4 | Earth Watch
Acid rain: starting at the top; Tobermory Islands: a new national park; Great Lakes report: the land as a polluter; Bald Eagle bites back; road through Killarney? The consultant says no; Algonquin Park’s future: the uncertainty persists; environmental survey probes Ontario psyche; Niagara Escarpment: public hearings continue; environmental issues attract Ontario’s legislators; Environmental Assessment Act: five years old and still a toddler; provincial parks: bits and pieces.

9 | Notes
Summer students strengthen FON.

39 | Annual Conference
FON’s Annual Conference report.

45 | In the Field: Volunteer Projects for Naturalists
Ontario rare woody plant program; Great Lakes beached bird survey.

46 | Groundswell
A question of numbers.
By Ron Reid


14 | The Good Samaritan
Rescuing baby birds apparently facing certain death can be hazardous — for the birds. Kindness can sometimes kill.
By Kathleen Airdrie

On the cover
18 | The Niagara Escarpment: An Issue of the Heart
Feeling run high on the Niagara Escarpment. Here’s one man’s impassioned plea for its protection as a whole, not piecemeal.
By Ron Reid

22 | The Politics of Preservation
Blood, sweat and fears mark the path to preservation. It’s uphill all the way, and the fighting — and the protagonists — are fierce.
By Joseph A. Curtin

26 | Birth of a Movement
Creating a hot, new conservation group is one thing; persuading the mandarins to preserve the mountain is quite another.
By Lyn MacMillan

30 | The River Everyone Wants
The Spanish River has some of the best white-water canoeing in Ontario. INCO wants to dam it for a privare supply of water.
By Frank Longstaff

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