5 | This Issue
A Birder’s Delight: Nature lovers enjoy an early spring every year.
By Caroline Schultz

6 | Earth Watch
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.

14 | Special Section
Ontario Nature’s Guide to Birding in the Big City.

37 | Ontario Nature Champions
Ontario Nature commemorates our dedicated supporters.

38 | Last Word
My Grand Adventure: Do you want to search for the ivory-billed woodpecker? I couldn’t say no.
By Peter Gilchrist


On the cover
18 | The Secret to Its Success
Why, when so many waterfowl populations are shrinking, is this little tuxedo duck thriving?
By Brian Banks

22 | The Whimbrels are Coming!
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

28 | Best in Birding
No need to head to exotic locales. Ontario’s landscapes offer a birding paradise right in our own backyard.
By Allan Britnell

28 | Death on the Great Lakes
Large-scale die-offs have left biologists struggling to find ways to save Ontario’s water birds.
By Conor Mihell

ON Nature Magazine Spring 2012 cover

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