foraging fungi


5 | This Issue
Twenty-five cents.
By Caroline Schultz

6 | Earth Watch
Hawk 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 Word
Reviving the agricultural diversity on Pickering Lands.
By Jim Miller


charting a new course, biodiversity is in trouble

18 | The Mushroom Hunter
For Freeman Boyd, fungi are an endless source of discovery, with a diversity that boggles the mind. During a stroll through his favourite haunt, he offers a master class in foraging for the rarest and tastiest varieties.
By Ray Ford

24 | The Forgotten Lake
Ontario once bordered a freshwater sea, Lake Iroquois, who vestiges can still be seen and experienced in the Lake Iroquois Plain. Its unique landscapes and habitats are a natural legacy that demands exploration and protection.
By Douglas Hunter

On the cover
28 | Charting a New Course
According to a new report, Ontario’s biodiversity is in trouble, but its not too late to turn the ship around.
By Anne Bell and Tanya Pulfer

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2015 cover

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