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Coyotes Conjecture

Coyotes Conjecture

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 us, why […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2017

ON Nature Magazine 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 […]

Energy East 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 […]

Wind Power Cancellation

Wind Power Cancellation

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 […]

ON Nature Magazine Autumn 2017

ON Nature Magazine 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 […]

Cambridge Pollinator Preserve

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 […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2017

ON Nature Magazine 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 Magazine Spring 2017

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This IssueA time of rejuvenation.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchA guide to spiders, counting reptile roadkill, reducing bird strikes, partnership for pollinators, Indigenous perspectives on conservation offsets. 35 | Our Member GroupsA golden jubilee.By Lisa Richardson 36 | Our CommunitySydenham River joins Ontario Nature’s nature reserve system.By Portia Mohlmann 38 | […]

Second Reply to Dr. Foster

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 Magazine Winter 2016

ON Nature Magazine 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 […]

Forks of the Credit

Caterpillar at Forks of the Credit

In the fall 2016 issue of ON Nature magazine (“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. […]

Too Much Tourism?

Too Much Tourism?

Dear Editor, In a day and age where money basically runs society it’s surprising just how many people can afford to travel. Thanks partly to online “deal finders” and the low Canadian dollar, visitors have all the more incentive to stay north of the border this summer season. But is this an issue? It is […]

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2016

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Nature’s bond. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Protecting grasslands; softshell turtle refuge; hog-nosed havens; pollinator protection; advancing citizen science; from wasteland to reserve; snapping turtle sorrows; Anne Bell reflects. 36 | Our Member Groups   Celebrating 25 years of rainforest conservation. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Ontario […]

Little Brown Bats

Little Brown Bats

In the sidebar of the feature “Don’t hate be ‘case I’m bountiful,” (Page 21, Summer 2016) we misrepresented the diet of little brown bats. Many thanks to Harry Brightwell of Stratford for alerting us about the error. “The suggestion that the little brown bat ‘is a voracious mosquito gobbler’ is propagating the myth that little […]

Sea lamprey Rebuttal

Sea lamprey Rebuttal

Re: “Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys” I have enormous respect for Randy Eshenroder’s fisheries expertise and experience, and I am not surprised by his views. I am sure they are shared by many of his colleagues at the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, not to mention a good number of other fisheries […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2016

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Call of the wild. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Gains for a greener future; the health benefits of nature; counting salamanders; counting the Sydenham River Nature Reserve. 37 | Our Member Groups Membership has its rewards. 38 | Last Word Bolstering our environmental rights. By Anne Bell FEATURES […]

Reply RE: Sea Lampreys

Reply RE: Sea Lampreys

Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) In the Spring 2016 issue, Dr. Foster reviewed tradeoffs between maintaining suppression (control) of sea lamprey in the Great Lakes and alleviating its impacts on non-target organisms, suggesting the time had come to consider allowing sea lamprey to “reach a point of natural equilibrium.”  Dr. Foster’s […]

Guild Woods

Guild Woods

Re: “City approves 68 new environmentally protected areas“(Toronto Star, November 2015) I represent a group called APESA: Alliance to Protect Environmentally Significant Areas. We are based in Scarborough, specifically Guildwood. I have just read an article published by Ontario Nature – in November of last year, I believe – regarding the designation of ESAs in […]

Leapfrog Development

Leapfrog Development

Re: “Urban sprawl leaps over the Greenbelt” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) I have just read “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt” in the current (Spring 2016) issue of ON Nature. It is alarming. Midhurst is close to Barrie where I live and development is spreading in all directions from what were the boundaries of the […]

Bird and Hay

Bird and Hay

Re: “The cutting edge” (Feature, Spring 2016) With regard to the photo on the title page of the article “Cutting Edge” in the Spring 2016 edition of ON Nature: I am a farmer, and I can recognized good — and bad — haying practices when I see them. The aforementioned photo illustrates a number of […]

Black Bear Hunt

Black Bear Hunt

Re: “Under the gun“, (Feature, Spring 2016) Am writing from Grey Bruce – home of a unique variation on Black Bears – and so read with interest, the piece by Conor re:  Under the Gun. I attempted to find the Ted Talk (2013) that he spoke about toward the end of the article – but […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2016

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue A river runs through it. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Caribou concerns; controlling sea lamprey; sustainable trail building; reflected lights and bird strikes; master naturalists; protecting the Greenbelt. 34 | Our Community A lasting legacy. 37 | Our Member Groups On the trail with field botanists. 38 | […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2015

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2015

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This IssueSkin in the game.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchPlovers make a comeback; air quality improves; nature reserve renamed; halting wetland destruction; beech bark disease; inspiring the next generation. 35 | Our Community  Heart and soul. 37 | Our Member Groups  A Misery Bay mystery. 38 | Last WordStrategies abound, but where is […]

Fish – Northern Species At Risk

Fish – Northern Species At Risk

Deepwater Sculpin (Myoxocephalus thompsonii)     Kiyi (Coregonus kiyi kiyi)     Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)     Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)     Northern Brook Lamprey (Ichthyomyzon fossor)     Short-jaw Cisco (Coregonus zenithicus)      

Birds – Northern Species At Risk

Birds – Northern Species At Risk

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)     Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)     Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)     Barn Swallow (Riparia riparia)     Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)     Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorous)     Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)     Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)     Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)     Eastern […]

Mammals – Northern Species At Risk

Mammals – Northern Species At Risk

American Badger (Taxidea taxus jacksoni)     Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas)        Eastern Cougar (Mountain Lion) (Puma concolor)       Eastern Wolf (Canis lupus lycaon)       Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)       Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus)       Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis)         Polar Bear […]

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Extirpated Provincially and Nationally Description • One of the largest freshwater fish in North America and one of the most prehistoric fishes in Ontario, with records dating back 70-75 million years • Thick, robust filter feeder with a long, paddle-like snout, and scale-less skin • Closely related to sturgeons and sharks with skeleton that is […]

Greater Prairie-chicken

Greater Prairie-chicken

Extirpated Provincially and Nationally Description • Large brown grouse with light and dark barring; short rounded tail • Male has yellow eye combs • During courtship dance male erects its wings and tail feathers, and produces a loud booming sound from orange air sacs on its neck • Non-migratory bird that requires large undisturbed areas […]

Eskimo Curlew

Eskimo Curlew

Extirpated Provincially, Endangered Nationally Description • Medium-sized, brownish shorebird; upper parts are sooty black to greyish-brown; underparts cinnamon; primary wing feathers are dark and unbarred; faint stripe above the eye • Long, slender, slightly down-curved bill Range • May be extinct (no fully substantiated records since 1963, when a single bird was collected in Barbados) […]

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Special Concern Provincially and Nationally Description • Large orange and black butterfly with small white spots • Caterpillar black, white and yellow striped; feeds on milkweed plants • Jade-coloured chrysalis with gold spots • Migrates to Oyamel fir forest of Mexico in winter Range • Eastern population is widespread throughout Ontario Threats • Habitat loss […]

Northern Brook Lamprey

Northern Brook Lamprey

Special Concern Provincially and Nationally Description • Small (up to 16 centimetres), nonparasitic lamprey that feeds on diatoms and protozoans • Dark greyish-brown back and sides; pale grey or silvery white belly; jawless mouth with teeth arranged in a circle; seven pairs of gill openings • Larva burrows in soft mud and spends about six […]

Kiyi

Kiyi

Upper Great Lakes Population: Special Concern Provincially and Nationally Description • Silvery sides with pink or purple iridescence; dark back; white underside • Large eyes; long paired fins; extending lower jaw Range • Historically found in all the Great Lakes except Lake Erie • Now occurs only in Lake Superior (extirpated from Lake Huron in […]

Deepwater Sculpin

Deepwater Sculpin

Great Lakes – Western St. Lawrence Populations: Special Concern Nationally Description • Flat, long body, four to 10 centimetres long; lacks true scales • Has separated dorsal fins and large pectoral fins with three bands • Eyes located at top of head; large mouth with small teeth • Dark grey to brown in colour with dark […]

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Special Concern Provincially and Nationally Description • Canada’s largest freshwater turtle, reaching 20-26 centimetres and weighing almost 15 kilograms • Can live well over 100 years • Large black, olive or brown shells typically covered in algae • Tail can be longer than body, with triangular crests along its length • Prefers slow-moving, shallow waters Range […]

Northern Map Turtle

Northern Map Turtle

Special Concern Provincially Description • Yellow, tan or orange lines on upper shell or carapace resemble contour lines on a map and are surrounded by dark borders • Rest of the carapace olive green or greyish brown • Lower shell or plastron light yellow to cream colour; yellow spot behind the eyes; both legs have […]

Eastern Milksnake

Eastern Milksnake

Special Concern Provincially and Nationally Description • Can be over one metre in length • Distinctive blotches that are red with black borders on dorsal; black and white checkerboard pattern on bellies • Not venomous Range • Widespread throughout southern Ontario • Can be found as far north as Lake Nipissing and Sault Ste. Marie […]