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Re: “The Killing Fields” [Spring 2010] Kudos to Paul Webster [“The Killing Fields,” Autumn 2009] for alerting us to the devastating impact of pesticides on birds. I had not realized the numbers killed were in the hundreds of millions. This is truly a tragedy. It’s also true, of course, that pesticides harm people, and here […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2020

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue The path forward.By Caroline Schultz 7 | Earth Watch Mushroom workshops, Fighting phragmites, A new breeding bird atlas, Protecting the Holland Marsh And more… 38 | Last Word Where is the political will to protect habitat? By Julee Boan and Rachel Plotkin 37 | Our Community   Citizens save a wetland. […]

Monarch Butterfly Effect

Monarch Butterfly illustration

Re: “The Monarch Butterfly Effect” [Winter 2019] About 33 percent of Monarch Watch recoveries in Mexico are from reared monarchs. Lab rearing conditions (12 hours replicating day and night, 27 C constant temperatures) failed to provide environmental cues that lead to reproductive diapause or migration. Induction of a non-reproductive state and migration is complicated and […]

Blue Frogs

Blue frog

Re: “Do Green Frogs Get The Blues?” Hello: I have enjoyed yet another edition of Ontario Nature magazine.  The article on page 13 “Do Green Frogs Get The Blues?” was especially appealing as the property we listed in your magazine’s spring edition did indeed have a blue frog on it. Refer to my website: pbase.com/snorkelady/image/170206425. Thank you […]

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 tell.By 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 again.By Margaret Carney 36 | Insider  Behind the scenes at […]

Seasons Autumn 1998

Seasons Autumn 1998

DEPARTMENTS 5 |In This Issue  John Muir shows us the way.By 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 […]

Neonic Lawsuit Ruling

Neonic Lawsuit Ruling

Re: The Disappointing Decision on the Neonic Lawsuit To the Editor of ON Nature, Further to Anne Bell’s Neonic lawsuit article, the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation has monitored the use of pesticides applied by seven golf courses in the Collingwood area for over 10 years. The area golf courses are using Class 9 Pesticides […]

Norway Maples

Norway Maples

Re: The Leafy Viking I read your article regarding Norway maple trees with interest. I am very interested in preserving our native caterpillar populations and support planting native tree species. To that end I have planted two paper birch trees, a swamp willow, a striped maple and a tamarack on my residential property. I also […]

Hemp

Hemp

Dear Ontario Nature, it is more important now than ever before that we stop being afraid, we must stop living from a state of fear of hemp. Hemp is the most useful versatile plant in the world, you name it, hemp can do it, there is almost nothing this plant cannot do, thats why it […]

Red-backed Salamanders

Red-backed Salamanders

Re: Urban Planet Hello, I enjoyed reading your Summer 2019 issue, particularly the article “Where are all the bugs?”. The loss of insect populations and diversity is a terrible threat, like climate change, that more people should be aware of and taking action on. On page 33 of “Urban Planet”, bottom of the middle column, […]

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 […]

Forestry Policy

Forestry Policy

Re: Closing the Loop on Forest Protection? I am a retired forester and a long-time member of Ontario Nature. Concerning your recent article in the 2019 Spring issue of the ON Nature magazine, my take is this: You say that licenced companies under the Forest Stewardship Council certification process – by the way, American companies […]

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 […]

St. Joseph’s Donation

St. Joseph’s Donation

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

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 […]

A Tale of Two Davids

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 […]

Barn Swallows

Barn Swallows

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”). […]

A Different Biodiversity

A Different 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 […]

Environmental Education

Environmental Education

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 […]

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 […]

Bats in Ontario

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.

North French River

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 […]

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 […]

Fixing the Nest

Fixing the Nest

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 […]