Show and tell

Please join us at the Green Living Show, April 27 to 29, 2007, in the Automotive Building, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Visit the Ontario Nature booth to meet our staff, find out more about the organization and look through our publications. Enjoy the Art of Nature Show and Sale – a portion of the proceeds will go to Ontario Nature.

Highlights include two original Robert Bateman paintings. For more information, visit www.greenlivingshow.ca.

Swan rescue

Last November, a trumpeter swan was nearly struck by a powerboat being driven at high speed on Lake Simcoe. While the swan was not hit, it was injured by the boat’s wake as the driver circled the bird.

Two local field naturalists, who happened to be in the area at the time, took pictures of the boat and driver, who later surrendered himself to police and has been charged under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Small Vessel Regulations.

The swan, its wing badly broken, was taken to the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. Because the swan may not fly again, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre has agreed to keep the bird in the hopes that it will mate and breed. Rehabilitation may cost more than $2,000. Members of the Brereton Nature Club and the Six Mile Lake Conservationists Club are organizing fundraising events to cover the costs of rehabilitation. Donations can be sent to the Brereton Field Naturalists Club, c/o Brian Gibbon, 24 George St., Barrie, on l4n 5n3. Make your cheque out to the club and write “Swan fund” at the bottom of it. A tax receipt will be issued for any amount over $10.

For more information, write to Anne Lewis, president, Six Mile Lake Conservationists Club, PO Box 49, MacTier, on p0c 1h0 or phone her at 705-756-8425 (sixmiler@yahoo.com).

Fence removal

Last September, 10 employees from Lo-Tek Wireless and three Ontario Nature staff spent the day at the Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve near Newmarket, removing sections of livestock fencing that crossed the old fields on the reserve. Originally erected to contain cattle, the fencing had long ago ceased to serve any useful function and had, over time, become a barrier that prevented wildlife such as red fox and white-tailed deer from moving freely across the reserve.

Approximately 500 metres of fencing was removed, along with some fence posts. Some of the wooden posts were left standing to serve as perching spots for the grassland birds that inhabit the old fields. The old fencing and metal fence posts were hauled to a nearby transfer station, where they will be recycled.

Ontario Nature thanks Lo-Tek Wireless and the Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for their support of this project.

A public event is planned for September 9, 2007, to remove the remaining fencing on the reserve. Please contact Lisa Richardson, Volunteer for Nature coordinator, at lisar@ontarionature.org or 416-444-8419, ext. 222, to find out how you can help.

New bird book

The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club has published a splendid new book written by Robert Curry – Birds of Hamilton and Surrounding Areas. Its 676 pages document the status of more than 385 species of birds within the Hamilton Study Area, which extends 40 kilometres from Hamilton and includes Halton, Brant, Haldimand,

Norfolk, Peel, Waterloo, Wellington and Niagara counties. In addition to detailed accounts of bird species, the book features 32 pages of colour photographs, original art by Robert Bateman, David Beadle and Peter Burke,

a provocative foreword by Fred Bodsworth, contributions from leading local field naturalists, detailed colour maps of regional hot spots and seasonal bar graphs for each species. Birds of Hamilton and Surrounding Areas costs $60 and is available through the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club (www.hamiltonnature.org, 905-381-0329) and local book retailers.

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