ON Nature Winter 2015_3_mudpuppy_2Masthead

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

18 | Amazing adaptations
Mind-controlling worms, gender-bending plants, limb-regrowing amphibians – Ontario’s diverse species have some surprising 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 Mihel

30 | In the muck with mudpuppies
“Snot otter” is not a flattering nickname, but these giant salamanders are not just slimy; they are mysterious, winterloving and seemingly abundant in Ontario. Yet, relatively few people have ever seen one. By Cecily Ross

On the cover:The beaver maintains a lasting bond with its partner.
Photograph by Scott Fairbairn