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Spring 2006

Spring 2006

A planner for nature by Linda Pim Loggers in caribou territory; rare birds in your neighbourhood;big blob in Three Mile Lake Honouring our eco-heroes: Ontario Nature’s conservation award winners. Swallow-wort is wreaking ecological havoc wherever it grows – and it’s darn near impossible to run out of town by Christine Beevis   It’s not just […]

Ontario’s Woodpeckers

Ontario’s Woodpeckers

by Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler   A t a press conference in Washington D.C. last April, the world learned that the ivory-billed woodpecker lives.This charismatic bird is not, to our amazement, extinct after all. It’s hard to say whether the startling news sparked renewed interest in woodpeckers, but unquestionably bird watching in general continues […]

Not wanted

Not wanted

by Christine Beevis Yet another invasive plant is wreaking ecological havoc wherever it grows–and it’s darn near impossible to run out of town. Five years ago, while mowing a neighbour’s lawn, Gary Ford was surprised to see a two-metre-high tangle of vines that he hadn’t noticed before. “It’s a jungle now,” he says, noting that […]

A park for rarities

A park for rarities

   Tim Tiner Hidden within the remnants of the Carolinian forest, Short Hills Provincial Park is a neglected gem.   In the first grey light of an overcast morning, the sweeping vista of deep, wooded valleys and hilltop meadows seen from the Bruce Trail in Short Hills Provincial Park is sombre and muted. Although […]

The Saga of Victor Mine

The Saga of Victor Mine

In the remote reaches of northern Ontario, a diamond mine threatens to destroy a fragile wilderness and part of the largest pristine wetland left on Earth. by Chris Nuttall-Smith   The old man knows the river’s secrets, and he tells them, slowly, as he pilots his motorized canoe upstream. Far upriver is where Attawapiskat’s fishermen […]

The Quiet Activist

The Quiet Activist

Betty Learmouth has organized many a letter writing campaign and stared down developers before. Now there’s talk of a truck route running through nearby protected areas. Hmm… by Bruce Gillespie   Betty Learmouth has traipsed into the woods before dawn, cassette player cranked to full blast, trying to lure screech owls out into the open […]