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

ON Nature, Winter 2019, Burning Need


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

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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