually reinforcing activities to re-establish healthy ecosystems and communities in the Carolinian Zone of Ontario.

Did you miss the webinar? You can still join the discussion to map out the next critical step towards restoring healthy landscapes in Canada’s deep south!

Watch the webinar. Download the slideshow. Submit your comments. Subscribe to get Big Picture updates. Take the OTF Green People survey - help us track our impact.

How everyone can save the world with one simple act
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 , London

Carolinian Canada's own Michelle Kanter spoke at London Ontario's recent PechaKucha Night! Follow the link to watch Michelle's presentation recording.

Environmental disasters. Climate change. Toxic water. Sixth mass extinction. Health crises. Bad air. Hunger. War. Depression. Road maintenance... One plant can change it all...

PechaKucha Night has been described as the world's biggest physical social network. The key to the success is the simple format: PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images (images, and not slides). Each image will show for 20 seconds. Images advance automatically, and you talk along with the images. This gives anyone a chance to present their recent project or passion.

Go Wild Grow Wild is April 7th, 2018!
Saturday, April 7, 2018 , London

Greening the Future Together

NEW FOR 2018

Build a sustainable and green life.

A collection of vendors to make your home, backyard and community more green and sustainable.

+More of What You Love
5 workshop areas, Wild Child passports, live wildlife shows, 100+ exhibitors, eco-healthy food and drink, Friday Kick-off and much more.


Go Wild Grow Wild – we grew bigger and wilder!
Friday, June 23, 2017 , London

Another great event on the books for Go Wild Grow Wild. The venue was jam packed with 90 exhibitors, including 31 new partnerships, 5 workshop areas with 24 speakers including David Lee, a.k.a the Passionate Paddler, Lorraine Johnson and Jody Allair from Bird Studies Canada. Over 3,200 adventurers, gardeners, nature lovers, green living folks and families experienced Go Wild Grow Wild thanks to the support of 75 volunteers and 30 sponsors and partners. We look forward to building on the success of the 3 years for April 7, 2018 scheduled expo!

Carolinian Canada in the Media

Conservation group has focus on phragmites
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 , Chatham-Kent
Award Winner in Action: Putting the ‘forest’ in Forest City
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 , London

Articles and Stories

What do Snakes do in the Winter?

DYK what snakes do in winter? They need to get below the frostline. Many hibernation sites have been destroyed and so we have to build new ones!

Snakes need specific requirements to overwinter or hibernate. Having studied snakes for over ten years, our ecoglist Ben Porchuk learned in depth what the requirements for hibernation are and he teamed up with Canadian native reptile expert Jeff Hathaway to make an amazing, effective winter home for snakes.

9 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Right Now

It's time to turn down the heat! Turn down the heat on climate change and our carbon footprint. This article gives you 9 easy actionable ways to begin your journey to a lighter carbon footprint.

The (Almost) Forgotten Carolinian Forest Fruit Tree
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Paw Paw Tree has become a favourite of hundreds of people across the Carolinian Forest Zone who have re-discovered the divine sweetness and remarkable nutritional value of its oddly-shaped fruit. A member of the Custard-Apple family, this tree is fondly known by many different names, depending on where you live in the US or Southern Ontario. Some of the fun names include the "Possumhaw," "Custard Banana," "Ohio Banana," or "Hoosier Banana." Formerly much more common across the landscape from Niagara to Point Pelee, the Paw Paw Tree is now only found in a few pockets of the Carolinian forests of southwestern Ontario. For a little more than the past decade, however, this native fruit tree has received a resurgence of interest from those who desire to recover nature, or who want to grow native plants adapted to our climate for permaculture purposes (e.g. food forests, yard fruit trees, etc.).

Where are the Carolinian Canada Signature Sites?
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Andrew Asks:

Where can I find directions to the Carolinian Canada Signature Sites?

Hello Andrew,

In 1984, 38 sites were identified as the most critical unprotected natural areas in the zone by the identification sub-committee of Carolinian Canada, made up of leading ecologists in Ontario. These sites total 40,800 acres hectares in area. Each site is a story of communities working together. We began to call them Signature Sites in 2005 to celebrate their role in protecting and raising awareness of Carolinian Canada's unique biodiversity.

The Signature Sites are a fascinating piece of Carolinian Canada's history and still critical natural areas today. Carolinian Canada Signature Site plaques are definitely worth a visit. Check the list to find a plaque near you!

Where is the Shetland Kentucky Coffee Tree Woods?
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Our staff often field questions about the species and natural habitat of Canada’s Deep South.  There are lots of great questions, so we thought we would share some of the answers…

Jim Asks:

Where is the Shetland KENTUCKY Coffee Tree Woods? I don’t know that I have seen a Kentucky Coffee Tree.

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