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Year of Biodiversity

Year of Biodiversity

Tuesday November 3, 2009 Posted by Allan Britnell While Arthur C. Clarke may have predicted that 2010 will be “the year we make contact,” the United Nations is asking us to take a more inward looking approach, declaring the coming 12 months to be the International Year of Biodiversity.

Long Live the King

Long Live the King

Monday October 26, 2009 Posted by Conor Mihell A unique land use partnership north of Sault Ste. Marie has resulted in the long-term protection of one of Ontario’s highest points of land. With its twin peaks rising some 360 metres above the surrounding terrain, King Mountain is the focal point of the Algoma Highlands, a swath of […]

Leaping to conclusions

Leaping to conclusions

Monday October 19, 2009 Posted by Allan Britnell Earlier this summer you may have read headlines like this one from the BBC proclaiming, “Legless Frogs Mystery Solved.” Good news, you likely thought, someone’s pinpointed the cause of one of the more disturbing ecological oddities of recent decades.

Blasting Lake Superior

Blasting Lake Superior

Tuesday September 22, 2009 Posted by Conor Mihell Joel Cooper can’t say enough about the big lake that looms just outside the patio doors of his modest year-round home near Wawa, Ontario. “Lake Superior has captured my imagination and dominates my life,” says Cooper, a retired Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources employee who lives on […]

Vulture Culture

Vulture Culture

by Dave Dick, BirdLife International Thursday September 10, 2009 Posted by Allan Britnell While the birth announcement for a slender-billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) is unlikely to elicit the fawning “oohs” and “aahs” you’d typically expect for a baby animal, the news was greeted with a huge sigh of relief in south Asia.

The eagle rises again

The eagle rises again

Friday August 28, 2009 Posted by: Conor Mihell After more than 35 years of endangered species status, bald eagles living south of the French and Mattawa rivers were downgraded to a species of special concern by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in mid-August. Jody Allair, a biologist with Bird Studies Canada (BSC) who oversees […]

Bring back the wolf

Bring back the wolf

Monday August 10, 2009 Posted by: Allan Britnell The lush green that carpets the Scottish Highlands has been looking a little threadbare in recent years, and an unchecked population of red deer (kissing cousins to North American elk) is to blame. Yet the solution being proposed by biologists is a controversial one: reintroducing wolves to […]

Better late than never: Contaminated sit...

Better late than never: Contaminated sites to be (finally) cleaned up in the Far North

Wednesday August 5, 2009 Posted by: Conor Mihell The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has committed to cleaning up Cold War-era Mid-Canada Line (MCL) missile detection sites in the James Bay Lowlands of the province’s Far North – finally (see “Hidden health hazards,” Autumn 2008 issue of ON Nature). The federal Department of National […]

Mining, yes. Ecotourism, not so much

Mining, yes.  Ecotourism, not so much

Wednesday July 22, 2009 Posted by: Douglas Hunter The coalition group Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay (CCMB) has lost a seven-year fight against a proposed traprock quarry on the eastern shore of eastern Superior. Its last-gasp attempt to stop the development was an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to overturn an amendment to […]

The dept. of oil and water: Trees and mi...

The dept. of oil and water: Trees and mining combined in new ministry

Friday July 17, 2009 Posted by: Conor Mihell A late June “mini shuffle” of government portfolios at Queen’s Park could put economic development above environmental concerns in the management of Ontario’s forests. On June 24, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that control of forest-related issues would be transferred from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to the […]