5 | This Issue
Time to reconsider our baggage.
By Victoria Foote
8 | Earth Watch
Tiny water flea takes over Muskoka lakes; species-friendly roadwork; logging with a conscience; Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust added 25 hectares; climate watch.
16 | Profile
For three decades, aerial photographer Lou Wise has been snapping his unique photographs of southern Ontario’s waterways.
By Allan Britnell
36 | Field Trip
Ontario’s turtle crisis.
By Tim Tiner
40 | Rural Nature
The eastern bluebird is well on the road to recovery thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers, researchers and a lot of nest boxes.
By Moira Farr
44 | Inside Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature celebrates 75 years of conservation at the ROM; upcoming nature festival; a pamphlet for paddlers.
46 | Last Word
Escape Clause: Why is an ecologically destructive industry like mining exempt from environmental assessments?
By Jen Baker
On the cover
20 | River Stories
Two true river runners recount their trips along six of the province’s best water trails for wildlife, unspoiled habitat and breathtaking vistas.
By Kevin Callan and Hap Wilson
26 | The Lessons of the Spanish
The storied Spanish River reveals its natural splendours to a summertime paddler — maybe too many paddlers. Lacking sufficient protective measures, this mystical waterway is in danger of being loved to death.
By C. Dorothy Beevis
30 | Land Before Time
Frontenac Arch is a geological wonder containing islands that were once mountaintops and more rare species than anywhere else in the country. Today, a coalition of conservation organizations, landowners and others, including Ontario Nature, are trying to save this unusual place.
By Alec Ross
Photos © Dave Taylor, Hap Wilson