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ON Nature Fall 2015

ON Nature Fall 2015

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueTwenty-five cents.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchHawk Cliff Woods campaign; greenest school; curing bats; cycling the Greenebelt; fire ants spread an invasive plant; rusty crayfish; microbeads; a decade of leadership. 35 | Our Community  Conservation heroes recognized. 37 | Our Member Groups  BioBlitz trail blazers. 38 | Last WordReviving the agricultural diversity […]

ON Nature Summer 2015

ON Nature Summer 2015

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue Embracing conservation. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Greenbelt protection; city fish; summer camps; naturalist training; bird-friendly coffee; bioslicks; ragweed on the rise; nature reserves 101; another declining bee; bumble bee champion. 36 | Our Community   Ten thousand hours. 37 | Our Member Groups   Four new member groups. 38 […]

ON Nature Spring 2015

ON Nature Spring 2015

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue Cornerstone of a greener Ontario. By Caroline Schultz 7 | Letters Eye-opener; cottagers as stewards; getting the tracks straight. 8 | Earth Watch COSEWIC review; island threatened; BioBlitz 2015; reserve repairs; bird-friendly glass; biocontrol; turtle tracking; Greenbelt celebrates 10th anniversary, atlas update. 36 | Our Community   Waiting-room conservation. 37 | […]

ON Nature Winter 2014

ON Nature Winter 2014

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueHalf empty.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchAmerican marten in focus; new nature sanctuary; how wood frogs brave the winter; notable snake sighting; winter tracking 101; toxic fallout at Grassy Narrows; sprawl costs, big time. 36 | Our Community  We are lost together. 37 | Our Member Groups  Much to celebrate in Kawartha. […]

ON Nature Fall 2014

ON Nature Fall 2014

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueProtect our pollinators.By Caroline Schultz 6 | LettersA culture of fear. 8 | Earth WatchProtecting Lake Superior shoreline; crunchy cattails; missing frog; stewardship on the farm; shoreline naturalization; hiking hotspots; roadside habitat; coal-free Ontario; Rouge Park fixes; childhood friends reunite. 36 | Our Community  Eco-heroes walk among us. 37 | Our Member […]

ON Nature Summer 2014

ON Nature Summer 2014

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueRemembering Lorne Almack.By Caroline Schultz 7 | LettersWoodpeckers revisited; cats and birds. 8 | Earth WatchClimate change wreaks havoc; Year of the Salamander; Midhurst residents oppose development; photographer Robert McCaw; birding abroad; pollinator campaign; help us grow the Lost Bay Nature Reserve. 36 | Our Member Groups  Niagara Falls Nature Club readies […]

ON Nature Spring 2014

ON Nature Spring 2014

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueLegal action pays off.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchFields and feathers; thirty years of tracking herps; slow turtles, fast cars; guide helps planners protect Greenway; restoration work at Kinghurst; David and Goliath. 37 | Our Community  Krug legacy lives on. 35 | Our Member Groups  Nature London is 150 years young. 38 […]

ON Nature Winter 2013

ON Nature Winter 2013

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueTo sleep or not to sleep.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchThe right to nature; surveying the wild harvest; growing threat to the Attawapiskat River; bringing savanna back to Ontario; the quintessential Canadian experience; lawsuit launched to protect Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. 35 | Our Member Groups  Nature Network nearing 150 groups. […]

ON Nature Fall 2013

ON Nature Fall 2013

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueFool’s gold: Under the guide of efficiency and streamlining the government tarnished the Endangered Species Act.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchSafer roads for wildlife; going mobile with the new reptile and amphibian app; cutting on private woodlots; the plight of the monarch; top two nature photos; Pickering Airport now. 35 […]

ON Nature Summer 2013

ON Nature Summer 2013

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueListening to butterflies: Experts can’t pinpoint exactly why butterfly populations are shifting but it should give us pause.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchThe reptile and amphibian atlas goes mobile; free-ranging cats run amok; introducing Sauble Dunes Nature Reserve; local food promotion in the north; Rouge Park BioBlitz. 35 | Our […]

ON Nature Spring 2013

ON Nature Spring 2013

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issueA safety net for wildlife: Why we must save the Endangered Species Act.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchBuildings become bird-friendly; the Greenbelt gets an addition; how you can help save Ontario’s frogs; the swans of Burlington Bay; butterflies and gardens; long-time donors Fred and Jean Mooi talk to us about […]

ON Nature Winter 2012

ON Nature Winter 2012

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue Fred Bodsworth: The legacy of a famous author, birder and past president. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Citizen scientists make record contributions to Ontario Nature’s atlas; the Christmas Bird Count is about to begin; Ontario Nature gets a new reserve; local food systems in northern Ontario; regional club […]

ON Nature Autumn 2012

ON Nature Autumn 2012

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Keeping the wild in wilderness: Good policy is as important as nature reserves. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Province refuses to ban hunting snapping turtles; sustainable aggregate extraction; a park for everyone; an unlikely home for bank swallows; the Nature Guardians’ big year; Board of Directors vice-president Kevin […]

ON Nature Summer 2012

ON Nature Summer 2012

DEPARTMENTS 6 | This Issue Three strikes: The Province puts wildlife protection at risk. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Counting kestrels for conservation; tips for perfect canoe trips; Malcolm Bluff Shores now fully protected; hundreds of participants attend Ontario Nature’s wetlands conference; all creatures great and small on our nature reserves; remembering Dr. […]

ON Nature Spring 2012

ON Nature Spring 2012

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue A Birder’s Delight: Nature lovers enjoy an early spring every year. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Conservation groups fight back against mining in old-growth forest; more than 11,000 people sign petition to ban the hunt of snapping turtles; First Nations demand opportunity for meaningful participation in Ring of […]

ON Nature Winter 2011

ON Nature Winter 2011

DEPARTMENTS 6 | This Issue The Problem with Aggregates: Can we find a way to make highways green? By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Peregrine falcons found at Malcolm Bluff Shores; how to nail the perfect picture; on the trail of creeping, crawling and slithering creatures; facing off against the emerald ash borer; a […]

Spring 2006

Spring 2006

A planner for nature by Linda Pim Loggers in caribou territory; rare birds in your neighbourhood;big blob in Three Mile Lake Honouring our eco-heroes: Ontario Nature’s conservation award winners. Swallow-wort is wreaking ecological havoc wherever it grows – and it’s darn near impossible to run out of town by Christine Beevis   It’s not just […]

Ontario’s Woodpeckers

Ontario’s Woodpeckers

by Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler   A t a press conference in Washington D.C. last April, the world learned that the ivory-billed woodpecker lives.This charismatic bird is not, to our amazement, extinct after all. It’s hard to say whether the startling news sparked renewed interest in woodpeckers, but unquestionably bird watching in general continues […]

Not wanted

Not wanted

by Christine Beevis Yet another invasive plant is wreaking ecological havoc wherever it grows–and it’s darn near impossible to run out of town. Five years ago, while mowing a neighbour’s lawn, Gary Ford was surprised to see a two-metre-high tangle of vines that he hadn’t noticed before. “It’s a jungle now,” he says, noting that […]

A park for rarities

A park for rarities

   Tim Tiner Hidden within the remnants of the Carolinian forest, Short Hills Provincial Park is a neglected gem.   In the first grey light of an overcast morning, the sweeping vista of deep, wooded valleys and hilltop meadows seen from the Bruce Trail in Short Hills Provincial Park is sombre and muted. Although […]

The Saga of Victor Mine

The Saga of Victor Mine

In the remote reaches of northern Ontario, a diamond mine threatens to destroy a fragile wilderness and part of the largest pristine wetland left on Earth. by Chris Nuttall-Smith   The old man knows the river’s secrets, and he tells them, slowly, as he pilots his motorized canoe upstream. Far upriver is where Attawapiskat’s fishermen […]

The Quiet Activist

Better Learmouth

Betty Learmouth has organized many a letter writing campaign and stared down developers before. Now there’s talk of a truck route running through nearby protected areas. Hmm… by Bruce Gillespie Betty Learmouth has traipsed into the woods before dawn, cassette player cranked to full blast, trying to lure screech owls out into the open to […]

Summer 2006

Summer 2006

Children are the most at risk from pollutants. By Victoria Foote The province’s record on the boreal forest; urban sprawl plays leapfrog; First Nations ask for mining moratorium Drawing from his Ugandan heritage, Yuga Juma Onziga has created a global village in the heart of a big city by Allan Britnell Green roofs are sprouting […]

Wild Child Guide

Wild Child Guide

Your complete guide to conservation with kids By Lisa Keller   The lazy, hazy days of summer are the perfect time to immerse your family in nature. The weather’s fine, school’s out and the great outdoors is the optimal playground. Formal lessons may be finished for now, but that doesn’t mean your child has stopped […]

Ontario’s bats

Ontario’s bats

By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler As the only flying mammals in the world, bats can make an impressive claim to fame. Eight species of these nocturnal creatures live in Ontario. Agile and predatory, bats are capable of extremely sophisticated bio-sonar, also called echolocation, meaning that they emit pulses of sound and can detect echoes […]

ON Nature Fall 2011

ON Nature Fall 2011

DEPARTMENTS 6 | This Issue Looking to the Future: Passing on the conservation torch. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Ontario Nature’s fall birding hot spots: staff reveal their favourite places to witness the fall migration; farmers learn to live with at-risk species; who speaks for the environment in the upcoming election?; Peter Gilchrist, […]

Ontario Nature’s fall birding hot spots

Ontario Nature’s fall birding hot spots

By John Hassell You can learn a lot about the culture of an office by its internal memos. This past June, Ontario Nature’s executive director, Caroline Schultz circulated an all-staff memo alerting us that several chimney swifts – listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada as a threatened species – were […]

Wetlands in trouble

Killarney Provincial Park wetland

By Joshua Wise Ontario Nature, working in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Earthroots, are publishing two reports, one focused on the level of protection afforded fragile wetlands in the Greenbelt, the other on the rich diversity of species and ecosystems within the Greenbelt.

The big pit

The big pit

When the Highland Companies announced plans to dig one of the largest quarries in North America, a small but determined army of farmers, citizens and local politicians declared war. And, in the court of public opinion, they’re winning. By Cecily Ross

Congratulations to our Conservation Awar...

Conservation Award Winners 2011 Group Photo

Ontario Nature celebrated 80 years of protecting wild species and wild spaces at our annual general meeting last June. One of the highlights of our gathering at the Ganaraska Forest Centre on the Oak Ridges Moraine was presenting our conservation awards to eight individuals and groups that have made exceptional contributions to natural habitat protection. […]

Can this act be saved?

Can this act be saved?

By Wendy Francis Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, long criticized for being too weak in its protective measures, is now undergoing a badly needed overhaul. In May, Minister of Natural Resource s David Ramsay released a discussion paper outlining proposals for updating the act.

Green power comes to Caledon

Coal power plant

By Shannon Wilmot Last June’s announcements by Ontario energy minister Dwight Duncan left many questioning what role conservation and green power will play in the province’s energy future. The goal of closing Ontario’s four remaining coal-fired plants by 2009 was scrapped, and the government is about to invest more than $40 billion in building two […]

Sprawl crawls to Simcoe

Sprawl crawls to Simcoe

By Wendy Francis Urban sprawl continues to encroach on Simcoe County, which lies just outside the northern boundary of the Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt. The county is the scene of an unprecedented land speculation rush that has led to numerous urban expansion applications, now the subject of appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board. Residents and local […]

Naming the land

Olympia marble butterfly and trillium Otter Lake South Frontenac

By Geoff Nixon Stretching across eight counties, from the eastern edge of Lake Huron to the celebrated greenery of Frontenac county, lies a mosaic of granite Barrens and limestone plains. This unnamed are a forms a transition zone between the rocky plains of the Canadian shield and the more fertile farmlands that surround the great […]

Lands for Life offers no protection

Lands for Life offers no protection

By Christine Beevis Not for the first time, lodging and mining in northern Ontario have come into conflict with ecotourism and wilderness. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) recently proposed “minor land-use amendments” for 10 Forest Reserves in northern Ontario: that they be reclassified to allow resource […]

Backyard harvest

Backyard harvest

Fresh, tasty produce. Green space. Conserving the soil, water and air. There are lots of great reasons why city farming has become so popular. And you can’t beat the travel time by Allan Britnell On a sweltering Monday morning in late May — by 10 a.m., the thermostat is reading 30ºC — I visit the […]