Letters – Re: Closing the Loop on Forest Protection

Letters – Re: Closing the Loop on Forest Protection

Re: Closing the Loop on Forest Protection? I am a retired forester and a long-time member of Ontario Nature. Concerning your recent article in the 2019 Spring issue of the ON Nature magazine, my take is this: You say that licenced companies under the Forest Stewardship Council certification process – by the way, American companies […]

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New year, new look

New year, new look

Re: Have you read the new issue of ON Nature? I have indeed read the latest issue of ON Nature. I like the format of longer and shorter articles. The images are attractive. I was especially interested in the Plant Predators article as I am waiting impatiently for cottage season. We are on a lake […]

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Protecting a wildlife corridor on the Severn

Long Lake aerial north, Swift Rapids Road area

This Swift Rapids area gallery compliments an article which is part of a series on natural areas in Ontario that call out for protection, in the process helping Canada meet its international commitment to protect at least 17 percent of land and inland waters by 2020.   Large tracts of undeveloped land south of the Canadian […]

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Reduce Personal Plastic Waste

Blue plastic bottles

Are you concerned about the harmful effects of plastic waste in the environment? Does the problem sometimes feel overwhelming? It is, indeed, a big issue, but there are many ways that you as an individual can help improve the situation. Here a few simple tips to get you started: Instead of purchasing bottled water, carry […]

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Letters – from St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Letters – from St. Joseph’s Health Centre

The Volunteer Services Department at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto would like to thank Ontario Nature Magazine for your generous contribution of interesting reading material. We truly appreciate your support. In times of discomfort, your magazines really pulled through for patients who are in our hospital for long stays. We also distributed your magazines to […]

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Letters – Re: “When Nature Calls”

Letters – Re: “When Nature Calls”

Re: When Nature Calls I noticed in the picture on page 18 & 19 “When Nature Calls” in the Fall 2018 issue that it looks like the hiker is carrying a single-use plastic water bottle in her backpack. This may be getting picky, but it does not send the right message. I imagine it was […]

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Artificial Light Brings Heavy Consequences

Artificial Light Brings Heavy Consequences

The term “pollution” does not make many people think of artificial light, but it should. The convenience of 24-hour light comes at a heavy cost to humans and wildlife alike. Many species use light instinctually for migration, foraging and reproduction patterns. But what Ray Ford, author of Blinded by the light, calls “eternal twilight” has […]

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Committed to the conservation and enhancement of Ontario’s biodiversity

Killarney Provincial Park

Since 2015, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has partnered with Ontario Nature for Giving Tuesday. Thanks to their support, we have been able to restore vulnerable habitats, protect wild pollinators, defend endangered species and so much more. This year, OPG is sponsoring our Giving Tuesday campaign to help protect the places we love. If you would […]

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Letters – A tale of two Davids

Letters – A tale of two Davids

Dear Editor, I am a long-standing member of Ontario Nature, and have been an active member and twice-President of Nature Barrie, one of the member organizations. I am very supportive and appreciative of the work our federation does. I also teach Conservation Biology to undergraduate students and I know from that experience that engaging people […]

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Letters – Re: Re: “Nesting Instincts”

Letters – Re: Re: “Nesting Instincts”

Re: Nesting Instincts Dear ON Nature, We read with great interest the article on replacement nesting habitats for barn swallows. We were laughing out loud and shaking our heads at the arrogant hubris of those who would keep building structures that don’t work. Maybe they should have put up a sign (“Swallows Nest Here please”). […]

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Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Re: A Different Kind of Biodiversity Dear Mike, I agree with your observations about the diversity of the membership of naturalist organizations. I have also seen the same membership bias and ageing effect in hiking clubs and hiking trail organizations. If you are involved in Ontario Nature in any of the southwestern Ontario clubs you […]

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Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Letters – Re: “A Different Kind of Biodiversity”

Re: A Different Kind of Biodiversity The solution to getting ‘young, ethnically & culturally different people’ involved in the environmental movement is to educate them very young. Ontario Nature needs to take a look at the Ontario curriculum & then provide elementary teachers with resources that fit this curriculum. As a retired educator who is […]

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Picturing Protection Photo Contest

This summer, we asked you to help protect the places you love by submitting a photo to our Picturing Protection Photo Contest. We received nearly 100 stunning images of protected areas across Ontario! The top three submissions chosen by our editorial team were featured in the fall issue of ON Nature Magazine. But we received […]

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Letters – Re: “Root of Temptation”

Letters – Re: “Root of Temptation”

Re: Root of Temptation There are many documented benefits to American ginseng, it is not necessary to discredit its proper medicinal use with the term “purported”. Of course poaching is not ok. Harald Dienes, Ontario

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Letters – Re: “River of Life”

North French River, ON Nature feature

The article, River of Life, in the Spring 2018 issue, did a great disservice to the readers, setting a new low in biased journalism. Long on emotion and bereft of facts, the article gave the reader no information on which to judge possible development in the North French River watershed. It starts with the bias […]

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Letters: Re – “Nesting Instincts”

Letters: Re – “Nesting Instincts”

Re: Nesting Instincts I read with great interest the article “Nesting Instincts” in your recent Spring 2018 ON Nature magazine about the barn swallows.  The new structures built to replace existing barns/bridges/etc. have been erected with ready to occupy nesting cups.  As the article states, instinct would lead swallows to build where and how they […]

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Letters – Re: “Tracking Monarch Habitat”

Re: Tracking Monarch Habitat I signed up for milkweed watch as encouraged on page 6 of your Spring 2018 issue. 2017 seemed to be a very good year for Monarch butterflies here. And as I have done for many years, I scattered the seeds as best I could on the property. – Phelps Goodman

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Letters – Re: “Killer weed”

Letters – Re: “Killer weed”

What to do about phragmites is difficult and controversial, so we hoped to sparked a dialogue. We have received some thoughtful responses to Brad Badelt’s feature article “Killer weed.” Here are several letters from readers who care deeply about the environment, but hold different perspectives on phragmites. Where do you stand? John, In 1993 I […]

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Ontario Nature’s Year in Review

Ontario Nature’s Year in Review

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on some of what we accomplished for nature this year. We could not have done it without you – our members, friends, followers, funders and sponsors. With your support, we continue to be Ontario’s leading organization protecting wild species and wild spaces.

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Letters – Re: “Coyotes’ bad rap”

Letters – Re: “Coyotes’ bad rap”

Re: Coyotes’s bad rap A little while ago, I read the article about coyotes in our midst.  I  have ambiguous feelings towards the measures recommended to discourage coyotes:  fruit tree and fruit removal, bird feeder removal etc.  We know coyotes will always be there, as we know they adapt.  So, if they can survive near […]

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Have a heart for habitats this Giving Tuesday

Have a heart for habitats this Giving Tuesday

….Republished via opg.com….. OPG.COM, 11/23/2017 On the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, use your savings to help make Ontario a safe haven for wild species. For the third year, OPG has teamed up with Ontario Nature, a non-profit conservation group, to help protect Ontario’s wildlife on “Giving Tuesday.” On Nov. 28, people are […]

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Today is Giving Tuesday: Have a Heart for Habitats

Today is Giving Tuesday: Have a Heart for Habitats

Without a place to live, wild species cannot survive. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation threaten 80 percent of species at risk and negatively impact all wild plants and animals. Today, you can help make Ontario a safe haven for wild species.

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Re: Energy East pipeline cancellation

We should not be happy that Energy East was cancelled. We will use the same amount of oil either way, except now we will support some foreign dictators with terrible environmental controls in their country, have the risk of tanker accidents and possibly killing whales, rail road accidents, etc. New pipeline technology has made the […]

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Letters – Re: “Another win for the county”

Letters – Re: “Another win for the county”

Re:Another win for the county The celebratory tone in this article is not appropriate. Granted, turbines shouldn’t be placed in Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. But cancellation of wind projects is also cause for concern. Wind is crucial in addressing climate change and as environmentalists we need to be careful that, in critiquing a particular […]

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Letters – Cambridge Pollinator Preserve

Letters – Cambridge Pollinator Preserve

Hello fellow Pollinators, Having read articles in the spring (Pollinator campaign targets schools) and summer issues (Stratford joins Bee City program) of ON Nature magazine about pollination – I would like to take the opportunity to advise that the Ancient Mariners Canoe Club in Cambridge, Ontario have developed over the past several years a 1-hectare […]

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Land Protection and Indigenous Peoples

Land Protection and Indigenous Peoples

Earlier this year, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna that national parks must be respectful of traditional knowledge. She went on to say that Indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada can achieve its goal of having 17 percent protected land and inland waters by 2020. The summer issue of ON Nature features Point Grondine as […]

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Wonders of Nature Photo Contest

Wonders of Nature Photo Contest

A fleeting glimpse of an elusive bird, the delicate details of a dragonfly’s wings – there are few things that spark our sense of wonder more than the natural world. Share a photo that you feel reveals the wonder of nature in Ontario for a chance to qualify for the feature photo spot in the […]

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Letters – Second Reply to Dr. Foster by Randy Eshenroder

Letters – Second Reply to Dr. Foster by Randy Eshenroder

Re: “Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter”, Re: “Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys“, Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) This is my second reply to Dr. Foster concerning his proposal to experimentally cut back on sea lamprey control in Lake Superior […]

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Home is rooted in the land

Home is rooted in the land

After 30 years when my husband Barry and I took joy in teaching, writing and living at the 800-acre Foley Mountain Conservation Area in eastern Ontario, retirement loomed. As we prepared to turn the rented park house over to a new supervisor, we were challenged to find a satisfying living place of our own. This […]

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Mashkinonje

Mashkinonje

By Back Roads Bill Wetlands are often misunderstood because we usually think of them as a “swamp,” often in movies it is where the bodies are found. At one time everything was a “swamp,” not a place to go for a holiday or spend some quality time. We are now learning wetlands are important but we […]

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Correction

Correction

In the fall 2016 issue of ON Nature (“Protecting Grassland in Forks of the Credit”),  we erroneously stated that Ontario Parks is planning to convert a portion of Forks of the Credit Provincial Park’s (FCPP) grassland into forest. In fact, Ontario Parks has not said that they will actively reforest any part of FCPP. We […]

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Letters – Has tourism become too accessible?

Letters – Has tourism become too accessible?

Dear Editor, In a day and age where money basically runs society it’s surprising just how many people can afford to travel. Thanks partly to online “deal finders” and the low Canadian dollar, visitors have all the more incentive to stay north of the border this summer season. But is this an issue?

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A Guide to Some of Ontario’s Spiders

A Guide to Some of Ontario’s Spiders

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Correction – Summer 2016

Correction – Summer 2016

In the sidebar of the feature “Don’t hate be ‘case I’m bountiful,” (Page 21, Summer 2016) we misrepresented the diet of little brown bats. Many thanks to Harry Brightwell of Stratford for alerting us about the error. “The suggestion that the little brown bat ‘is a voracious mosquito gobbler’ is propagating the myth that little […]

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Harvesting and Processing Edible Wild Plants of the Boreal Forest

Harvesting and Processing Edible Wild Plants of the Boreal Forest

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Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter

Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter

Re: “Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys” I have enormous respect for Randy Eshenroder’s fisheries expertise and experience, and I am not surprised by his views. I am sure they are shared by many of his colleagues at the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, not to mention a good number of other fisheries […]

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Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys

Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys

Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) In the Spring 2016 issue, Dr. Foster reviewed tradeoffs between maintaining suppression (control) of sea lamprey in the Great Lakes and alleviating its impacts on non-target organisms, suggesting the time had come to consider allowing sea lamprey to “reach a point of natural equilibrium.”  Dr. Foster’s […]

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Letters – Guild Woods ESA: Toronto

Letters – Guild Woods ESA: Toronto

Re: “City approves 68 new environmentally protected areas“(Toronto Star, November 2015) I represent a group called APESA: Alliance to Protect Environmentally Significant Areas. We are based in Scarborough, specifically Guildwood. I have just read an article published by Ontario Nature – in November of last year, I believe – regarding the designation of ESAs in […]

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Letters – RE: “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt”

Letters – RE: “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt”

Re: “Urban sprawl leaps over the Greenbelt” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) I have just read “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt” in the current (Spring 2016) issue of ON Nature. It is alarming. Midhurst is close to Barrie where I live and development is spreading in all directions from what were the boundaries of the […]

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Letters – Hay

Letters – Hay

Re: “The cutting edge” (Feature, Spring 2016) With regard to the photo on the title page of the article “Cutting Edge” in the Spring 2016 edition of ON Nature: I am a farmer, and I can recognized good — and bad — haying practices when I see them. The aforementioned photo illustrates a number of […]

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