Summer 2009

Summer 2009

Our new program takes children outside by Caroline Schultz Bat populations plummet as white nose syndrome spreads; scientists discover weird and wonderful ecosystems at the bottom of Lake Huron; the Greenbelt may get bigger Tucked into the marshlands of southwestern Ontario, this secretive wading bird is nearly impossible to detect by Tim Tiner Successful fundraiser […]

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King rail

King rail

Tucked into the marshlands of southwestern Ontario, this secretive wading bird is nearly impossible to detect

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My Turn

My Turn

I had the privilege of growing up in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe. These are huge countries with incredibly diverse ecosystems: river ways, deserts, savannah, forest, mountains and oceans. My formative years were in Tanzania…

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Did you know?

Did you know?

In one year, Vancouver’s Lions Gate Hospital produced waste that included 1,767,900 pairs of gloves – nearly eight tonnes of latex and 21 tonnes of plastics – and 58 tonnes of disposable diapers and pads.

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Waterworld

Waterworld

Answer: Brilliant purple mats of cyanobacteria and translucent ponytailshaped microbes. Question: What lives in the recently discovered sinkholes at the bottom of Lake Huron?

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New atlas project

New atlas project

Threatened by habitat loss, urban sprawl and busy roads, Ontario’s reptile species are becoming disturbingly scarce. Moreover, the populations that remain can be extremely difficult to locate.

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Greenbelt of the future

Greenbelt of the future

Ontario Nature and the other member groups that together form the Greenbelt Alliance celebrated the fourth anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt with a collective eye to future conservation efforts.

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Critical list

Critical list

Every year the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) list grows longer. In February, the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario added four new species to the provincial list: eastern flowering dogwood, Ogden’s pondweed, eastern pondmussel and a subspecies of the red knot.

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Frequent fliers

Frequent fliers

“One of the big questions in songbird conservation is the role of breeding versus wintering grounds in driving widespread songbird declines,” observes Bridget Stutchbury, a biology professor at York University and the author of Silence of the Songbirds.

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Gimme shelter

Gimme shelter

In 2006, scientists in New York state started noticing something odd about the bats where they were conducting research: a strange discoloration around the animals’ snouts. Two years later, similar descriptions were noted in seven other states, with the additional observation that the affected bats were also extremely thin.

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Natural connections

Natural connections

Our new program takes children outside

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Message Board

Message Board

I really enjoyed the spring 2009 issue, particularly the articles in the “Birds of the Boreal” section.

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Dead calm

Dead calm

Beneath shimmering surfaces, environmental injuries take a toll on the health of the Great Lakes

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In House

In House

Successful fundraiser for our boreal songbirds; the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists turn

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Muddy waters

Muddy waters

Aquaculture has been charged with multiple crimes against the environment. But today fish farms must abide by stringent regulations while many wild fish populations are being decimated. Can we learn to live with this industry?

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Wild for the city

Wild for the city

Urban ecologists offer a new approach to city planning, arguing that balancing biodiversity with development is key to healthy urban centres

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Places to grow

Places to grow

Rain gardens soak up stormwater, reduce runoff and are a magnet for wildlife. Bonus: they’re practically maintenance free

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Wolfsong

Wolfsong

Lonesome or aggressive, mournful or spirited, few sounds in nature thrill and mystify like the nocturnal dirge of this top predator. A guide to the meaning of wolf howls

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