Ontario is a great, big province. It covers an area larger than France and Spain combined. Rich in biological diversity, Ontario contains a stunning range of habitats and wildlife. In the International Year of Biodiversity, Ontario Nature is highlighting 10 places that are especially remarkable for the ecosystems and species they support.
Small changes on farmlands could help reverse the steep decline of a grassland species whose joyous chorus once filled the air.
By Cecily Ross
By Sharon Oosthoek Go outside and play. It’s a rare child who hasn’t heard those words, and now there’s another reason to heed them – better eyesight. Australian and Singaporean researchers have found that the more time kids spend outdoors, the less likely they are to be nearsighted.
Can you put a price tag on the ecological functions – water filtration, clean air – provided by the good earth? Making the business case for nature.
By Conor Mihell
By Amber Cowie In recognition of the fifth anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance – which is comprised of more than 90 farming, community and environmental groups, including Ontario Nature – released a report titled “Green Among the Grey: Fifth Anniversary Progress Report on the Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt.”
Tips from the pros on how to preserve and protect the wildlife in your neighbourhood.
By Allan Britnell
By John Hassell Nearly 200 species of plants and animals in Ontario are classified as at risk meaning that they are in danger of becoming extinct – either locally or globally. In recognition of the International Year of Biodiversity, Ontario Nature has identified 10 species that highlight the loss of biodiversity and raise awareness about […]
By Caroline Schultz How much does a boreal forest cost? What about the entire boreal region? Naturalists tend to argue that we shouldn’t put a price tag on biodiversity, because the value of nature, broadly defined, cannot be reduced to dollars and cents. But decision makers are increasingly fixated on the financial impact of their […]
We told you about the Ring of Fire in Ontario’s Far North in the Spring issue of ON Nature (“Ring of Fire heats up,” page 9) and in e-mails. And you told us just what you thought of the escalation in mining activity in the heart of the James Bay Lowlands, where Cliffs Natural Resources […]
By John Urquhart Ontario Nature supports 22 unique nature reserves across southern and eastern Ontario that together protect more than 2,250 hectares of ecologically sensitive land. One of the gems is the Lost Bay Nature Reserve, which includes the beautiful shoreline of Gananoque Lake, areas of mature forest and a provincially significant wetland.
By Margaret Webb You can add two new words to that catchy Foodland Ontario jingle “Good things grow in Ontario”: “sewage sludge.” It is hardly appetizing – or safe, according to a growing number of critics.
By Bob Gordon Last summer, kudzu, an aggressive invasive plant species, was found in Ontario for the first time, growing along Pigeon Bay on the north shore of Lake Erie, south of Leamington. Michael Oldham, a scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, identified the plant, whose rapid rate of growth – 30 centimetres […]
As told to John Hassell I grew up fishing, trapping and hunting, and those traditional activities remain a big part of my life – as they do for many other members of the two other First Nations that share the shores of Lake Nipigon in northwestern Ontario, where the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (BNA) First Nation […]
At the Biodiversity Institute, scientists are using cutting-edge technology to catalogue every plant and animal on earth in what may be one of the world’s most ambitious biodiversity conservation initiatives.
By Paul Christopher Webster
Ottawa still refuses to recognize the economic benefits of clean lakes. By Douglas Hunter Illustration by Marco Cibola On March 4, the Obama administration marshaled enough bipartisan support to table legislation in Congress for the five-year, $650-million-a-year Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The U.S. government is determined to deal with pollution hot spots […]
Often heard but seldom seen, this enigmatic insectivore has undergone a rapid population drop across Canada. Researchers are now turning to new survey methods to help save a poorly understood species. By Tim Tiner The whip-poor-will’s loud, ringing call – a fabled, disembodied “voice in the night woods” (in the words of naturalist Roger Tory […]