This Swift Rapids area gallery compliments an article which is part of a series on natural areas in Ontario that call out for protection, in the process helping Canada meet its international commitment to protect at least 17 percent of land and inland waters by 2020. Large tracts of undeveloped land south of the Canadian […]
Are you concerned about the harmful effects of plastic waste in the environment? Does the problem sometimes feel overwhelming? It is, indeed, a big issue, but there are many ways that you as an individual can help improve the situation. Here a few simple tips to get you started: Instead of purchasing bottled water, carry […]
The term “pollution” does not make many people think of artificial light, but it should. The convenience of 24-hour light comes at a heavy cost to humans and wildlife alike. Many species use light instinctually for migration, foraging and reproduction patterns. But what Ray Ford, author of Blinded by the light, calls “eternal twilight” has […]
Since 2015, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has partnered with Ontario Nature for Giving Tuesday. Thanks to their support, we have been able to restore vulnerable habitats, protect wild pollinators, defend endangered species and so much more. This year, OPG is sponsoring our Giving Tuesday campaign to help protect the places we love. If you would […]
As 2017 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on some of what we accomplished for nature this year. We could not have done it without you – our members, friends, followers, funders and sponsors. With your support, we continue to be Ontario’s leading organization protecting wild species and wild spaces.
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 […]
After 30 years when my husband Barry and I took joy in teaching, writing and living at the 800-acre Foley Mountain Conservation Area in eastern Ontario, retirement loomed. As we prepared to turn the rented park house over to a new supervisor, we were challenged to find a satisfying living place of our own. This […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead In the spring 2014 issue of ON Nature magazine, Tanya Pulfer wrote an article about 30 years of herp atlassing in Ontario. Limited by the short length of her article, Pulfer […]
Enhancing and maintaining a natural shoreline is one of the best things landowners can do to protect lake ecosystems. Ontario Nature’s conservation biologist, Jessica Middleton, and her sister Colleen began restoring their cottage waterfront two years ago by establishing a no-mow zone and allowing native plants to grow.
When word spread this spring about the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s proposed delisting of milkweed from the Schedule of Noxious Weeds, Ontario Nature supporters sent supportive comments through the Environmental Registry, as did many other nature enthusiasts and scientists. Thankfully, the ministry listened and officially removed milkweed from the noxious weed list in […]
Ontario Nature’s first ever members’ trip with Quest Nature Tours took place in March of this year. Thirteen birders, amateur archaeologists and general nature lovers visited birding hotspots in Belize and Guatemala, compiling an impressive bird list of 240 species.
By: Anita Caveney Lovers of nature feel so confidently that their hobby is an enormous asset in life that there is no feeling of hesitancy in advocating that every person should become acquainted with new species of bird, trees, insects, etc., just as often as opportunity offers. And the time to do so is always […]
Over the past year, I have read a number of environmentally-focused books that I would like to recommend to you. While the temperatures remain well below 0 degrees Celsius, why not give one of these books a go.
The holidays are just around the corner and here’s a list of gift ideas to help you keep the birder(s) in your life happy! (I’ve deliberately omitted binoculars, scopes, etc., from the list; not only are they expensive, but choosing them takes time, research and often boils down to personal preference.)
On more than one occasion, by more than one person, I have been referred to as the modern-day Grinch. The original Grinch is the frightfully unhappy antagonist in Dr. Seuss’ 1957 classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He despises Christmas and ridicules all the residents of Whoville who celebrate it.
Visit one of Ontario Nature’s reserves this winter for free fun and fitness. Snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, birding, geocaching and making snow angels – there is so much to do so don’t delay!
Pollinators are in trouble. That much is abundantly clear. This includes domesticated honey bees as well as our wild native bees, like the rusty-patched bumblebee, which is listed as a species at risk in Ontario.
Last week, Ontario Nature staff and volunteers were turtle hunting in Lost Bay Nature Reserve in eastern Ontario. Established in 2000 with a generous private land donation, the reserve protects 44 hectares of provincially significant wetlands and mature forest around Lake Gananoque. John Urquhart, conservation science manager, and Megan Anevich, nature reserves intern, who led […]
In 2007, to much acclaim, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed with support from members of all parties. Just six years later, the Liberals are quietly trying to gut the act, the NDP are muzzled by one or two northern members seeking exemptions for forestry, and the Progressive Conservatives are raging on about how […]
In his article, “A walk in the woods” [Spring 2013, page 18], Brian Banks provides recipes for two delicious meals made with local forest foods. You may also want to try these two equally mouth-watering recipes.
Baltimore oriole nest building photo journal. Text and photography by Lydia Dotto, ImageInnovation Photography.
The Autumn 2012 issue of ON Nature featured “Treasure hunt,” an article about Ontario Nature’s audit of the many species found at our Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve. Ray Ford photographs our conservation staff as they tramp through our biggest nature reserve documenting anything that glides, flies, or crawls.
Inspired by Conor Mihell’s article, “The Bountiful Forest” I found a recipe book entitled “The Edible Wild” by Berndt Berglund and Clare E. Bolsby in Ontario Nature’s library. The Edible Wild is both a cookbook and guide to wild plants that you can eat and cook with and which can be found throughout North America, including Ontario and […]
The Whimbrels are coming, but not in the numbers bird lovers used to witness. Scientists are currently analysing data collected by volunteers in order to uncover what’s causing the whimbrels’ numbers to decline. This map tells you more about the migration paths of these long-distance fliers. For more information, please click here.
Interested in visiting one of the gems of eastern Ontario as profiled in the article “The Ottawa Valley in autumn” in the fall 2011 issue of ON Nature magazine? Check out the contact information below.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 By Conor Mihell That the majority of Ontarians don’t have a clue where their garbage ends up after its left at the curb has as much to do with society’s general lack of environmental consciousness as it does the province’s lacklustre waste management regulations. Almost six million tonnes of Ontario waste […]
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 By Allan Britnell It was fitting that, late in 2010—a 12-month period that the United Nations had dubbed the International Year of Biodiversity—dignitaries gathered in Nagoya, Japan for the 10th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Unveiled at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the CBD’s stated goal […]
Friday, September 24, 2010 By Allan Britnell In early October (2010), dignitaries gathered at the Wellington County Museum and Archives [www.wcm.on.ca] in Fergus, Ont. for a ceremonial tree planting. The sugar maple sapling sown that day marked a very auspicious milestone: It was the one-millionth tree to be planted under the County of Wellington’s award-winning Green […]
Friday, August 13, 2010 By Conor Mihell In April, Minnesota-based naturalists Kate Crowley and Mike Link began a five-month, 2,575-kilometre walk around Lake Superior. Their goal: to capture an ecological snapshot of the lake’s perimeter in 2010—“baseline” information that will no doubt be a valuable tool in measuring changes over time. To achieve their goal, the […]
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 By Allan Britnell It seems we can add smaller birds to the growing list of impacts climate change is already having on the planet’s flora, fauna and habitats. A joint Swiss–U.S. study of nearly half-a-million birds, from more than 100 species, has found that birds are becoming lighter and developing smaller […]
By Conor Mihell Wednesday, May 12, 2010 A 300-kilometre-long rail line linking the northern Ontario cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie was raised from the dead when provincial and federal budgets in late March promised $30 million for long-needed track upgrades. While the antiquated Huron Central Railway is currently only used for transporting freight, rail activists in […]
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 By Conor Mihell The city of Ottawa is pushing through the completion of a four-kilometre extension of Terry Fox Drive to access areas for new housing developments. If roadwork is finished within a year, $32 million of the $47 million project will be paid for by provincial and federal stimulus funds. […]
Thursday, February 25, 2010 Thursday, February 25, 2010 Posted By Allan Britnell Barely six months after the official surrender of Japanese forces ended the Second World War, Winston Churchill gave a speech in March 1946 at Westminster College in Missouri where he famously stated that, “an iron curtain has descended across the Continent,” coining a term used ever since […]
Thursday, February 25,2010 Posted By Allan Britnell An ambitious Italian effort is underway to re-engineer the auroch, a wild cattle species that’s been considered extinct for nearly four centuries.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Posted By Conor Mihell The ink is nearly dry on a new forest management plan for Algonquin Provincial Park that will increase the amount of logging-free area in Ontario’s most popular park. In November, the Algonquin Forestry Authority, the Crown consortium responsible for managing and planning logging activities within park boundaries, […]
Tuesday January 26, 2010 Posted by Allan Britnell There’s no denying the heroic actions of U.S. Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger when he safely landed his powerless plane in the Hudson River a year ago [www.vanityfair.com/style/features/2009/06/us_airways200906], saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.
Thursday December 17, 2009 Posted by Conor Mihell The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has brokered the largest conservation deal in Ontario history by raising $7.4 million to purchase a 1,900-hectare, eight-island archipelago in northwestern Lake Superior. NCC partnered with The Nature Conservation of the United States and the Ontario and federal governments to acquire […]
Monday November 23, 2009 Posted by John Lorinc Beginning next year, new building projects in the City of Toronto will be expected to meet a minimum green design standard that includes bird friendly development guidelines. “All new development will have to be bird friendly,” says Toronto environmental planner Kelly Snow.