mudpuppy salamander


5 | This Issue
Skin in the game.
By Caroline Schultz

6 | Earth Watch
Plovers make a comeback; air quality improves; nature reserve renamed; halting wetland destruction; beech bark disease; inspiring the next generation.

35 | Our Community  
Heart and soul.

37 | Our Member Groups  
A Misery Bay mystery.

38 | Last Word
Strategies abound, but where is the action?
By Steve Hounsell


Amazing Adaptations

On the cover
18 | Amazing Adaptations
Mind-controlling worms, gender-bending plants, limb-regrowing amphibians – Ontario’s diverse species have some amazing skills and habits.
By Allan Britnell

24 | Nature’s Bounty
Across the north, savvy entrepreneurs are driving the growth of a sustainable wild-foods economy.
By Conor Mihell

28 | In The Muck With Mudpuppies
“Snot otter” is not a flattering nickname, but these giant salamanders are not just slimy; they are mysterious, winter-loving and seemingly abundant in Ontario. Yet, relatively few people have ever seen one.
By Cecily Ross

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2015 cover

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