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Seasons Autumn 1993

Seasons Autumn 1993

DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page New trips and tours programs better than ever. By John Cartwright 7 | Earth Watch Southern Ontario to wait three years for lead-shot ban; report on old growth promotes conservation; Happy Birthday! More rail traffic for Algonquin; timber cuts still encroaching on Quetico Park; highway 60 or highway 460? 16 […]

Seasons Summer 1993

Seasons Summer 1993

DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page Expanding our view of protection. By John Cartwright 7 | Earth Watch Report on Niagara Escarpment plan seriously flawed; timber plan covets prime caribou habitat; wetlands policy already being challenged; how will huge timber cuts affect Quetico. 42 | Notes Final year of fieldwork for provisional Mammal Atlas; update on […]

Seasons Spring 1993

Seasons Spring 1993

DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page The dilemma of direct mailing. By John Cartwright 7 | Earth Watch Join Megasin Lake’s fight for a fair EA; Superior Forest’s TMP needn’t wait for policy; Forest audit confirms FON’s suspicions; Second Marsh returned to City of Oshawa; “No net loss” is no gain for wetland; Wabakimi Park: a […]

Seasons Winter 1992

Seasons Winter 1992

DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page Are we meddling or making amends? By John Cartwright 7 | Earth Watch Wetlands implementation guidelines fall short; mini-Sewell document from MMA; mixed reviews of “New Planning News”; draft evaluation system scores low; timber operators decline along with white pine; beetle biocontrol is closer; old growth advisory focuses on consumption; […]

Seasons Summer 1992

Seasons Summer 1992

DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page Looking back over two years. By Mary Smith 8 | Earth Watch Ministry cancels gypsy moth spray program; Ontario to promote “desirable” development; proposals threaten Quetico’s future; good and bad news for Oak Ridges Moraine; the challenge of sustainability in Frenchman’s Bay; predators hunted at waterfowl refuge; paving the escarpment […]

Seasons Spring 1992

Seasons Spring 1992

DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page Tomorrow’s conservationists. By Mary Smith 7 | Earth Watch Changes to game and fish act unveiled; forest plan proposes cuts next to six parks; deer cull at Rondeau postponed; plan for Turtle River Park lacks protection; Algonquin Park fishing agreement under way; National Parks policy gets an overhaul; Sewell planning […]

Seasons Autumn 1992

Seasons Autumn 1992

DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page Leaving a legacy of warblers. By John Cartwright 7 | Earth Watch Wetlands policy – at last somebody listened; trees act revisions lack fibre; beetle to battle Purple loosestrife; Bill 162: push it through; quality cuts: Bracebridge tries selection harvest; more stands may fall as Missinaibi’s plan stalls; shrike habitat […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 | […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

Letters – from St. Joseph’s Health Centr

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 […]

Artificial Light Brings Heavy Consequenc...

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodi

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]