Seeing green

Seeing green

By Amber Cowie Cynics may describe the months leading up to an election as the “silly season” but it is also the ideal time to push political parties to clarify their position on the environment.

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Natural invaders

Natural invaders

Non-native plants can be an eco-catastrophe, degrading sensitive habitats and diminishing biodiversity. Where and how to draw the battle lines in the fight against alien species is now a topic of heated debate. By Lorraine Johnson

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Beach birds

Beach birds

A band of dedicated volunteers works round the clock to save the embattled piping plover, a bird that favours waterfront views, fusses over its food, and builds nests on the sand. By Denis Seguin

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Is purple the new grey?

Is purple the new grey?

By John Hassell Location, location… colour. While the proper siting of wind turbines is understood to be critically important to reducing their impact on wildlife, it now appears that the colour of a turbine might also be a significant factor. Armed with the knowledge that bats, like birds, suffer high mortality rates around wind farms, […]

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Rusty blackbird

Rusty blackbird

The triple threat of severe habitat loss, climate change and pollution has caused a precipitous drop in these sublimely coloured birds across North America. By Tim Tiner The muskeg-nesting rusty blackbird may be the most sharply declining land bird in North America. On its wintering grounds in the swamps and bottomland woods of the southern […]

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First Nations concludes first eco-audit

First Nations concludes first eco-audit

By Douglas Hunter In 2010, the Wikwemikong First Nation (Band 175) of eastern Manitoulin Island concluded a multi-year audit of plant and animal species at risk, with financial assistance from Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program and the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources’ Species at Risk Stewardship Fund. As a key component of Wikwemikong’s land-use planning, […]

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Nature Canada helps protect a national treasure

Nature Canada helps protect a national treasure

When Nature Canada’s executive director, Ian Davidson, learned about Ontario Nature’s joint venture with the Bruce Trail Conservancy to acquire more than 405 hectares on the Bruce Peninsula to create and permanently protect the Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve, he had a wonderful idea. Some years ago, Nature Canada received a very generous bequest from […]

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Chopping up the moraine

Chopping up the moraine

By Amber Cowie Despite the existence of a 10-year-old conservation plan developed to protect the sensitive natural areas, farmlands and watersheds of the Oak Ridges Moraine, construction of two heliports and a 792-metre runway has begun in the Township of Scugog, located in the heart of the moraine.

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Coal is a killer

Coal is a killer

Dear Province: Time to shut down Ontario’s dirtiest energy source. By Gideon Forman Illustration by Gracia Lam As you read this column, Ontario is using 18,460 megawatts of electricity. Some of that power is being provided by coal-fired generators, but high-profile health organizations – including the Ontario Lung Association, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario […]

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Frogs to the rescue

Frogs to the rescue

By Ray Ford It’s designed to benefit human health, but a new high-tech medical sensor could also be a boon to wildlife, including the horseshoe crab and an endangered shorebird, the red knot. Developed at Princeton University, the electronic sensor scans medical devices and drugs for bacterial contamination. Until now, horseshoe crab blood has played […]

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Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Make sure to keep alien plants out of your garden. By Caroline Schultz Green priorities on the political agenda; painting turbines purple; the much-anticipated first signs of spring; meet the President of Ontario Nature’s Board of Directors. Severe habitat loss, climate change and pollution have caused a precipitous drop in these sublimely coloured birds. By […]

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A natural donation

A natural donation

By Mark Carabetta Orchids – no fewer than 16 different kinds – and carnivorous plants – such as horned bladderworts and sundews – flourish at Ontario Nature’s unique Petrel Point Nature Reserve, as do numerous other provincially rare plants. Located near Lake Huron on the western side of the Bruce Peninsula near the community of […]

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Signs of spring

Signs of spring

By Tim Tiner Few things are as welcome or longed for as the first signs of spring. They often come unexpectedly, in the surprise visit of a newly returned bird at a feeder, a buzzing bee on a warm day or the chorus of frogs rising from the background of ambient noise. Before long, spring […]

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Teens gone wild

Teens gone wild

By Sarah Hedges The 2011 line-up for Ontario Nature’s new Nature Guardians program is packed. Wildly enthusiastic teen participants are organizing five concurrent eco-events that will take place on April 30, the last day of Earth Month. Also in the works are a workshop on nature photography, efforts to protect migratory birds in the city […]

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Meet our board: Brendon Larson, President

Meet our board: Brendon Larson, President

John Hassell You became the president of Ontario Nature’s board at our last annual general meeting. What vision do you have for your term? Brendon Larson We did some soul searching at a board meeting about a year and a half ago and ended up reaffirming our general direction after determining that there is no […]

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The conservation brigade

The conservation brigade

Whether advocating for wildlife, tending a nature reserve, or guiding field trips, our member groups form a grassroots network through a shared passion for nature. By Allan Britnell

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Winning the war on invasives

Winning the war on invasives

By Caroline Schultz With spring just around the corner, the gardeners among us are already browsing through seed and plant catalogues, daydreaming about our planting plans for when the ground thaws. There are always spaces to fill, things to move around and new ideas to try out. When it comes to plant choices, I, like […]

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