black oak savannah


5 | This issue
Half empty.
By Caroline Schultz

6 | Earth Watch
American marten in focus; new nature sanctuary; how wood frogs brave the winter; notable snake sighting; winter tracking 101; toxic fallout at Grassy Narrows; sprawl costs, big time.

36 | Our Community  
We are lost together.

37 | Our Member Groups  
Much to celebrate in Kawartha.

38 | Last Word
Cottages don’t belong in Algonquin.
By Evan Ferrari


white-winged scoter on winter lake

17 | Exploring the Oak Ridges Moraine
The moraine offers an abundance of sights and activities for nature lovers. It’s also a vital environmental resource. Whether you’re an explorer or a conservationist (or both), this annotated map will help you appreciate one of Ontario’s most important natural areas. 
By Mark Stabb and Joshua Wise

22 | Undercut
A lawsuit challenging an environmental audit is raising fears that industry pressure will erode the credibility of sustainability certification of forests and other natural resources.
By Conor Mihell

On the cover
28 | Winter wonders
Birders who flock outside only once the ice and snow have melted miss out on some magnificent species. Here is a collection of memorable sightings by bird-loving staff, volunteers and members of Ontario Nature. 
By Cecily Ross

Photos © Ron Erwin, Lydia Dotto, Scott Fairbairn