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Past Seasons

Talking Wings Seasons, Summer 1990Butterfly wings aren’t just for flying and sunbathing. Butterflies use their wings to communicate with potential predators and mates. Read more. Shell Stories Dragon of the Wetlands Seasons, Spring 1994Relentlessly aggressive and ferociously carnivorous, the dragonfly has earned its name. Read more. Habitat for the Hardy Seasons, Autumn 1996Scorching heat, numbing […]

Top ten ON Nature articles

barn swallows in nest

Here are our top ten favourite articles from our award-winning magazine, ON Nature. You can read them on your desktop, tablet or phone. Let us know which one is your favourite! Looking for more environmental news? You can read current and back issues of ON Nature online. Get closer to nature by exploring Ontario’s natural […]

Seasons Winter 1995

Seasons Winter 1995

DEPARTMENTS 8 | Earth Watch Calling a halt to the spring bear hunt; Bats only—no gate-crashers allowed; voice of support for the escarpment plan; sustainable-forest plan tested; a chance to protect roadless wilderness; Canada and Mexico protect monarchs; J. Murray Speirs Ecological Reserve is created; update on Presqu’ile plan. 42 | Insider Introducing Eco-net; Petrel […]

Seasons Autumn 1995

Seasons Autumn 1995

DEPARTMENTS 7 | Earth Watch Lead shot banned for waterfowl hunting; can Quetico’s wilderness survive?; forest management; Temagami: five lost years; the Morris Tract: a jewel in our midst. 27 | Birder’s Notebook Were they just quiet today? By Ted Cheskey 35 | Insider New structure for FON council; conference report. FEATURES 14 | Presqu’ile […]

Seasons Summer 1995

Seasons Summer 1995

DEPARTMENTS 7 | Earth Watch Ontario expands Wabakimi Park to 900,000 hectares; Parks Ontario: putting the pieces back together; wolf/coyote report is seriously flawed; Ontario’s proposed new Endangered Species Act dies. 36 | Insider Unauthorized fire set at Pelee Reserve; caring for our nature reserves; rare-bird reports now available. 38 | Election Special With the […]

Seasons Spring 1995

Seasons Spring 1995

DEPARTMENTS 9 | Earth Watch Westside Marsh: Wetland or quarry?; subdivision threatens Lynde Marsh; still no final word on Wabakimi; 404 extension: road going nowhere?; still timber, not forest, management; Algonquin timber plan revisited. 40 | Insider Eagerly awaiting our first easement; invasive species brochure in the works. 43 | Birder’s Notebook Stalking the elusive […]

Seasons Winter 1998

Seasons Winter 1998

DEPARTMENTS 5 |In This Issue  The stories stones tellBy Victoria Foote 6 | EarthwatchRouge Valley victory short lived; Lake Erie too clean; lack of legislation leaves species at risk 14 | Letters  17 |This Season  Gary and Joanie McGuffin go on the adventure of a lifetime, again and againBy Margaret Carney 36 | Insider  Behind the scenes at […]

Seasons Autumn 1998

Seasons Autumn 1998

DEPARTMENTS 5 |In This Issue  John Muir shows us the wayBy Stephan Fuller 6 | EarthwatchVictoria Point victory; tampering with the science education curriculum; the regeneration of a savannah 14 | Letters  17 |This Season  Uber-birders Mike Runtz and Bruce Di Labio go head to head in the Taverner Cup.By Jeff Harrison 36 | Insider  Behind the scenes […]

ON Nature Fall 2019

ON Nature Fall 2019

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue A vote for nature. By Caroline Schultz 7 | Earth Watch Tree planting program saved, How to photograph a bumble bee, Wetland protection in Ontario, Photo contest winner unveiled, And more… 36 |Our Member Groups   Soaring into the fall. By Noah Cole 37 | Our Community   Wetland gift creates a […]

ON Nature Summer 2019

ON Nature Summer 2019

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Humanity’s legacy. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Ojibway Shores protected, Monitoring wild boars, ALUS expansion, Bird-friendly hay, And more… 36 |Our Member Groups   Outdoor learning in Norfolk. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Friend of nature passes on her passion. By Portia Mohlmann 38 | Last Word […]

Protecting a wildlife corridor on the Se...

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 […]

ON Nature Spring 2019

ON Nature Spring 2019

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue The people spoke. By Caroline Schultz 7 | Earth Watch Monitoring Ontario’s snakes, Preventing Lyme, A new bat guide, The benefits of fire, And more… 36 |Our Member Groups   Spring is for the birds. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Trees of life. By Danielle Duchin 38 | Last […]

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 […]

Letters – St. Joseph’s

Letters – St. Joseph’s

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 […]

Artificial Light Brings Heavy Consequenc...

glaring lights above the shore in a city

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 […]

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 […]

Committed to the conservation and enhanc...

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Letters: – “Nesting Instincts”

Letters: – “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 […]

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 […]

Letters – “Killer weed”

Letters – “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 […]