5 | This Issue
If there is a will, there is a way.
By Caroline Schultz

6 | Earth Watch
Snapping turtle win; boreal outreach; the case against pesticides; surveying salamanders; photo contest finalists.

36 | Our Member Groups
Our strength in numbers.
By Lisa Richardson

37 | Our Community
A friend of nature: Sophie Mazowita.
By Kirsten Dahl

38 | Last Word
Protection for migratory birds must include their habitats.
By Lisa Richardson


On the cover
18 | Blinded by the Light
Because, like many animals, its habitat is increasingly fragmented by highways – death traps for wildlife. An ambitious road ecology project is seeking changes that will stem the car-fuelled carnage.
By Ray Ford

24 | A Plan for Protection
Canada has committed to protecting 17 percent of its land from development, but Ontario is lagging far behind. Here is how the goal can be met.
By Conor Mihell

30 | The Bear Whisperer
Marty Obbard devoted his career to studying and advocating for polar bears. Can his work help save a species some people believe is doomed?
By Brad Badelt

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2017 cover

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