5 | This issue
Battling the Bureaucracy
The impenetrable environmental assessment process.
By Caroline Schultz
8 | Earth Watch
New ideas about old-growth forests; kayakers clean up in Georgian Bay; green alternatives to salt; Guelph development encroaches on rare species habitat.
On the cover
28 | Urban Nature
In the wake of the mysterious honeybee die-off, a renaissance in urban beekeeping has blossomed. As keepers attest, worker bees improve biodiversity, pollinate our plants and produce the best honey you’ll ever taste.
By Brad Badelt
36 | Bird Watch
Acadian Flycatcher – Deforestation thoughout Central and South America is the dominant threat to the survival of this diminuative songbird.
By Tim Tiner
40 | In House
Ontario Nature announces its conservation winners; Friends of Mashkinonje befriend a park.
42 | Last Word
Some photographers bait wildlife to get that perfect shot. Is that right?
By Moira Farr
16 | Why We Can’t Save This Forest
What went wrong with the Environmental Assessment Act? How a law that was meant to protect the environment ended up helping industry.
By Conor Mihell
22 | The Killing Fields
New research reveals that a widely used class of agricultural pesticides is the likely culprit behind the deaths of hundreds of millions of birds. Worse still: Canada continues to market neurotoxic chemicals with the full knowledge of their impact.
By Paul Webster
33 | Ontario Nature’s Fourth Annual Youth Writing Contest
We asked kids in grades 7 and 8: What are you doing that has a positive impact on our environment? The winning essays show us the way.
Photos © Robert McCaw