5 | This Issue
Sneak Preview: The state of Ontario’s birds.
By Victoria Foote
8 | Earth Watch
Spectacular coastline to be protected; driving through the forest; peregrine falcons face new threat; house cats threaten birds; Ontario Nature’s Eco-Tour.
16 | Profile
Environmental crusader Kaid Benfield marries green buildings to smart design and an eco-friendly community is born.
By John Lorinc
38 | Field Trip
Spiders: Nature’s web masters.
By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler
46 | Inside Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature awards green heroes; Vic Orr named environmentalist of the year.
48 | Last Word
Conservation efforts at home really do help save the world.
By Caroline Schultz
On the cover
18 | The Birder’s Bible
The results from Ontario’s second breeding bird atlas are in, revealing a number of unexpected population trends and offering a glimpse into the precarious world of birds.
By Peter Christie
24 | The Great Fall Migration
Special pullout section: Where and when you can watch our avian travers head south.
By Tim Tiner
28 | The Magic of Mushrooms
Neither plant nor animal, these strange organisms are in a kingdom all their own.
By Cecily Ross
32 | The Beachcombers
Every year, thousands of hardy souls from all walks of life participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
By Janice Weaver
36 | What Will the Environment be like in 2050?
Winners of Ontario Nature’s Second Annual Youth Writing Contest provide an answer.
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