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Mashkinonje

Mashkinonje

By Back Roads Bill Wetlands are often misunderstood because we usually think of them as a “swamp,” often in movies it is where the bodies are found. At one time everything was a “swamp,” not a place to go for a holiday or spend some quality time. We are now learning wetlands are important but we […]

Correction

Correction

In the fall 2016 issue of ON Nature (“Protecting Grassland in Forks of the Credit”),  we erroneously stated that Ontario Parks is planning to convert a portion of Forks of the Credit Provincial Park’s (FCPP) grassland into forest. In fact, Ontario Parks has not said that they will actively reforest any part of FCPP. We […]

ON Nature Fall 2016

ON Nature Fall 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Nature’s bond. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Protecting grasslands; softshell turtle refuge; hog-nosed havens; pollinator protection; advancing citizen science; from wasteland to reserve; snapping turtle sorrows; Anne Bell reflects. 36 | Our Member Groups   Celebrating 25 years of rainforest conservation. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Ontario […]

A Guide to Ontario Spiders

A Guide to Ontario 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.

Correction – Summer 2016

Little brown bat

In the sidebar of the feature “Don’t hate be ‘case I’m bountiful,” (Page 21, Summer 2016) we misrepresented the diet of little brown bats. Many thanks to Harry Brightwell of Stratford for alerting us about the error. “The suggestion that the little brown bat ‘is a voracious mosquito gobbler’ is propagating the myth that little […]

ON Nature Summer 2016

ON Nature Summer 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Call of the wild. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Gains for a greener future; the health benefits of nature; counting salamanders; counting the Sydenham River Nature Reserve. 37 | Our Member Groups   Membership has its rewards. 38 | Last Word Bolstering our environmental rights. By Anne Bell FEATURES […]

Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea la

Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys

Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) In the Spring 2016 issue, Dr. Foster reviewed tradeoffs between maintaining suppression (control) of sea lamprey in the Great Lakes and alleviating its impacts on non-target organisms, suggesting the time had come to consider allowing sea lamprey to “reach a point of natural equilibrium.”  Dr. Foster’s […]

Letters – Guild Woods ESA: Toronto

Letters – Guild Woods ESA: Toronto

Re: “City approves 68 new environmentally protected areas“(Toronto Star, November 2015) I represent a group called APESA: Alliance to Protect Environmentally Significant Areas. We are based in Scarborough, specifically Guildwood. I have just read an article published by Ontario Nature – in November of last year, I believe – regarding the designation of ESAs in […]

Letters – “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The G

Letters – “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt”

Re: “Urban sprawl leaps over the Greenbelt” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) I have just read “Urban Sprawl Leaps Over The Greenbelt” in the current (Spring 2016) issue of ON Nature. It is alarming. Midhurst is close to Barrie where I live and development is spreading in all directions from what were the boundaries of the […]

Letters – Hay

Letters – Hay

Re: “The cutting edge” (Feature, Spring 2016) With regard to the photo on the title page of the article “Cutting Edge” in the Spring 2016 edition of ON Nature: I am a farmer, and I can recognized good — and bad — haying practices when I see them. The aforementioned photo illustrates a number of […]

Letters – Under the Gun

Letters – Under the Gun

Re: “Under the gun“, (Feature, Spring 2016) Am writing from Grey Bruce – home of a unique variation on Black Bears – and so read with interest, the piece by Conor re:  Under the Gun. I attempted to find the Ted Talk (2013) that he spoke about toward the end of the article – but […]

ON Nature Spring 2016

ON Nature Spring 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue A river runs through it. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Caribou concerns; controlling sea lamprey; sustainable trail building; reflected lights and bird strikes; master naturalists; protecting the Greenbelt. 34 | Our Community   A lasting legacy. 37 | Our Member Groups   On the trail with field botanists. 38 | […]

ON Nature Winter 2015

ON Nature Winter 2015

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issueSkin in the game.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchPlovers make a comeback; air quality improves; nature reserve renamed; halting wetland destruction; beech bark disease; inspiring the next generation. 35 | Our Community  Heart and soul. 37 | Our Member Groups  A Misery Bay mystery. 38 | Last WordStrategies abound, but where is […]

Northern Forest Foraging Guide

Northern Forest Foraging Guide

Ontario’s forests, meadows and waters provide an incredible range of nutritious and delicious edible wild plants. Ontario Nature has prepared this foraging guide as an introduction to this local resource, and to encourage people to get outside and experience the wonders the natural world provides.

The trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and fungi listed in this guide are a sample of some of the abundant local species that can be harvested sustainably, though there are many other wild edibles to explore. The guide is intended to be a starting point for people interested in foraging for edible wild plants and should not be considered to be a definitive resource for their identification and use.

ON Nature Fall 2015

ON Nature Fall 2015

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issueTwenty-five cents.By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth WatchHawk Cliff Woods campaign; greenest school; curing bats; cycling the Greenebelt; fire ants spread an invasive plant; rusty crayfish; microbeads; a decade of leadership. 35 | Our Community  Conservation heroes recognized. 37 | Our Member Groups  BioBlitz trail blazers. 38 | Last WordReviving the agricultural diversity […]

ON Nature Summer 2015

ON Nature Summer 2015

DEPARTMENTS 5 |  This issue Embracing conservation. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Greenbelt protection; city fish; summer camps; naturalist training; bird-friendly coffee; bioslicks; ragweed on the rise; nature reserves 101; another declining bee; bumble bee champion. 36 | Our Community   Ten thousand hours 37 | Our Member Groups   Four new member groups 38 […]

Correction – Spring 2015

Correction – Spring 2015

Last Word “Keep our parks Wi-Fi free, ” (page 38, spring 2015). We incorrectly reported that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry proposed Wi-Fi expansion in provincial parks. In fact, Ontario Parks does not at present have any plans to proceed with Wi-Fi expansion. Paragraph two of the article should read: “It seems Parks Canada […]

Nearby nature reserves

Nearby nature reserves

In her article in the spring 2015 issue of ON Nature, Lorraine Johnson demonstrates how neighbours are creating pollinator habitat and restoring ecological connections in towns, suburbs and cities across the province. She provides the example of Palmerston Square Pollinator Patch – a small but diverse community garden that took root in west Toronto in 2014 […]