The Whimbrels are coming!

The Whimbrels are coming!

The Whimbrels are coming, but not in the numbers bird lovers used to witness. Scientists are currently analysing data collected by volunteers in order to uncover what’s causing the whimbrels’ numbers to decline. This map tells you more about the migration paths of these long-distance fliers. For more information, please click here.

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The Ottawa Valley in autumn

The Ottawa Valley in autumn

Interested in visiting one of the gems of eastern Ontario as profiled in the article “The Ottawa Valley in autumn” in the fall 2011 issue of ON Nature magazine?  Check out the contact information below.

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The Problem with Landfills

The Problem with Landfills

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 By Conor Mihell That the majority of Ontarians don’t have a clue where their garbage ends up after its left at the curb has as much to do with society’s general lack of environmental consciousness as it does the province’s lacklustre waste management regulations. Almost six million tonnes of Ontario waste […]

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The way of the dodo

The way of the dodo

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 By Allan Britnell It was fitting that, late in 2010—a 12-month period that the United Nations had dubbed the International Year of Biodiversity—dignitaries gathered in Nagoya, Japan for the 10th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Unveiled at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the CBD’s stated goal […]

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Sowing a green legacy

Sowing a green legacy

Friday, September 24, 2010 By Allan Britnell In early October (2010), dignitaries gathered at the Wellington County Museum and Archives [www.wcm.on.ca] in Fergus, Ont. for a ceremonial tree planting. The sugar maple sapling sown that day marked a very auspicious milestone: It was the one-millionth tree to be planted under the County of Wellington’s award-winning Green […]

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Big lake warming

Big lake warming

Friday, August 13, 2010 By Conor Mihell In April, Minnesota-based naturalists Kate Crowley and Mike Link began a five-month, 2,575-kilometre walk around Lake Superior. Their goal: to capture an ecological snapshot of the lake’s perimeter in 2010—“baseline” information that will no doubt be a valuable tool in measuring changes over time. To achieve their goal, the […]

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Bigger is better

Bigger is better

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 By Allan Britnell It seems we can add smaller birds to the growing list of impacts climate change is already having on the planet’s flora, fauna and habitats. A joint Swiss–U.S. study of nearly half-a-million birds, from more than 100 species, has found that birds are becoming lighter and developing smaller […]

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Back on track

Back on track

By Conor Mihell Wednesday, May 12, 2010 A 300-kilometre-long rail line linking the northern Ontario cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie was raised from the dead when provincial and federal budgets in late March promised $30 million for long-needed track upgrades. While the antiquated Huron Central Railway is currently only used for transporting freight, rail activists in […]

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Development crushes turtles

Development crushes turtles

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 By Conor Mihell The city of Ottawa is pushing through the completion of a four-kilometre extension of Terry Fox Drive to access areas for new housing developments. If roadwork is finished within a year, $32 million of the $47 million project will be paid for by provincial and federal stimulus funds. […]

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Giving Invasives the Cold Shoulder

Giving Invasives the Cold Shoulder

Thursday, February 25, 2010 Posted By Allan Britnell Barely six months after the official surrender of Japanese forces ended the Second World War, Winston Churchill gave a speech in March 1946 at Westminster College in Missouri where he famously stated that, “an iron curtain has descended across the Continent,” coining a term used ever since to describe […]

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No Bull About this Re-engineering Project

No Bull About this Re-engineering Project

Thursday, February 25,2010 Posted By Allan Britnell An ambitious Italian effort is underway to re-engineer the auroch, a wild cattle species that’s been considered extinct for nearly four centuries.

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Finally: less logging in Algonquin

Finally: less logging in Algonquin

  Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Posted By Conor Mihell The ink is nearly dry on a new forest management plan for Algonquin Provincial Park that will increase the amount of logging-free area in Ontario’s most popular park. In November, the Algonquin Forestry Authority, the Crown consortium responsible for managing and planning logging activities within park boundaries, […]

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Bird versus plane

Bird versus plane

Tuesday January 26, 2010 Posted by Allan Britnell There’s no denying the heroic actions of U.S. Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger when he safely landed his powerless plane in the Hudson River a year ago [www.vanityfair.com/style/features/2009/06/us_airways200906], saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.

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Protecting an Island Paradise

Protecting an Island Paradise

Thursday December 17, 2009 Posted by Conor Mihell The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has brokered the largest conservation deal in Ontario history by raising $7.4 million to purchase a 1,900-hectare, eight-island archipelago in northwestern Lake Superior. NCC partnered with The Nature Conservation of the United States and the Ontario and federal governments to acquire […]

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Bird-friendly development

Bird-friendly development

Monday November 23, 2009 Posted by John Lorinc Beginning next year, new building projects in the City of Toronto will be expected to meet a minimum green design standard that includes bird friendly development guidelines. “All new development will have to be bird friendly,” says Toronto environmental planner Kelly Snow.

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Year of Biodiversity

Year of Biodiversity

Tuesday November 3, 2009 Posted by Allan Britnell While Arthur C. Clarke may have predicted that 2010 will be “the year we make contact,” the United Nations is asking us to take a more inward looking approach, declaring the coming 12 months to be the International Year of Biodiversity.

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Long Live the King

Long Live the King

Monday October 26, 2009 Posted by Conor Mihell A unique land use partnership north of Sault Ste. Marie has resulted in the long-term protection of one of Ontario’s highest points of land. With its twin peaks rising some 360 metres above the surrounding terrain, King Mountain is the focal point of the Algoma Highlands, a swath of […]

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Leaping to conclusions

Leaping to conclusions

Monday October 19, 2009 Posted by Allan Britnell Earlier this summer you may have read headlines like this one from the BBC proclaiming, “Legless Frogs Mystery Solved.” Good news, you likely thought, someone’s pinpointed the cause of one of the more disturbing ecological oddities of recent decades.

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Blasting Lake Superior

Blasting Lake Superior

Tuesday September 22, 2009 Posted by Conor Mihell Joel Cooper can’t say enough about the big lake that looms just outside the patio doors of his modest year-round home near Wawa, Ontario. “Lake Superior has captured my imagination and dominates my life,” says Cooper, a retired Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources employee who lives on […]

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Vulture Culture

Vulture Culture

by Dave Dick, BirdLife International Thursday September 10, 2009 Posted by Allan Britnell While the birth announcement for a slender-billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) is unlikely to elicit the fawning “oohs” and “aahs” you’d typically expect for a baby animal, the news was greeted with a huge sigh of relief in south Asia.

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The eagle rises again

The eagle rises again

Friday August 28, 2009 Posted by: Conor Mihell After more than 35 years of endangered species status, bald eagles living south of the French and Mattawa rivers were downgraded to a species of special concern by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in mid-August. Jody Allair, a biologist with Bird Studies Canada (BSC) who oversees […]

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How to build a bee box

How to build a bee box

by Brad Badelt A backyard bee box can provide a great home for solitary bees to lay their eggs.  Solitary bees – also referred to as “native bees” – differ from honey bees in that every female is fertile, and typically inhabits a nest she constructs herself. Mason orchard bees, the most common solitary bee, […]

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Bring back the wolf

Bring back the wolf

Monday August 10, 2009 Posted by: Allan Britnell The lush green that carpets the Scottish Highlands has been looking a little threadbare in recent years, and an unchecked population of red deer (kissing cousins to North American elk) is to blame. Yet the solution being proposed by biologists is a controversial one: reintroducing wolves to […]

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Better late than never: Contaminated sites to be (finally) cleaned up in the Far North

Better late than never: Contaminated sites to be (finally) cleaned up in the Far North

Wednesday August 5, 2009 Posted by: Conor Mihell The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has committed to cleaning up Cold War-era Mid-Canada Line (MCL) missile detection sites in the James Bay Lowlands of the province’s Far North – finally (see “Hidden health hazards,” Autumn 2008 issue of ON Nature). The federal Department of National […]

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Mining, yes. Ecotourism, not so much

Mining, yes.  Ecotourism, not so much

Wednesday July 22, 2009 Posted by: Douglas Hunter The coalition group Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay (CCMB) has lost a seven-year fight against a proposed traprock quarry on the eastern shore of eastern Superior. Its last-gasp attempt to stop the development was an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to overturn an amendment to […]

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The dept. of oil and water: Trees and mining combined in new ministry

The dept. of oil and water: Trees and mining combined in new ministry

Friday July 17, 2009 Posted by: Conor Mihell A late June “mini shuffle” of government portfolios at Queen’s Park could put economic development above environmental concerns in the management of Ontario’s forests. On June 24, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that control of forest-related issues would be transferred from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to the […]

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Boreal

Canada warblerA photo gallery inspired by the Summer 2009 Birds of the Boreal cover story articles Incredible Journeys, Natural Inns and The Fall of the Wild.

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Urban Nature

Tiger swallowtailInspired by Wild for the City, a gallery of animals that you might find in your urban back yard.

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Reptiles and Amphibians

Blue racerA selection of photographs that feature some of Ontario’s snakes, turtles and frogs. Read more about one of the photographers in My Turn.

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