Spring 2012

Nature lovers enjoy an early spring every year By Caroline Schultz

Conservation groups fight back against mining in old-growth forest; more than 11,000 people sign petition to ban the hunt of snapping turtles; First Nations demand opportunity for meaningful participation in Ring of Fire environmental assessments; citizen scientists help Ontario Nature’s atlas project.
Ontario Nature’s Guide to Birding in the Big City.
Ontario Nature commemorates our dedicated supporters.
Do you want to search for the ivory-billed woodpecker? I couldn’t say no. By Peter Gilchrist

Why, when so many waterfowl populations are shrinking, is this little tuxedo duck thriving? By Brian Banks
But not in the numbers bird lovers used to witness. Now scientists are combing through data collected by volunteers to uncover the causes behind this magnificent bird’s decline. By Peter Christie
No need to head to exotic locales. Ontario’s landscapes offer a birding paradise right in our own backyard. By Allan Britnell
Large-scale die-offs have left biologists struggling to find ways to save Ontario’s water birds. By Conor Mihell
On the cover: Less than 500 grams in weight, the bufflehead is North America’s smallest sea duck and one of the few species whose populations are doing well. Photograph by Dave Taylor

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