4 | Earth Watch
Pop cans make a comeback; Bruce park gains local support; land of the white pine; tightening-up use of Crown land; booster for natural heritage; tax reform only for some; clear support for wetlands; Sudbury environmental study released; forest management to have environmental review, maybe; Minister’s forums draw crowds; Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas update; Lambton wildlife club assists wetlands purchase.

12 | Notes
Endangered species: FON’s new kit is underway; new rules for life membership; American kestrel colour-banding project; FON plants a tree.

52 | In the Field: Volunteer Projects for Naturalists
Long Point Bird Observatory; Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas.

54 | Groundswell
A Sustainable Future.
By Ron Reid


On the cover
16 | To Know a Wetland is to Love a Wetland
Expose your children (borrow some, if necessary) to the wonderful world of wetlands. Thrills and chills for all ages.
By Pamela Hickman

23 | Legends by the Pond
Dragonflies are part of the fun in a wetland, both in their underwater form, and as adults, whirring like helicopters through the air.
By David & Norma Barr

29 | Log Two, plus Population Puzzle for Super-Brains
Over a century and a half, a spruce tree lives, dies, and is recycled. For decades it serves as a drumming log for ruffed grouse.
By John Theberge

34 | Your Key to the Ottawa Valley
The 51st annual meeting of the FON will be held in Ottawa this year. Don’t miss exploring this rich and diverse countryside.
By Joyce Reddoch

40 | Challenge in a Distant Land
The Breeding Bird Atlas is a mammoth undertaking, but especially so in the north, where the “work sites” are 100-lm-square.
By Kathie Lambert

42 | Precautions for a Rare Visitor
When a rare California gull chose to nest on Toronto’s Leslie St. Spit for the past two years, it received V.I.P. treatment.
By Chip Weseloh & Hans Blokpoel

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