In recognition of the missed in person meetings and programming due to covid 19 your executive has decided to extend your 2020 Membership into 2021.
To join the SOOS Membership now, your 2021 Membership will be extended into December 2022.
Please join our Virtual Orchid Fest on August 1st at 1:00pm. ( Check your SOOS membership email to obtain the access. ) Speaker 1: Jim Heilig (California) Topic: Habenaria and Company ; Speaker 2: Tom Mirenda (Hawaii) Topic: Abbondanza! The Bountiful Orchids of Sicilia! ( NO Show Table )
☞ The $10,000.00 donation which SOOS was making in 2020 to aid in the purchase of Baldwick Bluff, Minesing Wetlands NCC
☞ SOOS has donated $25,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2021 to aid in the purchase of Vidal Bay Forests, Manitoulin Island natureconservancy.ca
The Southern Ontario Orchid Society (SOOS) executive committee made a unanimous decision at their February meeting to donate $25,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to help purchase the Vidal Bay property on Manitoulin Island.
The Vidal Bay Forests and Shoreline property includes 7,608 hectares (over 18,000 acres) of intact forests, alvars, wetlands and inland lakes and over 18 kilometres of Lake Huron shoreline. It is a remarkable property and is NCC’s largest conservation project ever in Ontario.
With this donation, SOOS continues a long-standing tradition of supporting conservation projects in Ontario to protect native orchid habitat. For more information on the Vidal Bay acquisition project and to make a donation. donate.natureconservancy.ca .
About the Vidal Bay:
☞ A slideshow of photos of plants that could have been judged and has posted it to the Toronto Judging Centre facebook page TJC
Links to the World Orchid Conference 3D Virtual Exhibition: ( excellent live experience )
☞ Protecting nature for future generations … Learn More
Prevent the Clearing of St. Anne’s Marsh
John — Bkejwanong, Walpole Island First Nation, has 17,000 acres of wetlands across six islands. A business plan was recently proposed to Bkejwanong Chief and Council that would drain and clear the entirety of the wetlands from St. Anne Island. The community uses the wetlands for hunting, fishing, and harvesting. The area is also home to 20 at-risk species. Over two-thirds of Ontario’s wetlands have been lost to development. Petition starter Julia doesn’t want to add St. Anne Island to that list. Help Julia save St. Anne’s wetland and add your signature today.
Awards of the show table at June meeting
Music Credit: http://creativecommons.org By: Kevin MacLeod
SOOS Land Acknowledgement
SOOS acknowledges that we are meeting on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Huron-Wendat, the Petun, the Seneca, the Anishnabeg, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe to care for and share the lands and resources around the Great Lakes.
This territory is still the home of many Indigenous people from nations across Turtle Island, and we are grateful for the opportunity to meet here today.