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Biodiversity hot spots

South Bruce Peninsula

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.

State of the Greenbelt

State of the Greenbelt

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.”

Ontario Nature’s biodiversity Watch List

Ontario Nature’s biodiversity Watch List

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 […]

How much for that ecosystem?

How much for that ecosystem?

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 […]

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Lost Bay Nature Reserve Map Turtle

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.

The vine that ate the South

The vine that ate the South

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 […]

J.P. Gladu: northern ambassador

J.P. Gladu: northern ambassador

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 […]

Troubled waters

Troubled waters

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 […]

Whip-poor-will

Whip-poor-will

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 […]