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ON Nature Magazine Winter 2011

ON Nature Magazine 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 […]

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2011

ON Nature Magazine 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, […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2011

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2011

DEPARTMENTS 7 | This Issue Conservation politics and a treasured landscape. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch A win for wildlife: The Bruce Trail Conservancy secures more of the Niagara Escarpment; the great outdoors: having a field day with conservation staff; we object: the Province allows hunting at-risk snapping turtles; pleased to meet you: […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2011

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2011

DEPARTMENTS 6 | This Issue Winning the War on Invasives: Make sure to keep alien plants out of your garden. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Green priorities on the political agenda; painting turbines purple; the much-anticipated first signs of spring; chopping up the moraine; frogs to the rescue; meet the President of Ontario […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2010

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2010

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue The power of partnerships: Working together for conservation. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Stand up for nature; a royal rebound; the buzz is gone; join the club; plants inhale 123 billion tonnes of carbon each year; living fences; power plant struggles in King Township. 38 | Bird Watch […]

ON Nature Magazine Autumn 2010

ON Nature Magazine Autumn 2010

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Why we must protect Malcolm Bluff Shores. By Caroline Schultz On the cover 8 | Natural Wonders More than a glorious stretch of the Niagara Escarpment, protecting Malcom Bluff Shores is a gift for our descendants. By Allan Britnell 12 | Earth Watch Walpole Island Land Trust; going national with […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2010

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2010

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue The diversity of life: Celebrating nature through action. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Climate change threatens Arctic fox habitat; the Ring of Fire heats up; invasive Asian carp on the move; in search of turtles, frogs, snakes and salamanders; bird watching 2.0; the lowly worm. 45 | In […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2009

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This Issue The Big Picture: Working toward a solution to climate change. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Forests get sprayed; quarry along Lake Superior shoreline gets the go-ahead; bringing back the chestnut; farming in Frontenac park ends; invasive gobies in the Great Lakes tributaries; climate change and the great lakes. […]

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2009

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This Issue Battling the Bureaucracy: The impenetrable environmental assessment process. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch New ideas about old-growth forests; kayakers clean up in Georgian Bay; green alternatives to salt; Guelph development encroaches on rare species habitat. On the cover 28 | Urban Nature Plan Bee: In the wake of […]

Fall 2007

Fall 2007

  The state of Ontario’s birds by Victoria Foote Spectacular coastline to be protected; driving through the forest; peregrine falcons face new threat Environmental crusader Kaid Benfield marries green buildings to smart design and an eco-friendly community is born by John Lorinc Nature’s web masters by Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler Ontario Nature awards green […]

A forest divided

Killarney hikers

by Douglas Hunter The ability of hikers to coexist peacefully with dirt bikers and ATV drivers is being put to the test in the largest municipal forest in Ontario, as Simcoe County introduces a new policy aimed at ending unapproved and environmentally harmful use of off-road vehicles by giving their drivers approved places to play.

Spiders

Goldenrod crab spider

by Dan Scneider and Peter Pautler WEB MASTERS Spiders are master weavers and use their silk – which has greater tensile strength than steel and twice the elasticity of nylon – for various purposes: to immobilize prey, to craft egg cases, safety lines and shelters, as dispersal parachutes and for sexual communication. But the silken […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2009

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This Issue Natural Connections: Our new program takes children outside. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Bat populations plummet as white nose syndrome spreads; scientists discover weird and wonderful ecosystems at the bottom of Lake Huron; the Greenbelt may be bigger. 40 | Bird Watch King Rail—Tucked into the marshlands of […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2009

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2009

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This Issue Nature’s Economy: Building on our natural capital is a sound investment. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Dangerously low calcium levels in boreal lakes trigger a break in the food chain; native wasps fend off non-native beetle infestations; the last road trip; where cars go to die. 36 | […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2008

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2008

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue The Decline of Biodiversity: Conservation efforts should be proactive for a change. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Birds versus planes: preventing collisions at Pearson airport; round two: saving Second Marsh … again; trash talk: using the Great Lakes as giant waste bins; poor planning: why dig a dump […]

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2008

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2008

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Great Beginnings: Promises of protection for the Boreal. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch Talk of the town: pelicans make a surprise appearance; hidden health hazards; a bigger, better Greenbelt; junior scientist: high school kid makes amazing discovery; spirit tree: lumber mill makes for stand-off over eastern white cedar. 34 | Bird […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2008

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2008

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue The Canada Warbler: One more species at risk. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Guelph gets a park for pollinators; reptiles at risk; saving Lake Simcoe; bottled water; Phil Cotton: putting conservation on the map. On the cover 36 | Urban Nature The Butterfly Effect: How to turn your […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2008

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2008

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue For the Birds: It takes a forest. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Harnessing a mighty river; one-of-a-kind paw prints; climate watch; bean count: a trip to the drive-through. 40 | Urban Nature Smart Cars: Car sharing is good for you and the environment. By Jim MacInnis 44 | […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2007

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2007

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue The Collective: Battling climate change together. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Lonely elm trees; recovery program at risk; outdoor education back from the brink; Brendan Toews; super birder. 34 | Field Trip Conifers: Giants of the north. By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler 44 | Inside Ontario Nature […]

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2007

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2007

DEPARTMENTS 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 […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2007

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2007

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Time to reconsider our baggage. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Tiny water flea takes over Muskoka lakes; species-friendly roadwork; logging with a conscience; Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust added 25 hectares; climate watch. 16 | Profile For three decades, aerial photographer Lou Wise has been snapping his unique […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2007

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2007

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Last Call: Climate change and the power of one. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Wee shorebirds vs the feds; park named for Len Gertler; rare species may be a break; genetically modified trees; Dufferin Aggregates mines more of the escarpment; escarpment hotspot. 15 | Profile The Kunstler Imperative: […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2006

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2006

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This IssueMoving Day: Ontario Nature takes it downtown.By Victoria Foote 7 | In The MailFine dining. 8 | Earth WatchThe fantastic migration; deep cuts to Ontario Parks’ budget; First Nations block mining exploration. 15 | ProfileThe Numbers Guy: Environmental activist and city councillor Allan Algar has mastered a rare skill; saving habitats […]

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2006

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2006

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Fine dining: Eat what you grow. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Development pushes endangered caribou further north; garlic mustard pushes trees out; eco-tourism outfit pushes back. 15 | Profile The Quiet Passion: With much patience and fortitude, Kathy Nihei of the Wild Bird Care Centre has nursed countless […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2006

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2006

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Sick Days: Children are the most at risk from pollutants. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch The province’s record on the boreal forest; Ottawa quarry; urban sprawl plays leapfrog; First Nations ask for mining moratorium; Greater Golden Horseshoe plan. 15 | Profile Bred in the Bone: Drawing from his […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2006

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2006

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Big Thinker: Len Gertler, a planner for nature. By Linda Pim 8 | Earth Watch Loggers in caribou territory; rare birds in your neighbourhood; big blob in Three Mile Lake. 15 | Profile The Quiet Activist: Retired teacher-librarian Betty Learmouth has stared down developers before; now there’s talk of a […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2005

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Happy Anniversary: Congratulations to our members for making Ontario a better place for three-quarters of a century. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Tall grass prairie in peril; herbicide kills more than just weeds; rejuvenating a forest. 15 | Profile Tree Hugger—Environmental commissioner and Ontario Nature life member Gord […]

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2005

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Paper Makers: Who says we need trees? By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Why the snake won’t cross the road; diamonds in the far, far north; the sprawl crawl. 28 | Urban Nature To many, it’s just lichen. To those who know, this strange hybrid of fungi and algae […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2005

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Safe Places: Is anywhere truly protected? By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Mining-friendly provincial policy; PWC drivers run amok; let your children go au naturel. 36 | Field Trip Native grasses. By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler 41 | Inside Ontario Nature Meet our new executive director; tell us […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2005

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2005

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue One Big Contributor: Saying goodbye to Gregor Beck. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Oak Ridges Moraine update; no EA for proposed quarry along Lake Superior; caribou population in decline. 15 | Profile Miracle Worker—Absent for the province since the 1700’s, the trumpeter swan is back thanks to Harry […]

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2004

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2004

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue New Arrivals: Are all invasive species bad all the time? By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Saving our sand dunes; bird watching in the boreal forest; clotheslines in your neighbourhood. 15 | Profile Bearing Witness: Brian McHattie watches unhappily as Hamilton proceeds with its expressway through Red Hill Valley. […]

ON Nature Magazine Autumn 2004

ON Nature Magazine Autumn 2004

DEPARTMENTS 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 […]

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2004

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2004

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This Issue Who You Are: Our members tell us what they think. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Why some exotic plants thrive; curbing urban sprawl; is bottled water really cleaner than tap water? 15 | Profile The Domino Effect: Professor Yan and the spiny water flea that changed an entire […]

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2004

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2004

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Decision Time: We need to stop the ongoing degradation of our fresh water. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Join the spring owl survey; protest the Red Hill Creek Expressway; stop the quarry in rare bird habitat; protect the escarpment from development. 15 | Profile The Riverkeeper: Lara Van […]

Seasons Magazine Winter 2003

Seasons Magazine Winter 2003

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue The Last Issue of Seasons: The name of the magazine is changing, but the content remains the same. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Asian longhorned beetle threatens our forest; proper EAs needed even for green power; river rafting down the Groundhog; caribou and gray wolf habitat at risk; […]

Seasons Magazine Autumn 2003

Seasons Magazine Autumn 2003

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Paper Grows on Trees: Why can’t Seasons be printed on FSC-certified stock? By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Ontario adds 109 OLL sites; fungus could decimate flowering dogwood; invasion of the emerald ash borer; Crothers Woods revival; pesticides in our rivers; government slow to reinstate much needed land tax […]

Seasons Magazine Summer 2003

Seasons Magazine Summer 2003

DEPARTMENTS 5 | View from Locke House Saying Goodbye: After five and a half years, it’s time for a new view. By Nancy Clark 8 | Earth Watch Reporting on the OLL; the decline of the goblin fern; species-at-risk list grows; alarming decrease in the number of boreal bird species; profiling bad fish; on the […]

Seasons Magazine Spring 2003

Seasons Magazine Spring 2003

DEPARTMENTS 5 | View from Locke House Wilderness with rules. By Nancy Clark 8 | Earth Watch That’s one cool rock; barrier-free wilderness; Ouellette’s miscue; natural garden pest controls; Marshfield Woods saved; court supports Grey County group on groundwater extraction; Ontario’s species championed by provincial auditor; outdoor education is endangered. 15 | The Seasoned Pro […]

Seasons Magazine Winter 2002

Seasons Magazine Winter 2002

DEPARTMENTS 5 | View from Locke House Big, black birds: Why do we like some animals and not others? By Nancy Clark 8 | Earth Watch Teenagers can take action; giant swallowtails overwinter in Niagara; salamanders count on trees; the dirt on road salt; saving the Carden Alvar; province may loosen logging rules; builder makes […]

Seasons Magazine Autumn 2002

Seasons Magazine Autumn 2002

DEPARTMENTS 5 | View from Locke House Front porch wildlife viewing: Wildlife watching at home has its own rewards. By Nancy Clark 8 | Earth Watch Ontario Living Legacy parks; protecting Lake Superior’s waters; monarchs will recover from Mexican freeze; what’s a tree worth. 13 | The Seasoned Pro For the love of turtles: Biologist […]