5 | This issue
A Fine Balance: Is there a meeting ground between environmentalists and the aggregate industry?
By Victoria Foote
8 | Earth Watch
Mining along Lake Superior’s shoreline; new chemical compounds found in gull eggs; an energy boost for Ontario.
15 | Profile
Man With a Plan: Superintendent Robin Reilly wants Quetico Provincial Park to be more than a remote paddling destination.
By Bruce Gillespie
36 | Urban Nature
Birding in the Big City: Find out when and where to go during the spectacular fall migration.
By Ted Cheskey
38 | Field Trip
Beetles in Ontario.
By Dan Schneider
44 | Inside Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature awards Frank Pope; green heroes celebrated at AGM; money raised for Smart Growth program.
46 | Last Word
Come on in — True, we have lots of parks in Ontario. But did you know that they can be logged, mined and paved?
By Evan Ferrari and Jim Faught
On the cover
18 | 9,500 Holes and Counting
Pits and quarries pockmark our landscape, often in some of the province’s most sensitive habitats. Urban sprawl fuels the aggregate industry and the industry underpins urban sprawl.
By Ray Ford
24 | Last Stand
Little is left of southern Ontario’s grand old forests thanks to development, roads and large-scale agriculture. The provincial government must adopt a Greenway Strategy aimed at protecting our forests and keeping urban borders firm — before it’s too late.
By Helena Rusak
29 | Notes from Frontenac Park
Sometimes, explains a dedicated soloist, nature is best experience one-on-one.
By Chris Higgins
32 | The Hot Shots
The winners of the annual nature photo contest.
Photos © Scott Fairbairn, Peter MacCallum