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Field work

Field work

By Joe Crowley Ontario Nature conservation staff have now completed two field seasons conducting research on some of the province’s rarest creatures. This summer, in my capacity as coordinator of Ontario Nature’s Reptile and Amphibian Atlas project, I worked with John Urquhart, staff ecologist, collecting data from Pelee Island and Lost Bay Nature Reserve for […]

A royal rebound

A royal rebound

By Allan Britnell With its distinctive black, orange and white-speckled patterning, the monarch (Danaus plexippus) is probably the best known of all North American butterflies. It is also one of the continent’s most well travelled insects, migrating more than 3,000 kilometres from its summer retreats as far east as Newfoundland to its overwintering grounds in […]

The buzz is gone

The buzz is gone

By John Hassell Around the world, researchers have noted with increasing concern the rapid decline in bumblebees, yet another once common creature now at risk of disappearing altogether. The decrease in bumblebee populations is so severe that the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario added the first bumblebee, the rusty-patched bumblebee […]

Join the club

Join the club

By Amber Cowie Sometimes, bigger really is better. The borders of the Greenbelt surrounding the Greater Toronto Area continue to extend, allowing additional lands to be incorporated under the Greenbelt Act. This past summer, the City of Guelph asked that more than 800 hectares of important habitat in the Guelph area also come under the […]

Heavy breathing

Heavy breathing

By Sharon Oosthoek The earth’s plants collectively inhale – wait for it –123 billion tonnes of carbon through photosynthesis each year, according to a team of international researchers who say their finding will eventually allow a more accurate prediction of the impact of climate change on trees, shrubs and crops.

Living fences

Living fences

By Allan Britnell That good fences make good neighbours is a commonly held truism, but fences can also be good for the environment, particularly when they are made from trees. In southwestern Ontario, the County of Wellington has initiated a number of innovative programs that incorporate so-called living fences to do everything from boosting crop […]

Power struggles

Power struggles

By Mark Carabetta For the past two years, Ontario Nature has been battling a controversial electrical power plant in King Township, and the fight isn’t over yet. Most recently, the organization is opposing an unprecedented regulation passed by the Ontario government that has created a loophole that permits the power plant to be built, undermines […]