4 | Earth Watch
New restrictions on wildlife trade; FON lays charges against Minister; joint hearings legislation passed; a new park for the prairies; a better deal for non-game; rare birds helped by technology; Ontario-wide recycling information.

10 | Notes
Robert Bateman spots 114 species and raises $14,000 in the Baillie Birdathon.

42 | Annual Conference
FON’s 57th Annual Conference, held in Guelph.

52 | In the Field: Volunteer Projects for Naturalists
Colour-marked snow buntings; grants available for bird projects.

54 | Groundswell
Is Ontario overdue for a parks trust?
By Ron Reid


14 | Bluebirds & Leo Smith
Lately the bluebird of happiness has fallen on hard times. Now the future looks brighter since the advent of The Bluebird Man.
By Marina M. McDougall

On the cover
18 | Survival by Consent: The Elk
Elk, or Wapiti, are big, bold and beautiful. Despite former systematic attempts to destroy them, a remnant herd still survives here.
By J. David Taylor

26 | Boughs of Bounty
Are you nuts about nuts? If the answer is yes, you won’t want to miss this illustrated guide to gathering wild nuts in Ontario.
By Carolyn Turnbull

33 | Wildlife Rabies
Sometimes called the “wild dog disease,” rabies in fact is spread by wildlife. This dread disease is now being attacked at the source.
By Dennis R. Voigt

38 | Summer Lightning, Insect Fire
The sexual antics of fireflies are intriguing to say the least, as research uncovers their finely-honed code system.
By Norma & David Barr

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