5 | This Issue
Our Waterways Need Your Vote. By Caroline Schultz
7 | Earth Watch
- Initiative Taps New Generation of Activists
- COVID-19 lockdowns Bring More Birds to Urban Areas
- Ontario’s Record on Species at Risk
- Noah Cole: Featured Photographer
- Farms to Forests at Sydenham River Nature Reserve
- Rare Alvar Habitat on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula
- 2021 Youth Summit for Mother Earth Writing in Nature Showcase
- Peatlands: Crucial Carbon Stores
24 | The Rights of Nature
The movement to designate lakes, river and other natural features legal “persons” with rights to self-preservation and legal redress is spreading through Indigenous communities in Canada. Will Ontario embrace the resolutions as a way of protecting its natural bounty? By Brian Banks
19 | Wellspring of Life
Simcoe County may be home to the world’s purest groundwater, but scientists worry that nearby gravel-pit expansions will leave its secrets untapped. By Ray Ford
30 | Trout in Trouble
A rare abundant population of brook trout in the West Credit River is under threat from a proposed wastewater treatment plant. Can a partnership between conservationists and anglers save this cold-water specialist? By Patricia Hluchy
38 | Last Word
When Tree Planting Harms More Than It Helps
By James Kamstra
34 | Our Member Groups
Advocacy Efforts Pay Off with the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists
By Lisa Richardson
36 | Our Community
A Life Well Lived – Carolyn Joyce Keen
By Kirsten Dahl with input from John, Paul, Scott and Doug Keen
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