By Geoff Nixon Last spring, one of Ontario’s rarest bird species was spotted at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. The seldom-seen yellow and black Kirtland’s warbler is protected under the Species at Risk Act and is designated as endangered.
By Geoff Nixon Just outside of Verona Ontario, is a small bridge connecting two lakes west of Frontenac Provincial Park. The Mitchell creek bridge, connecting birch and desert lakes, was built in 1930, and for 76 years the bridge has remained in its original form, allowing only small, unpowered watercraft to pass beneath it.
By Christine Beevis An Ontario Supreme Court decision may have set an important precedent concerning the empowerment of First Nations communities across the province. In the last issue of ON Nature, we reported that Platinex, one of the companies the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation blocked from mining exploration in the Big Trout Lake area, […]
By Wendy Francis “No road through, over or under Ojibway.” these words from transportation minister Donna Cansfield are the first hopeful sign that an Ontario natural treasure may be saved. This spring, Ontario nature learned of a proposal to construct a truck route through part of the Ojibway prairie complex, a 332-hectare site in the […]
By D’Arcy Jenish Why are Carolinian species such as the red-bellied woodpecker and the northern mockingbird moving north of their traditional breeding grounds? Why are grassland species such as the henslow’s sparrow and the loggerhead shrike still in decline despite ongoing recovery efforts? During fieldwork for the atlas of the breeding birds of Ontario 2001-2005, […]
By Julee Boan Vacationers may have noticed some changes to their favourite park this summer. While conservation groups were applauding the new Parks Act, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) was slashing Ontario Parks’ budget, leaving the department struggling to make up a 2.4 million-dollar funding shortfall. As a result, an estimated 226 full-time summer […]
Shannon Wilmot This fall, Ontarians had the rare pleasure of witnessing the largest monarch butterfly migration in 10 years. Monarchs migrate to Canada from Mexico each spring and return to the sunny south each fall. During the autumn migration, monarchs gather in large groups (numbering from a few hundred to several thousand) along the north […]