5 | This Issue

To protect and serve.
By Caroline Schultz

7 | Earth Watch

Christmas Bird Counts, A new cross-cultural collaboration, Nature reserve system grows,

And more…

ON Nature, Winter 2019, Small is Bountiful


18 | Small is Bountiful

A tiny reserve just outside Toronto is home to stunning biodiversity – including more than 1,000 moth species – debunking the notion that only large natural expanses merit protection.

By Patricia Hluchy


24 | Burning Need

Fires can be ecological blessings, regenerating habitats of rare species. A “prescribed burn” at an alvar reserve shows how experts tame fire’s wild force.

By Conor Mihell

ON Nature, Winter 2019, Burning Need
The Great White Northerner, TOC spread, Winter 2019 ON Nature

On the cover

30 | The Great White Northerner

Most Ontarians know belugas only from nature documentaries, but a hardy population of this marine species persists in the province’s northern reaches. Can it resist the impacts of climate change?

By Brian Banks

38 | Last Word

The Monarch Butterfly Effect.

By Lisa Richardson

Mulock boardwalk

37 | Our Community  

Increasing access to nature.

By Portia Mohlmann

36 | Our Member Groups 

Naturalists take concrete action.

By Lisa Richardson

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2019 cover

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