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Nature Notes

Black bear

These four-page resources cover a wide range of environmental topics and are geared to kids aged 10 to 12. Read about black bears, woodland caribou, invasive species, Ontario parks, the boreal forest, foxes, turtles, racoons and so much more.

Bats

Bats

As the only flying mammals in the world, bats can make an impressive claim to fame. Eight species of these nocturnal creatures live in Ontario. Agile and predatory, bats are capable of extremely sophisticated bio-sonar, also called echolocation, meaning that they emit pulses of sound and can detect echoes bouncing back from objects, including their prey.

Spiders

Spiders

Spiders live among us in almost every conceivable habitat. Their ecological role, one that benefits us, is as the ultimate predators of insects. They pursue this role with instinctive dedication; some have even moved into the warm micro-climates of people’s homes, unwittingly protecting us from pesky insects. In turn, they are a food source for many animals, forming an important link in the food chain.

Edible Wild Plants

Edible Wild Plants

This guide is intended for the boreal forest of northern Ontario where foraging presents an alternative to harvesting lumber and the forest’s ability to absorb the impact of harvesting is greater. It is not meant for forests in southern Ontario.

Species at Risk

Species at Risk

Endangered species live in the wild in Ontario and are facing imminent extinction or extirpation. Generally, these species and their habitats are protected under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007.