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ON Nature Winter 2012

ON Nature Winter 2012

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Fred Bodsworth: About a naturalist 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; […]

Autumn 2012

Autumn 2012

DEPARTMENTS This issue Keeping the wild in wilderness: Good policy is as important as nature reserves.By Caroline Schultz Your Letters Follow the leader; Team effort. 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 […]

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

DEPARTMENTS This issue Three strikes: The Province puts wildlife protection at risk. By Caroline Schultz 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. Martin Edwards. Ontario Nature […]

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Nature lovers enjoy an early spring every year By Caroline Schultz https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring_2012/page/6-7 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 Fire environmental assessments; citizen scientists help Ontario Nature’s atlas project. Ontario […]

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

The Quiet Activist

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 […]

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

Wetlands in trouble

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...

Congratulations to our Conservation Award Winners

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

Green power comes to Caledon

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

Naming the land

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 […]

Autumn 2006

Autumn 2006

By Victoria Foote The province’s record on the boreal forest; urban sprawl plays leapfrog; First Nations ask for mining moratorium. With much patience and fortitude, Kathy Nihei of the Wild Bird Care Centre has nursed countless avian casualties back from the brink. By Moira Farr A guide to Ontario’s rarest trees. By Lorraine Johnson Free workshops for […]

Northern solutions

Northern solutions

By Peter Rosenbluth Working with Environment North and Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education and Student Union, Ontario Nature’s Northern Connections program held a one-day conference on adaptation to climate change last March in Thunder Bay, which more than 80 people attended.

A very surprising discovery

A very surprising discovery

By Allan Britnell Flamborough resident Paul D. Smith has turned the beach-vacation hobby of collecting interesting shells into an innovative biodiversity study. Each year since 2007, he has searched for freshwater mussel shells along the muddy shoreline of Cootes Paradise, an 800-hectare wetland sanctuary managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), at the western end […]

Coalition fights off construction

Coalition fights off construction

By Brian Banks Paul Renaud sighs as he describes the current situation in the South March Highlands, 895 hectares of ecologically and culturally significant forest and wetlands within Ottawa’s city limits that he and a coalition of community groups are fighting to protect. “Subdivisions,” he observes, “follow roads.”

Meet our board: Chris Rathgeber

Meet our board: Chris Rathgeber

Chris Rathgeber is the secretary/treasurer of Ontario Nature’s board of directors and the chief operating officer of Memofix Hitech Services.   John Hassell How did you first become involved with Ontario Nature? Chris Rathgeber My wife, who was familiar with the organization from her work in the nonprofit sector, introduced me to Ontario Nature in […]

The renegade

The renegade

Unabashed tree lover Diana Beresford-Kroeger declares that forests hold the key to combating climate change and curing a multitude of ailments including cancer. By Conor Mihell

Shelly Candel, Nature Guardians Sponsor

Shelly Candel, Nature Guardians Sponsor

Ontario Nature deeply appreciates Shelly Candel’s generous support of Ontario Nature’s Nature Guardians program. We asked Shelly to tell us why this program is important to her. The Nature Guardians are my hope for the future. I love the outdoors – feeling the fresh air, the sun and the wind. I love hearing songbirds and […]

Birds on the farm

Birds on the farm

Conservationists and cattlemen join forces to save a rare species. By Ron Reid Grassland birds across North America are in big trouble, none more than the bobolink, whose rollicking songs once graced hayfields and pasture lands across southern Ontario. Since 1968, Ontario’s bobolink populations have plummeted by two-thirds (see “Songs of the bobolink,” Summer 2010), […]

On guard for the moraine

On guard for the moraine

By Caroline Schultz Formed 11, 000 years ago by retreating glaciers, and stretching 160 kilometres end to end, the Oak Ridges Moraine is one of southern Ontario’s most distinctive physical features. Before European settlement, the moraine’s rolling hills were blanketed by forests and punctuated by kettle lakes and streams. Expanses of tallgrass prairie and savannah […]