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5 | This Issue
Protect our pollinators.
By Caroline Schultz

6 | Letters
A culture of fear.

8 | Earth Watch
Protecting Lake Superior shoreline; crunchy cattails; missing frog; stewardship on the farm; shoreline naturalization; hiking hotspots; roadside habitat; coal-free Ontario; Rouge Park fixes; childhood friends reunite.

36 | Our Community  
Eco-heroes walk among us.

37 | Our Member Groups  
Willow Beach Field Naturalists.

38 | Last Word
Ban neonics. Period.
By Anne Bell


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18 | A River Runs Through It
As recent floods have reminded Ontarians, waterways buried under our cities can come back to life – with dire consequences. Naturalists and engineers now believe uncovering such “lost rivers” will benefit urban residents both human and wild. 
By Brad Badelt

24 | On the Blitz
Inside the BioBlitz movement: How a group of farmers in eastern Ontario opened their lands to scientists and the public to help document their region’s natural diversity—and set an example for other landowners.
By Mark Anderson

On the cover
30 | Over a Burrow
Bank swallows seem to be in trouble, and many people blame aggregate companies’ destruction of nests during excavation. Turns out the industry could be the burrowing bird’s most important ally.
By Peter Gorrie

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2014 cover

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