Contents Summer 2009

This Issue: Natural Connections
Our new program takes children outside by Caroline Schultz
Message Board: Spring reflections
Earth Watch
Bat populations plummet as white nose syndrome spreads; scientists discover weird and wonderful ecosystems at the bottom of Lake Huron; the Greenbelt may get bigger
Bird Watch: King rail
Tucked into the marshlands of southwestern Ontario, this secretive wading bird is nearly impossible to detect by Tim Tiner
In House
Successful fundraiser for our boreal songbirds; the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists turn 20
Last Word: Dead calm
Beneath shimmering surfaces, environmental injuries take a toll on the health of the Great Lakes by Peter Christie
Cover Story: Wolfsong
Lonesome or aggressive, mournful or spirited, few sounds in nature thrill and mystify like the nocturnal dirge of this top predator. A guide to the meaning of wolf howls by Ray Ford
Muddy waters
Aquaculture has been charged with multiple crimes against the environment. But today fish farms must abide by stringent regulations while many wild fish populations are being decimated. Can we learn to live with this industry? by Douglas Hunter
Wild for the city
Urban ecologists offer a new approach to city planning, arguing that balancing biodiversity with development is key to healthy urban centres by Edward Keenan
Places to grow
Rain gardens soak up stormwater, reduce runoff and are a magnet for wildlife. Bonus: they’re practically maintenance free by Conor Mihell