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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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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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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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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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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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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