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New year, new look

New year, new look

Re: Have you read the new issue of ON Nature? I have indeed read the latest issue of ON Nature. I like the format of longer and shorter articles. The images are attractive. I was especially interested in the Plant Predators article as I am waiting impatiently for cottage season. We are on a lake […]

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ON Nature Spring 2005

ON Nature Spring 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue One Big Contributor Saying goodbye to Gregor Beck. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Oak Ridges Moraine update; no EA for proposed quarry along Lake Superior; caribou population in decline. 15 | Profile Miracle Worker – Absent for the province since the 1700’s, the trumpeter swan is back thanks […]

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ON Nature Summer 2005

ON Nature Summer 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Safe Places Is anywhere truly protected? By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Mining-friendly provincial policy; PWC drivers run amok; let your children go au naturel. 36 | Field Trip Native grasses. By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler 41 | Inside Ontario Nature Meet our new executive director; tell us […]

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ON Nature Winter 2005

ON Nature Winter 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Happy Anniversary. Congratulations to our members for making Ontario a better place for three-quarters of a century. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Tall grass prairie in peril; herbicide kills more than just weeds; rejuvenating a forest. 15 | Profile Tree Hugger – Environmental commissioner and Ontario Nature life […]

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ON Nature Autumn 2005

ON Nature Autumn 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Paper Makers Who says we need trees? By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Why the snake won’t cross the road; diamonds in the far, far north; the sprawl crawl. 28 | Urban Nature To many, it’s just lichen. To those who know, this strange hybrid of fungi and algae […]

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ON Nature Summer 2009

ON Nature Summer 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Natural Connections Our new program takes children outside. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Bat populations plummet as white nose syndrome spreads; scientists discover weird and wonderful ecosystems at the bottom of Lake Huron; the Greenbelt may be bigger. 40 | Bird Watch King Rail – Tucked into the […]

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ON Nature Spring 2009

ON Nature Spring 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Nature’s Economy Building on our natural capital is a sound investment. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Dangerously low calcium levels in boreal lakes trigger a break in the food chain; native wasps fend off non-native beetle infestations; the last road trip; where cars go to die. 36 | […]

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ON Nature Fall 2009

ON Nature Fall 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Battling the Bureaucracy The impenetrable environmental assessment process. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch New ideas about old-growth forests; kayakers clean up in Georgian Bay; green alternatives to salt; Guelph development encroaches on rare species habitat. On the cover 28 | Urban Nature   Plan Bee In the wake of […]

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ON Nature Winter 2009

ON Nature Winter 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue The Big Picture Working toward a solution to climate change. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Forests get sprayed; quarry along Lake Superior shoreline gets the go-ahead; bringing back the chestnut; farming in Frontenac park ends; invasive gobies in the Great Lakes tributaries; climate change and the great lakes. […]

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Protecting a wildlife corridor on the Severn

Long Lake aerial north, Swift Rapids Road area

This Swift Rapids area gallery compliments an article which is part of a series on natural areas in Ontario that call out for protection, in the process helping Canada meet its international commitment to protect at least 17 percent of land and inland waters by 2020.   Large tracts of undeveloped land south of the Canadian […]

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ON Nature Winter 2018

ON Nature Winter 2018

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue A fine balance. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Christmas Bird Counts; honouring Canada’s fallen soldiers; boreal outreach; federal safety net for species. 36 | Member Groups   Celebrating a northern legacy. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Supporting the next generation of environmental leaders. By Danielle Duchin 38 […]

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ON Nature Fall 2018

ON Nature Fall 2018

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue A dull roar. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch BioBlitz challenge; disappearing turtles; neonics fight continues; Picturing Protection photo contest winners. 36 | Member Groups   Nature Network flourishes in the east. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Conservation heroes recognized. By Jaklynn Nimec 38 | Last Word Forestry […]

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ON Nature Summer 2018

ON Nature Summer 2018

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Wild at heart. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Indigenous solar project; Bee City expansion; monitoring mudpuppies; protecting Ojibway Shores. 36 | Member Groups   Bird safety group turns 25. By Noah Cole 37 | Our Community   Protecting nature for future generations. By Kirsten Dahl 38 | Last Word A […]

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ON Nature Spring 2018

ON Nature Spring 2018

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Special places. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Tracking milkweed; vote for nature; counting Christmas birds; protect the places we love. 36 | Member Groups   A founding Ontario Nature group honoured in London. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   A founding Ontario Nature group honoured in London. By […]

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Reduce Personal Plastic Waste

Blue plastic bottles

Are you concerned about the harmful effects of plastic waste in the environment? Does the problem sometimes feel overwhelming? It is, indeed, a big issue, but there are many ways that you as an individual can help improve the situation. Here a few simple tips to get you started: Instead of purchasing bottled water, carry […]

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ON Nature Winter 2012

ON Nature Winter 2012

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Fred Bodsworth: About a naturalist The legacy of a famous author, birder and past president By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Citizen scientists make record contributions to Ontario Nature’s atlas; the Christmas Bird Count is about to begin; Ontario Nature gets a new reserve; local food systems in northern Ontario; […]

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Letters – from St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Letters – from St. Joseph’s Health Centre

The Volunteer Services Department at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto would like to thank Ontario Nature Magazine for your generous contribution of interesting reading material. We truly appreciate your support. In times of discomfort, your magazines really pulled through for patients who are in our hospital for long stays. We also distributed your magazines to […]

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Letters – Re: “When Nature Calls”

Letters – Re: “When Nature Calls”

Re: When Nature Calls I noticed in the picture on page 18 & 19 “When Nature Calls” in the Fall 2018 issue that it looks like the hiker is carrying a single-use plastic water bottle in her backpack. This may be getting picky, but it does not send the right message. I imagine it was […]

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Artificial Light Brings Heavy Consequences

Artificial Light Brings Heavy Consequences

The term “pollution” does not make many people think of artificial light, but it should. The convenience of 24-hour light comes at a heavy cost to humans and wildlife alike. Many species use light instinctually for migration, foraging and reproduction patterns. But what Ray Ford, author of Blinded by the light, calls “eternal twilight” has […]

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Committed to the conservation and enhancement of Ontario’s biodiversity

Killarney Provincial Park

Since 2015, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has partnered with Ontario Nature for Giving Tuesday. Thanks to their support, we have been able to restore vulnerable habitats, protect wild pollinators, defend endangered species and so much more. This year, OPG is sponsoring our Giving Tuesday campaign to help protect the places we love. If you would […]

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Letters – A tale of two Davids

Letters – A tale of two Davids

Dear Editor, I am a long-standing member of Ontario Nature, and have been an active member and twice-President of Nature Barrie, one of the member organizations. I am very supportive and appreciative of the work our federation does. I also teach Conservation Biology to undergraduate students and I know from that experience that engaging people […]

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Letters – Re: Re: “Nesting Instincts”

Letters – Re: Re: “Nesting Instincts”

Re: Nesting Instincts Dear ON Nature, We read with great interest the article on replacement nesting habitats for barn swallows. We were laughing out loud and shaking our heads at the arrogant hubris of those who would keep building structures that don’t work. Maybe they should have put up a sign (“Swallows Nest Here please”). […]

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Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Re: A Different Kind of Biodiversity Dear Mike, I agree with your observations about the diversity of the membership of naturalist organizations. I have also seen the same membership bias and ageing effect in hiking clubs and hiking trail organizations. If you are involved in Ontario Nature in any of the southwestern Ontario clubs you […]

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Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Re: A Different Kind of Biodiversity The solution to getting ‘young, ethnically & culturally different people’ involved in the environmental movement is to educate them very young. Ontario Nature needs to take a look at the Ontario curriculum & then provide elementary teachers with resources that fit this curriculum. As a retired educator who is […]

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Picturing Protection Photo Contest

This summer, we asked you to help protect the places you love by submitting a photo to our Picturing Protection Photo Contest. We received nearly 100 stunning images of protected areas across Ontario! The top three submissions chosen by our editorial team were featured in the fall issue of ON Nature Magazine. But we received […]

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A Guide to Bats in Ontario

A Guide to Bats in Ontario

As the only flying mammals in the world, bats can make an impressive claim to fame. Eight species of these nocturnal creatures live in Ontario. Agile and predatory, bats are capable of extremely sophisticated bio-sonar, also called echolocation, meaning that they emit pulses of sound and can detect echoes bouncing back from objects, including their prey.

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Letters – Re: “Root of Temptation”

Letters – Re: “Root of Temptation”

Re: Root of Temptation There are many documented benefits to American ginseng, it is not necessary to discredit its proper medicinal use with the term “purported”. Of course poaching is not ok. Harald Dienes, Ontario

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Letters – Re: “River of Life”

North French River, ON Nature feature

The article, River of Life, in the Spring 2018 issue, did a great disservice to the readers, setting a new low in biased journalism. Long on emotion and bereft of facts, the article gave the reader no information on which to judge possible development in the North French River watershed. It starts with the bias […]

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Letters: Re – “Nesting Instincts”

Letters: Re – “Nesting Instincts”

Re: Nesting Instincts I read with great interest the article “Nesting Instincts” in your recent Spring 2018 ON Nature magazine about the barn swallows.  The new structures built to replace existing barns/bridges/etc. have been erected with ready to occupy nesting cups.  As the article states, instinct would lead swallows to build where and how they […]

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Letters – Re: “Tracking Monarch Habitat”

Re: Tracking Monarch Habitat I signed up for milkweed watch as encouraged on page 6 of your Spring 2018 issue. 2017 seemed to be a very good year for Monarch butterflies here. And as I have done for many years, I scattered the seeds as best I could on the property. – Phelps Goodman

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Letters – Re: “Killer weed”

Letters – Re: “Killer weed”

What to do about phragmites is difficult and controversial, so we hoped to sparked a dialogue. We have received some thoughtful responses to Brad Badelt’s feature article “Killer weed.” Here are several letters from readers who care deeply about the environment, but hold different perspectives on phragmites. Where do you stand? John, In 1993 I […]

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Ontario Nature’s Year in Review

Ontario Nature’s Year in Review

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on some of what we accomplished for nature this year. We could not have done it without you – our members, friends, followers, funders and sponsors. With your support, we continue to be Ontario’s leading organization protecting wild species and wild spaces.

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Letters – Re: “Coyotes’ bad rap”

Letters – Re: “Coyotes’ bad rap”

Re: Coyotes’s bad rap A little while ago, I read the article about coyotes in our midst.  I  have ambiguous feelings towards the measures recommended to discourage coyotes:  fruit tree and fruit removal, bird feeder removal etc.  We know coyotes will always be there, as we know they adapt.  So, if they can survive near […]

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Have a heart for habitats this Giving Tuesday

Have a heart for habitats this Giving Tuesday

….Republished via opg.com….. OPG.COM, 11/23/2017 On the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, use your savings to help make Ontario a safe haven for wild species. For the third year, OPG has teamed up with Ontario Nature, a non-profit conservation group, to help protect Ontario’s wildlife on “Giving Tuesday.” On Nov. 28, people are […]

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Today is Giving Tuesday: Have a Heart for Habitats

Today is Giving Tuesday: Have a Heart for Habitats

Without a place to live, wild species cannot survive. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation threaten 80 percent of species at risk and negatively impact all wild plants and animals. Today, you can help make Ontario a safe haven for wild species.

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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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