2 | President’s Page
FON and conservation authorities: Finding common ground.
By Mary E. Smith

6 | Earth Watch
Aulneau slated for logging and game management; coyotes plague sheep farmers in Grey-Bruce; Long Point’s inner bay at risk; planes and ducks at Oro-Barrie-Orillia Airport; Ontario to get environmental bill of rights; pesticide panel would create new regulatory agency; minister endorses Crombie Report’s recommendations; acid rain coalition closes shop; men charged with poaching on nature reserve.

15 | Around Ontario
New boardwalk at Oliphant Fen; Midland club adopts a class; startling evidence that things are badly wrong in our forests.

40 | Notes
Membership trips: what do members say?; Colonial marsh bird survey; $11,000 raised through sale of print; mammal atlas logo.

44 | Birder’s Notebook
Are our songbirds declining?
By Michael Bradstreet

46 | Groundswell
Taking the wild out of wild animals.
By Ian Kirkham


On the cover
18 | Wild but Not Free
Our laws governing treatment of captive wildlife are full of discrepancies and omissions. It’s time for an overhaul.
By Barry Kend MacKay

24 | The Mammal Atlas: Remembrance of Things Past
Everyone can contribute sightings to the newly launched Ontario mammal atlas. Just take a walk down memory lane.
By Margaret Carney

26 | Kingdom of Spring
Watching breeding amphibians make their age-old pilgrimage to water, a herpetologist considers the strange evolutionary path taken by the blue-spotted/Jefferson’s salamander complex.
By Leslie Anthony

ON Nature Magazine Spring 1991 cover

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