5 | This Season
This special issue takes a look at a new conservation strategy for Ontario’s landbirds that will protect birds before they get into trouble.
By Margaret Webb
6 | Earth Watch
How green is your classroom?; nature untaxed; Harris government undermining environmental protection; Nature’s Best protected area strategy; Wabakimi park to expand; little prairie on the farm.
43 | Insider
54 | Reflections
A walk on the philosophical side of nature.
By Melanie Parker
On the cover
12 | The Flight Plan
A long-term strategy to conserve Ontario’s birds urges us to take action now. The four groups that prepared the plan are doing just that.
By John Lounds, Edward Cheskey and Michael Bradstreet
17 | The Last Stands
Declining forest cover in southern Ontario is one of our most pressing problems.
By Mike Cadman
21 | The Manufactured Mosaic
New research can make the working forest workable for conservation.
By Margaret McLaren and Mark Stabb
25 | Harrowing Tales
Grassland birds are in significant decline in Ontario’s farm land.
By Madeline Austen
31 | Mire Circumstances
Development has left our wetlands high and dry. But swamps are finally finding friends who can help.
By Jon McCracken
34 | Back from the Brink
Five birds make dramatic comeback — with a little help from their friends.
By Margaret Carney
41 | Bird Alert
Things you can do to help birds.
By Victoria Foote
Photos © Robert McCaw, Tony Beck