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Letters – “Coyotes’ bad rap”

Letters – “Coyotes’ bad rap”

Re: Coyotes’s bad rap A little while ago, I read the article about coyotes in our midst.  I  have ambiguous feelings towards the measures recommended to discourage coyotes:  fruit tree and fruit removal, bird feeder removal etc.  We know coyotes will always be there, as we know they adapt.  So, if they can survive near […]

ON Nature Winter 2017

ON Nature Winter 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue Fostering community conservation. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Great Lakes grasshopper; engaging northern citizen scientists; another successful summit; a new wetland guide; Master Naturalists program expands. 36 | Our Member Groups   Habitat corridors protect Hamilton’s pollinators. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   A legacy of dedication to […]

Letters – Energy East pipeline cancellat

We should not be happy that Energy East was cancelled. We will use the same amount of oil either way, except now we will support some foreign dictators with terrible environmental controls in their country, have the risk of tanker accidents and possibly killing whales, rail road accidents, etc. New pipeline technology has made the […]

Letters – “Another win for the county”

Letters – “Another win for the county”

Re:Another win for the county The celebratory tone in this article is not appropriate. Granted, turbines shouldn’t be placed in Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. But cancellation of wind projects is also cause for concern. Wind is crucial in addressing climate change and as environmentalists we need to be careful that, in critiquing a particular […]

ON Nature Autumn 2017

ON Nature Autumn 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue Public defenders. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Ratsnake research; our special pollinator spaces; bike trail benefits; south shore success; honouring conservation heroes; collaborating with Indigenous communities. 36 | Member Groups   A win for the Nottawasaga River. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   Conservation heroes feted. By Kirsten […]

Letters – Cambridge Pollinator Preserve

Letters – Cambridge Pollinator Preserve

Hello fellow Pollinators, Having read articles in the spring (Pollinator campaign targets schools) and summer issues (Stratford joins Bee City program) of ON Nature magazine about pollination – I would like to take the opportunity to advise that the Ancient Mariners Canoe Club in Cambridge, Ontario have developed over the past several years a 1-hectare […]

Land Protection and Indigenous Peoples

Shoreline of inland lake at Point Grondine Park

Earlier this year, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna that national parks must be respectful of traditional knowledge. She went on to say that Indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada can achieve its goal of having 17 percent protected land and inland waters by 2020. The summer issue of ON Nature features Point Grondine as […]

ON Nature Summer 2017

ON Nature Summer 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue If there is a will, there is a way. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Snapping turtle win; boreal outreach; the case against pesticides; surveying salamanders; photo contest finalists. 36 | Our Member Groups   Our strength in numbers. By Lisa Richardson 37 | Our Community   A friend of nature: […]

ON Nature Spring 2017

ON Nature Spring 2017

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue A time of rejuvenation. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch A guide to spiders, counting reptile roadkill, reducing bird strikes, partnership for pollinators, Indigenous perspectives on conservation offsets. 35 |Our Member Groups   A golden jubilee. By Lisa Richardson 36 | Our Community   Sydenham River joins Ontario Nature’s nature reserve […]

Letters – Second Reply to Dr. Foster by

Sea lamprey

Re: “Letters – a rebuttal to a Randy Eshenroder’s May 17th sea lamprey letter”, Re: “Letters – Reply to Dr. Foster RE: sea lampreys“, Re: “Rethinking sea lamprey control” (Earth Watch, Spring 2016) This is my second reply to Dr. Foster concerning his proposal to experimentally cut back on sea lamprey control in Lake Superior […]

ON Nature Winter 2016

ON Nature Winter 2016

DEPARTMENTS 5 | This issue When the going gets tough… By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch Protecting Rouge Park; northern partners; summer outreach; Youth Summit success; trashing Oxford County; Ostrander Point victory. 36 | Our Community   Chasing trout. 37 | Our Member Groups   Protecting tallgrass prairie. By Lisa Richardson 38 | Last Word To […]

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 – Fall 2016

Correction – Fall 2016

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 […]