5 | This Issue
By Caroline Schultz
6 | Earth Watch
- American marten in focus
- New nature sanctuary in Lanark County
- Ontario Nature Youth Summit
- Glen Murray, Ontario’s first Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- How wood frogs brave the winter
- Notable hog-nosed snake sighting
- Winter animal tracking 101
- Toxic fallout at Grassy Narrows
- Urban 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
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
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