2 | President’s Page
By Robert B. Stewart

4 | Earth Watch
Highway 89: Keswick Marsh to be degraded to save 13 minutes’ travel time; Niagara Escarpment Commission decision flouts approved Escarpment Plan; no new parks of policies for parks centennial; Environmental Defense Fund launched.

10 | Notes
Updates on environmental, wetlands and education programs.

22 | In the Field: Volunteer Projects for Naturalists
Breeding bird surveys; breeding bird census.

47 | Groundswell
Ontario’s Parks: Yours to discover—mining, hunting, trapping…
By Don Huff


On the cover
14 | Hunters, Fishers & Trappers: The World of Ontario Spiders
These tiny meat-eaters are extremely versatile at making a living—and their skills aren’t limited to weaving.
By David Barr

24 | The Bruce National Park: Time to Move Forward
What are we waiting for? This is one parks issue where everyone can win.
By Ron Reid

32 | Woodland Flowers: Reproductive Rhythms
From spring beauties to fall asters, each species has a fine-tuned strategy for when it will flower.
By J.E. Eckenwalder

39 | Sitting on the Edge: Peterborough & the Kawarthas
At this year’s FON Conference, you’ll explore a wildlife-rich land of hill and dale, interlaced with myriad waterways.
By Elaine Jaques

ON Nature Magazine Spring 1986 cover

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