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ON Nature Spring 2009

ON Nature 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 | […]

The Fall of the Wild

The Fall of the Wild

We took off from the wilderness lodge at Miminiska Lake in northern Ontario’s Albany River watershed with all our gear stowed in a big Twin Otter float plane. I was here to document, in sound recordings, a still pristine part of Canada’s boreal forest before it is lost.

Hot Zone

Hot Zone

The boreal forest by the numbers 200 Number of bird species worldwide that may disappear within the next 20 years. 300 Number of bird species that breed in Canada’s boreal forest. 500 Number of breeding pairs of migratory birds that one square mile (2.5 square kilometres) of the boreal forest can support. One-third Proportion of […]

In House

In House

Our Donors Transat A.T. Inc. In November, Ontario Nature entered a partnership with Transat A.T. Inc., one of the world’s largest integrated tourism companies. Transat is generously supporting Ontario Nature’s Discover Ontario’s Natural Heritage project to protect and restore 21 unique nature reserves across the province. This project combines the conservation of wildlife and natural […]

Salamanders

Salamanders

by Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler
Salamanders are perhaps the most elusive of the amphibians – they are rarely encountered after spring breeding – yet they outnumber all other vertebrates that inhabit our forested areas…

Red-headed woodpecker

Red-headed woodpecker

A once common species in southern Ontario, sightings of this feisty, crimson-hooded bird have become increasingly rare by Tim Tiner he red-headed woodpecker, even within its highly intriguing family, is an unusual character. The most scrappy, omnivorous and versatile of North American woodpeckers, the crimson-hooded bird is loud, bold and conspicuous, often perching on dead […]

My Turn

My Turn

Jeff Howard: water keeper As told to Jim MacInnis My whole life I’ve watched the water. I love solid ground – I hike, ski and even race mountain bikes in the summer – but I live near Big Bay Point in Innisfil, which juts sharply out into Lake Simcoe, so it’s the water to which […]

Killer bees

Killer bees

by Jim MacInnis Nearly one-third of the food we eat is a result of pollination by insects, so the widespread disappearance of wild bee populations has been triggering alarm bells around the world. Concern for the insect’s demise has been heightened further because scientists have been unable to determine the cause of its decline. A […]

Up in smoke

Up in smoke

by Conor Mihell Over a mere 10-year period, Vale Inco’s Copper Cliff smelter has showered Sudbury with a staggering 674 tonnes of carcinogenic nickel particulates – the equivalent of about 850 pickup truck loads. Now the mining giant is asking for relief from new Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) regulations for air quality, which […]

A page turner

A page turner

I found the Winter 2008/2009 issue of ON Nature very interesting, especially the broad focus on the variety of species in peril and the ways in which they are being helped (e.g., Allan Britnell’s “Seeds of hope”). I found it ironic, however, that Tim Tiner’s “Dump debacle” closely precedes the full-page ad on page 11! […]

In House

In House

Nature’s economy by Caroline Schultz As a billion birds are winging their way northward, many of us are feeling the tug of migration hot spots such as Point Pelee, Long Point, the Leslie Street Spit, the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, Thunder Cape and Prince Edward Point, and of green stop-offs – local woodlands, wetlands […]