5 | This Issue
Big Thinker: Len Gertler, a planner for nature.
By Linda Pim

8 | Earth Watch
Loggers in caribou territory; rare birds in your neighbourhood; big blob in Three Mile Lake.

15 | Profile
The Quiet Activist: Retired teacher-librarian Betty Learmouth has stared down developers before; now there’s talk of a truck route running through nearby protected areas…
By Bruce Gillespie

34 | Urban Nature
Not Wanted: Swallow-wort is wreaking ecological havoc wherever it grows — and it’s darn near impossible to run out of town.
By Christine Beevis

36 | Field Trip
Woodpeckers: It’s not just about the ivory-billed.
By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler

44 | Inside Ontario Nature
Meet our new directors; remembering two dedicated naturalists; spring regional meetings.

46 | Last Word
Crisis? What Crisis? Cutting down the boreal forest is not the solution to the north’s economic woes.
By Riki Burkhardt


On the cover
18 | The Saga of Victor Mine
De Beers Canada has started digging the province’s first diamond mine not far from the James Bay coastline, threatening to destroy a fragile wilderness.
By Chris Nuttall-Smith

26 | A Park for Rarities
Nestled within the Carolinian forest, Short Hills Provincial Park is a neglected gem.
By Tim Tiner

30 | A Hole in the Landscape
A father and son team unravel the mysterious origins of Devil’s Crater and discover a portal to the past.
By Jon and Leif Nelson

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2006 cover

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