Re: Energy East pipeline cancellation

Re: Energy East pipeline cancellation

We should not be happy that Energy East was cancelled. We will use the same amount of oil either way, except now we will support some foreign dictators with terrible environmental controls in their country, have the risk of tanker accidents and possibly killing whales, rail road accidents, etc. New pipeline technology has made the […]

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Letters – Re: “Another win for the county”

Letters – Re: “Another win for the county”

Re:Another win for the county The celebratory tone in this article is not appropriate. Granted, turbines shouldn’t be placed in Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. But cancellation of wind projects is also cause for concern. Wind is crucial in addressing climate change and as environmentalists we need to be careful that, in critiquing a particular […]

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Letters – Cambridge Pollinator Preserve

Letters – Cambridge Pollinator Preserve

Hello fellow Pollinators, Having read articles in the spring (Pollinator campaign targets schools) and summer issues (Stratford joins Bee City program) of ON Nature magazine about pollination – I would like to take the opportunity to advise that the Ancient Mariners Canoe Club in Cambridge, Ontario have developed over the past several years a 1-hectare […]

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Land Protection and Indigenous Peoples

Land Protection and Indigenous Peoples

Earlier this year, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna that national parks must be respectful of traditional knowledge. She went on to say that Indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada can achieve its goal of having 17 percent protected land and inland waters by 2020. The summer issue of ON Nature features Point Grondine as […]

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Wonders of Nature Photo Contest

Wonders of Nature Photo Contest

A fleeting glimpse of an elusive bird, the delicate details of a dragonfly’s wings – there are few things that spark our sense of wonder more than the natural world. Share a photo that you feel reveals the wonder of nature in Ontario for a chance to qualify for the feature photo spot in the […]

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Letters – Second Reply to Dr. Foster by Randy Eshenroder

Letters – Second Reply to Dr. Foster by Randy Eshenroder

Re: “Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter”, Re: “Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys“, Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) This is my second reply to Dr. Foster concerning his proposal to experimentally cut back on sea lamprey control in Lake Superior […]

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Home is rooted in the land

Home is rooted in the land

After 30 years when my husband Barry and I took joy in teaching, writing and living at the 800-acre Foley Mountain Conservation Area in eastern Ontario, retirement loomed. As we prepared to turn the rented park house over to a new supervisor, we were challenged to find a satisfying living place of our own. This […]

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Mashkinonje

Mashkinonje

By Back Roads Bill Wetlands are often misunderstood because we usually think of them as a “swamp,” often in movies it is where the bodies are found. At one time everything was a “swamp,” not a place to go for a holiday or spend some quality time. We are now learning wetlands are important but we […]

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Correction

Correction

In the fall 2016 issue of ON Nature (“Protecting Grassland in Forks of the Credit”),  we erroneously stated that Ontario Parks is planning to convert a portion of Forks of the Credit Provincial Park’s (FCPP) grassland into forest. In fact, Ontario Parks has not said that they will actively reforest any part of FCPP. We […]

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Letters – Has tourism become too accessible?

Letters – Has tourism become too accessible?

Dear Editor, In a day and age where money basically runs society it’s surprising just how many people can afford to travel. Thanks partly to online “deal finders” and the low Canadian dollar, visitors have all the more incentive to stay north of the border this summer season. But is this an issue?

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A Guide to Some of Ontario’s Spiders

A Guide to Some of Ontario’s Spiders

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Correction – Summer 2016

Correction – Summer 2016

In the sidebar of the feature “Don’t hate be ‘case I’m bountiful,” (Page 21, Summer 2016) we misrepresented the diet of little brown bats. Many thanks to Harry Brightwell of Stratford for alerting us about the error. “The suggestion that the little brown bat ‘is a voracious mosquito gobbler’ is propagating the myth that little […]

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Harvesting and Processing Edible Wild Plants of the Boreal Forest

Harvesting and Processing Edible Wild Plants of the Boreal Forest

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Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter

Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter

Re: “Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys” I have enormous respect for Randy Eshenroder’s fisheries expertise and experience, and I am not surprised by his views. I am sure they are shared by many of his colleagues at the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, not to mention a good number of other fisheries […]

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Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys

Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys

Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) In the Spring 2016 issue, Dr. Foster reviewed tradeoffs between maintaining suppression (control) of sea lamprey in the Great Lakes and alleviating its impacts on non-target organisms, suggesting the time had come to consider allowing sea lamprey to “reach a point of natural equilibrium.”  Dr. Foster’s […]

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Letters – Guild Woods ESA: Toronto

Letters – Guild Woods ESA: Toronto

Re: “City approves 68 new environmentally protected areas“(Toronto Star, November 2015) I represent a group called APESA: Alliance to Protect Environmentally Significant Areas. We are based in Scarborough, specifically Guildwood. I have just read an article published by Ontario Nature – in November of last year, I believe – regarding the designation of ESAs in […]

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Letters – RE: “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt”

Letters – RE: “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt”

Re: “Urban sprawl leaps over the Greenbelt” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) I have just read “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt” in the current (Spring 2016) issue of ON Nature. It is alarming. Midhurst is close to Barrie where I live and development is spreading in all directions from what were the boundaries of the […]

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Letters – Hay

Letters – Hay

Re: “The cutting edge” (Feature, Spring 2016) With regard to the photo on the title page of the article “Cutting Edge” in the Spring 2016 edition of ON Nature: I am a farmer, and I can recognized good — and bad — haying practices when I see them. The aforementioned photo illustrates a number of […]

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Letters – re: Under the Gun

Letters – re: Under the Gun

Re: “Under the gun“, (Feature, Spring 2016) Am writing from Grey Bruce – home of a unique variation on Black Bears – and so read with interest, the piece by Conor re:  Under the Gun. I attempted to find the Ted Talk (2013) that he spoke about toward the end of the article – but […]

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Species At Risk In Northern Ontario

Species At Risk In Northern Ontario


Endangered | Threatened | Special Concern | Extirpated

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Northern Forest Foraging Guide

Northern Forest Foraging Guide

Ontario’s forests, meadows and waters provide an incredible range of nutritious and delicious edible wild plants. Ontario Nature has prepared this foraging guide as an introduction to this local resource, and to encourage people to get outside and experience the wonders the natural world provides.

The trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and fungi listed in this guide are a sample of some of the abundant local species that can be harvested sustainably, though there are many other wild edibles to explore. The guide is intended to be a starting point for people interested in foraging for edible wild plants and should not be considered to be a definitive resource for their identification and use.


Basic Rules for Harvesting Edible Wild Plants
Sustainable Harvesting
Caution!
Disclaimer
Acknowledgments
Forest Foraging Guide Resources


Trees | Shrubs | Herbaceous Plants | Fungi


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Correction – Spring 2015

Correction – Spring 2015

Last Word “Keep our parks Wi-Fi free, ” (page 38, spring 2015). We incorrectly reported that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry proposed Wi-Fi expansion in provincial parks. In fact, Ontario Parks does not at present have any plans to proceed with Wi-Fi expansion. Paragraph two of the article should read: “It seems Parks Canada […]

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Nearby nature reserves

Nearby nature reserves

In her article in the spring 2015 issue of ON Nature, Lorraine Johnson demonstrates how neighbours are creating pollinator habitat and restoring ecological connections in towns, suburbs and cities across the province. She provides the example of Palmerston Square Pollinator Patch – a small but diverse community garden that took root in west Toronto in 2014 […]

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Palmerston Pollinator Patch

Palmerston Pollinator Patch

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Letters – Remembering a buried river

Letters – Remembering a buried river

Re: “A river runs through it” in ON Nature, fall 2014 When I was taking night courses at the University of Toronto in the early 60s, I took a birding course with Professor Baillie. To get to this and my other courses, I rode the subway from Etobicoke, got off at St. George station, crossed Bloor […]

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Letters – Build it and they will come

Letters – Build it and they will come

  Re: “Over a burrow” in ON Nature, fall 2014 I am encouraged by the enlightened attitude of Canada Building Materials towards the bank swallows nesting in their sand and gravel pits. The company’s “live and let live” policy serves as a model for other aggregate operations. Perhaps though, in concert with bank-swallow friendly aggregate […]

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The history of herping in Ontario

The history of herping in Ontario

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead In the spring 2014 issue of ON Nature magazine, Tanya Pulfer wrote an article about 30 years of herp atlassing in Ontario. Limited by the short length of her article, Pulfer […]

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Bringing back nature to the cottage

Enhancing and maintaining a natural shoreline is one of the best things landowners can do to protect lake ecosystems. Ontario Nature’s conservation biologist, Jessica Middleton, and her sister Colleen began restoring their cottage waterfront two years ago by establishing a no-mow zone and allowing native plants to grow.

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Correction

Correction

On page 10 of its Summer 2014 issue, ON Nature published an article entitled “Midhurst residents oppose development”. The article stated that a land developer mentioned in the article, Geranium Corporation, had not returned calls for comment. This was incorrect. In fact, Geranium and its public relations representative did return the reporter’s calls for comment, although through no fault […]

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Good news for monarchs

Good news for monarchs

When word spread this spring about the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s proposed delisting of milkweed from the Schedule of Noxious Weeds, Ontario Nature supporters sent supportive comments through the Environmental Registry, as did many other nature enthusiasts and scientists. Thankfully, the ministry listened and officially removed milkweed from the noxious weed list in […]

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Tour group delighted by tropical birds

Ontario Nature’s first ever members’ trip with Quest Nature Tours took place in March of this year. Thirteen birders, amateur archaeologists and general nature lovers visited birding hotspots in Belize and Guatemala, compiling an impressive bird list of 240 species.

See the gallery…

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Nature London: 150 Years Old and Counting

Nature London: 150 Years Old and Counting

By: Anita Caveney Lovers of nature feel so confidently that their hobby is an enormous asset in life that there is no feeling of hesitancy in advocating that every person should become acquainted with new species of bird, trees, insects, etc., just as often as opportunity offers.  And the time to do so is always […]

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Winter Reading

Winter Reading

Over the past year, I have read a number of environmentally-focused books that I would like to recommend to you. While the temperatures remain well below 0 degrees Celsius, why not give one of these books a go.

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14 Things that will make a Birder Happy

14 Things that will make a Birder Happy

  The holidays are just around the corner and here’s a list of gift ideas to help you keep the birder(s) in your life happy! (I’ve deliberately omitted binoculars, scopes, etc., from the list; not only are they expensive, but choosing them takes time, research and often boils down to personal preference.)

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Embrace your inner Grinch!

Embrace your inner Grinch!

  On more than one occasion, by more than one person, I have been referred to as the modern-day Grinch. The original Grinch is the frightfully unhappy antagonist in Dr. Seuss’ 1957 classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He despises Christmas and ridicules all the residents of Whoville who celebrate it.

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Embrace winter!

Embrace winter!

  Visit one of Ontario Nature’s reserves this winter for free fun and fitness. Snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, birding, geocaching and making snow angels – there is so much to do so don’t delay!

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The buzz about bees

The buzz about bees

Pollinators are in trouble. That much is abundantly clear. This includes domesticated honey bees as well as our wild native bees, like the rusty-patched bumblebee, which is listed as a species at risk in Ontario.

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Mucking about in Lost Bay

Mucking about in Lost Bay

Last week, Ontario Nature staff and volunteers were turtle hunting in Lost Bay Nature Reserve in eastern Ontario. Established in 2000 with a generous private land donation, the reserve protects 44 hectares of provincially significant wetlands and mature forest around Lake Gananoque. John Urquhart, conservation science manager, and Megan Anevich, nature reserves intern, who led […]

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Fact and fiction

Fact and fiction

In 2007, to much acclaim, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed with support from members of all parties. Just six years later, the Liberals are quietly trying to gut the act, the NDP are muzzled by one or two northern members seeking exemptions for forestry, and the Progressive Conservatives are raging on about how […]

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Dragonfly and Damselfly Guide

DRAGONFLIES
Canada Darner
Fawn Darner
Green Darner
Lance-tipped Darner
Shadow Darner
Springtime Darner
Dragonhunter
Boreal Snaketail
Dusky Clubtail
Lilypad Clubtail
Arrowhead Spiketail
Common Baskettail
Prince Baskettail
Swift River Cruiser
Eastern Pondhawk
Chalk-fronted Corporal
Dot-tailed Whiteface
Widow Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Common Whitetail
White-faced Meadowhawk
Ruby Meadowhawk
Yellow-legged or Autumn Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags
Eastern Amberwing
Halloween Pennant

DAMSELFLIES

Ebony Jewelwing
River Jewelwing
American Rubyspot
Emerald Spreadwing
Sweetflag Spreadwing
Slender Spreadwing
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
Blue-fronted Dancer
Variable Dancer
Powdered Dancer
Rainbow Bluet
Tule Bluet
Boreal Bluet
Familiar Bluet
Subarctic Bluet
Marsh Bluet
Stream Bluet
Hagen’s Bluet
Orange Bluet
Eastern Forktail
Sedge Sprite
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