Ontario Nature’s Watch List

Ontario Nature’s Watch List

By John Hassell Last June, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources released an updated version of its Species at Risk in Ontario List, and the numbers are disquieting. Forty-seven species are listed as being of special concern, 53 are threatened, 94 are endangered and 13 are locally extinct. Three species are of particular concern to […]

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Ontario Nature’s fall birding hot spots

Ontario Nature’s fall birding hot spots

By John Hassell You can learn a lot about the culture of an office by its internal memos. This past June, Ontario Nature’s executive director, Caroline Schultz circulated an all-staff memo alerting us that several chimney swifts – listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada as a threatened species – were […]

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Wetlands in trouble

Wetlands in trouble

By Joshua Wise Ontario Nature, working in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Earthroots, are publishing two reports, one focused on the level of protection afforded fragile wetlands in the Greenbelt, the other on the rich diversity of species and ecosystems within the Greenbelt.

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Animal farm

Animal farm

By Andrea McDowell “Farming,” says Henry Bakker of Field Sparrow Farms, “is about good land management,” thus explaining his participation in Trent University’s innovative two-year research project on alternative approaches to hay harvesting that can help protect important bobolink habitat.

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Vote for the environment

Vote for the environment

By Peter Gorrie It often seems that specific issues count for little during elections. Instead,voters are subjected to general images of each party, encapsulated in brief, usually negative sound bites. Campaigning for the October 6 Ontario election, the Official Opposition Conservatives simply distil Premier Dalton McGuinty and his eight-year Liberal administration into one word: “Taxman.” The […]

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Out of the woods

Out of the woods

By Sharon Oosthoek The woodlands of London, Ontario, have been saved from the axe. Legal battles over stronger protection for the city’s wooded areas finally ended in May, when local developers lost a bid to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Meet our board: Peter Gilchrist, Past President

Meet our board: Peter Gilchrist, Past President

John Hassell What initially got you interested in nature? Peter Gilchrist I grew up as an outdoor boy in Ottawa when the city was just developing, so there were farms and streams to explore in the immediate area. It was fun to be outdoors, but it wasn’t until my mid to late twenties when I […]

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