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A very surprising discovery

A very surprising discovery

By Allan Britnell Flamborough resident Paul D. Smith has turned the beach-vacation hobby of collecting interesting shells into an innovative biodiversity study. Each year since 2007, he has searched for freshwater mussel shells along the muddy shoreline of Cootes Paradise, an 800-hectare wetland sanctuary managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), at the western end […]

On guard for the moraine

On guard for the moraine

By Caroline Schultz Formed 11, 000 years ago by retreating glaciers, and stretching 160 kilometres end to end, the Oak Ridges Moraine is one of southern Ontario’s most distinctive physical features. Before European settlement, the moraine’s rolling hills were blanketed by forests and punctuated by kettle lakes and streams. Expanses of tallgrass prairie and savannah […]

Shelly Candel, Nature Guardians Sponsor

Shelly Candel, Nature Guardians Sponsor

Ontario Nature deeply appreciates Shelly Candel’s generous support of Ontario Nature’s Nature Guardians program. We asked Shelly to tell us why this program is important to her. The Nature Guardians are my hope for the future. I love the outdoors – feeling the fresh air, the sun and the wind. I love hearing songbirds and […]

The renegade

The renegade

Unabashed tree lover Diana Beresford-Kroeger declares that forests hold the key to combating climate change and curing a multitude of ailments including cancer. By Conor Mihell

Birds on the farm

Birds on the farm

Conservationists and cattlemen join forces to save a rare species. By Ron Reid Grassland birds across North America are in big trouble, none more than the bobolink, whose rollicking songs once graced hayfields and pasture lands across southern Ontario. Since 1968, Ontario’s bobolink populations have plummeted by two-thirds (see “Songs of the bobolink,” Summer 2010), […]

Turtle hunting

Turtle hunting

By John Urquhart With its large shell – up to 47 centimetres in length – and the series of triangular spikes lining its tail, the snapping turtle looks prehistoric, and it is. Sadly, Ontario’s biggest and longest-lived turtle – estimates based on size and growth rates suggest snapping turtles could live to be over 150 […]

ON Nature Summer 2011

ON Nature Summer 2011

DEPARTMENTS 7 | This Issue Conservation politics and a treasured landscape. By Caroline Schultz 8 | Earth Watch A win for wildlife: The Bruce Trail Conservancy secures more of the Niagara Escarpment; the great outdoors: having a field day with conservation staff; we object: the Province allows hunting at-risk snapping turtles; pleased to meet you: […]

A great deal

A great deal

By John Hassell Congratulations to our partner organization, the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC), for raising $1 million to secure an additional 114 hectares of Malcolm Bluff Shores, a spectacular 423-hectare (1,045- acre) area on the Niagara Escarpment, north of Owen Sound. Together, Ontario Nature and BTC have raised the funds needed to permanently protect 346 […]

Having a field day

Having a field day

By John Urquhart Ontario Nature’s conservation staff is back in the field! We are continuing our research on reptiles and amphibians as we work toward the completion of the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. One of the unique aspects of the atlas is the opportunity it provides for citizen scientists. Anyone can contribute valuable data […]