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Spring 2010

Spring 2010

Celebrating nature through action. By Caroline Schultz 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. Thank you for supporting a green Ontario; the many conservation successes of the Sydenham Field Naturalists. We can save a lot of […]

City Lights

City Lights

Disoriented by glare and reflective surfaces, millions of birds crash into office buildings every year. Now, conservationists and city planners are teaming up to create a safer urban environment for avian travellers. By Brian Banks

The tiny hunter

The tiny hunter

Inspired by the joy of biodiversity, a pioneering scientist discovered the rapids clubtail along the rivers of southern Ontario. Today, the species is the first of Edmund Murton Walker’s beloved dragonflies to be declared endangered. By Peter Christie

Road Rage

Road Rage

We can save a lot of animals simply by not running over them. By Joe Crowley   A few summers ago, I was driving to North Bay when I noticed a painted turtle up ahead crossing the road. I quickly pulled over and ran back to help hasten its progress. But before I could save […]

Our Member Groups

Our Member Groups

Sydenham Field Naturalists In reaction to the severe deforestation in an area once rich in woodlands and tallgrass prairie, the Sydenham Field Naturalists club was founded in 1985 with a mandate to enjoy, protect and restore the wildlife and habitat of Chatham-Kent and South Lambton in southwestern Ontario. The group stewards some of Ontario’s most […]

The lowly worm

The lowly worm

By Sharon Oosthoek It sounds like a bad Hollywood film, but truth can be stranger than fiction. While gardeners love to see earthworms in their soil and eco-conscious apartment dwellers rely on them to compost food waste, most people do not realize that the vast majority of worms in Ontario are invasive species. Furthermore, scientists […]

Good eats

Good eats

By John Hassell A relative newcomer to farming, Graham Corbett is beginning his third year managing Whole Village Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a farm located just outside of Orangeville. Corbett is part of what he describes as a “growing movement among organic and new farmers in Ontario who are embracing the CSA model, which redefines […]

Bridging over controversy

Bridging over controversy

By Amber Cowie Despite objections from Ontario Nature, local citizen groups and environmentalists, the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) project – a development that entails building a large addition to existing border facilities in both Ontario and Detroit and the construction of several roadways – is moving ahead. Naturalist groups have raised concerns about the […]

Foreign bodies

Foreign bodies

By Douglas Hunter Since their introduction in the 1960s to North America through fish farms and research facilities, Asian carp have become an environmental disaster. Having escaped Arkansas aquaculture farms, the invasive fish have established self-sustaining populations in the Mississippi River basin. Their northward migration reached a crisis point in late 2009, when Asian carp […]

Unfinished business

Unfinished business

The Guelph Field Naturalists (GFN) would like to express our disappointment with your article “Risky Business” [Autumn 2009], which reported on the proposed Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) development in Guelph. The article is riddled with misinformation and was written in a biased manner. In addition, neither City of Guelph officials, Grand River Conservation Authority […]

The diversity of life

The diversity of life

By Caroline Schultz Hurray for polar bears! Hurray for old-growth forests! Hurray for beaver ponds! And yes, hurray even for the elegant stinkhorn (a fungus) and the flooded jellyskin (a threatened lichen). This year is the United Nations (UN) International Year of Biodiversity. Eighteen years after 150 nations signed the International Convention on Biological Diversity […]