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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 […]

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 […]

Ontario Nature’s Year in Review

Lyal Island Nature Reserve field work

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.

Letters – “Coyotes’ bad rap”

Letters – “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 […]

ON Nature Winter 2017

ON Nature Winter 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue Fostering community conservation. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Great Lakes grasshopper; engaging northern citizen scientists; another successful summit; a new wetland guide; Master Naturalists program expands. 36 | Our Member Groups   Habitat corridors protect Hamilton’s pollinators. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   A legacy of dedication to […]

Letters – Energy East pipeline cancellat

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 […]

Letters – “Another win for the county”

Letters – “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 […]

ON Nature Autumn 2017

ON Nature Autumn 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue Public defenders. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Ratsnake research; our special pollinator spaces; bike trail benefits; south shore success; honouring conservation heroes; collaborating with Indigenous communities. 36 | Member Groups   A win for the Nottawasaga River. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Conservation heroes feted. By Kirsten […]

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 […]

Land Protection and Indigenous Peoples

Shoreline of inland lake at Point Grondine Park

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 […]

ON Nature Summer 2017

ON Nature Summer 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue If there is a will, there is a way. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Snapping turtle win; boreal outreach; the case against pesticides; surveying salamanders; photo contest finalists. 36 | Our Member Groups   Our strength in numbers. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   A friend of nature: […]

ON Nature Spring 2017

ON Nature Spring 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue A time of rejuvenation. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch A guide to spiders, counting reptile roadkill, reducing bird strikes, partnership for pollinators, Indigenous perspectives on conservation offsets. 35 |Our Member Groups   A golden jubilee. By Lisa Richardson 36 | Our Community   Sydenham River joins Ontario Nature’s nature reserve […]

Running crab spider

Running crab spider

Description: Although other species of Philodromus may be larger, this species is a fairly small spider.  Females are 2.7 to 4.5 millimetres long, males range from 2.5 to 3.5 millimetres.  The cephalothorax and abdomen are light-coloured in the middle, and both are darker (light reddish) along the edges.  The abdomen has a reddish stripe down […]

Letters – Second Reply to Dr. Foster by

Sea lamprey

Re: “Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter”, Re: “Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys“, Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) This is my second reply to Dr. Foster concerning his proposal to experimentally cut back on sea lamprey control in Lake Superior […]

ON Nature Winter 2016

ON Nature Winter 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue When the going gets tough… By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Protecting Rouge Park; northern partners; summer outreach; Youth Summit success; trashing Oxford County; Ostrander Point victory. 36 | Our Community   Chasing trout. 37 | Our Member Groups   Protecting tallgrass prairie. By Lisa Richardson 38 | Last Word To […]

Mashkinonje

Mashkinonje

By Back Roads Bill Wetlands are often misunderstood because we usually think of them as a “swamp,” often in movies it is where the bodies are found. At one time everything was a “swamp,” not a place to go for a holiday or spend some quality time. We are now learning wetlands are important but we […]

Ground crab spider (Xysticus species)

Ground crab spider (Xysticus species)

Description: These are small to medium crab spiders. Female 4 to 9 millimetres, male 3 to 7 millimetres. This group of crab spiders ranges from grey to brown in colour, and includes several species in our area. Habitat: May be on the ground or up in plants, waiting patiently to ambush prey, but is less […]

Twobanded antmimic

Twobanded antmimic

Description: A medium-sized, slender, ant-like spider. Female 6.7 – 8.8 millimetres, male 5.7 – 6.8 millimetres. The body is overall dark brownish red with two white bands on the abdomen’s front half. Segments of legs further from body are lighter in colour. Habitat: Leaf litter and under rocks and wood in forested areas, has also been […]

Leaf curling sac spider

Leaf curling sac spider

Description: A medium-sized sac spider. Female from 5.5 – 8.7 millimetres, male from 4.4 to 7.4 millimetres. The cephalothorax is mid-brown, darker around the eyes. The chelicerae are very dark. The light brown abdomen has a dark central stripe tapering towards the back. Habitat: Wet meadows and along streams, especially in long grasses.     […]

Striped fishing spider

Striped fishing spider

Description: A very large fishing spider, similar to Dolomedes tenebrosus. Females range from 17 – 24 millimetres, males from 13 – 16 millimetres. The abdomen usually shows four “W-shaped” marks. Males have a broad whitish band around the entire cephalothorax, and a light band along the sides of the abdomen. Habitat: Usually found near or on water, […]

Splendid dwarf spider

Splendid dwarf spider

Description: A very small but spectacularly coloured spider. Females are 2.5 – 3.0 millimetres, males are 2.0 – 2.3 millimetres. The cephalothorax is bright reddish orange, contrasting with a shiny black abdomen. Habitat: Weaves tiny sheet webs near or on the ground, often among leaves, under rocks or in low vegetation, may be found higher […]

Hammock spider

Hammock spider

Description: Although a small spider, hammock spiders are large for this family. Females range from 5 – 7 millimetres, males from 4.5 – 6 millimetres. The cephalothorax is pale, with a dark mark like forceps starting in two lines near the eyes and joining towards the abdomen. The light-coloured abdomen has a central line resembling […]

Conical trashline orbweaver

Conical trashline orbweaver

Description: This is a small orbweaver. Females range from 5 to 7.5 millimetres, males from 3 to 4 millimetres. The cephalothorax is dark brown. The abdomen is white with various brown patterns, and has a distinctive lobe extending from its posterior which accounts for part of its common name. The legs are pale brown. The […]

Starbellied orbweaver

Starbellied orbweaver

Description: A medium-sized orbweaver. Females range from 7 – 15 millimetres, males from 5 – 8 millimetres. Between 10 and 12 points jut out from the abdomen’s edge, giving this spider a somewhat star-like shape and making it easy to identify in the field. Even its two lateral (side) eyes are set on points. There is […]

Bridge orbweaver

Bridge orbweaver

Description: A medium-sized orbweaver. Females range from 8 – 14 millimetres, males from 6 – 7 millimetres. The cephalothorax is dark with thin white lines along the edge created by hairs. The abdomen has a dark “folium” mark outlined by white. The legs are banded dark and light. Habitat: Most often found on human structures, such […]

Correction

Correction

In the fall 2016 issue of ON Nature (“Protecting Grassland in Forks of the Credit”),  we erroneously stated that Ontario Parks is planning to convert a portion of Forks of the Credit Provincial Park’s (FCPP) grassland into forest. In fact, Ontario Parks has not said that they will actively reforest any part of FCPP. We […]

Goldenrod crab spider

Goldenrod crab spider

Description: A fairly large crab spider. Females measure 5 – 10 millimetres, and males are smaller, at 3 – 4 millimetres. Although colour in this species varies, it is typically yellow or white with red streaks on each side of the abdomen, and with a reddish or orange patch around the eyes. This species closely […]

Slender crab spider

Slender crab spider

Description: A medium-sized spider. Female from 6 – 10 millimetres; male from 5 – 7 millimetres. Its body is overall light brown. As its name suggest, the abdomen is very slender (about three times as long as wide ). A dark middle stripe extends from its eye region to the tip of its abdomen where there […]

Parson spider

Parson spider

Description: A medium-sized spider. The female is 6 – 9 millimetres, the male 5 – 6 millimetres. The cephalothorax is dark reddish brown, usually with a broad light median stripe. The abdomen is dark grey with a white stripe on the back and an additional white spot at its posterior end. Habitat: Often in and […]

Yellow sac spider

Yellow sac spider

Description: A medium-sized spider. Females range from 5 – 10 millimetres, males from 4 – 8 millimetres. Overall the body is pale yellow and seems somewhat translucent. The chelicerae (below eyes) become black towards the fangs. The legs are black–tipped. Habitat: Most often encountered indoors, where it wanders walls and ceilings in search of prey; […]