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Natural invaders

Natural invaders

Non-native plants can be an eco-catastrophe, degrading sensitive habitats and diminishing biodiversity. Where and how to draw the battle lines in the fight against alien species is now a topic of heated debate. By Lorraine Johnson

Is purple the new grey?

Is purple the new grey?

By John Hassell Location, location… colour. While the proper siting of wind turbines is understood to be critically important to reducing their impact on wildlife, it now appears that the colour of a turbine might also be a significant factor. Armed with the knowledge that bats, like birds, suffer high mortality rates around wind farms, […]

Rusty blackbird

Rusty blackbird

The triple threat of severe habitat loss, climate change and pollution has caused a precipitous drop in these sublimely coloured birds across North America. By Tim Tiner The muskeg-nesting rusty blackbird may be the most sharply declining land bird in North America. On its wintering grounds in the swamps and bottomland woods of the southern […]

Nature Canada helps protect a national t...

Nature Canada helps protect a national treasure

When Nature Canada’s executive director, Ian Davidson, learned about Ontario Nature’s joint venture with the Bruce Trail Conservancy to acquire more than 405 hectares on the Bruce Peninsula to create and permanently protect the Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve, he had a wonderful idea. Some years ago, Nature Canada received a very generous bequest from […]

Coal is a killer

Coal is a killer

Dear Province: Time to shut down Ontario’s dirtiest energy source. By Gideon Forman Illustration by Gracia Lam As you read this column, Ontario is using 18,460 megawatts of electricity. Some of that power is being provided by coal-fired generators, but high-profile health organizations – including the Ontario Lung Association, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario […]

Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Make sure to keep alien plants out of your garden. By Caroline Schultz Green priorities on the political agenda; painting turbines purple; the much-anticipated first signs of spring; meet the President of Ontario Nature’s Board of Directors. Severe habitat loss, climate change and pollution have caused a precipitous drop in these sublimely coloured birds. By […]

A natural donation

A natural donation

By Mark Carabetta Orchids – no fewer than 16 different kinds – and carnivorous plants – such as horned bladderworts and sundews – flourish at Ontario Nature’s unique Petrel Point Nature Reserve, as do numerous other provincially rare plants. Located near Lake Huron on the western side of the Bruce Peninsula near the community of […]

Teens gone wild

Teens gone wild

By Sarah Hedges The 2011 line-up for Ontario Nature’s new Nature Guardians program is packed. Wildly enthusiastic teen participants are organizing five concurrent eco-events that will take place on April 30, the last day of Earth Month. Also in the works are a workshop on nature photography, efforts to protect migratory birds in the city […]

Winning the war on invasives

Winning the war on invasives

By Caroline Schultz With spring just around the corner, the gardeners among us are already browsing through seed and plant catalogues, daydreaming about our planting plans for when the ground thaws. There are always spaces to fill, things to move around and new ideas to try out. When it comes to plant choices, I, like […]