5 | This Issue
A cost-benefit analysis of biodiversity.
By Caroline Schultz
8 | Earth Watch
Ontario Nature’s Biodiversity Watch List; state of the Greenbelt; more reasons to go outside; biodiversity hot spots; raising a stink in farm country; the vine that ate the South.
40 | Bird Watch
Whip-poor-will: Researchers are turning to new survey methods to help save a poorly understood species.
By Tim Tiner
44 | In House
Donor spotlight: Meg Salter and John Grandy make a generous gift to Ontario Nature.
46 | Last Word
Troubled Waters: Ottawa still refuses to recognize the economic benefit of clean lakes.
By Douglas Hunter
18 | The Barcode of Life Project
At the Biodiversity Institute, scientists are using cutting-edge technology to catalogue every plant and animal on earth in what may be one of the world’s most ambitious biodiversity conservation initiatives.
By Paul Christopher Webster
On the cover
24 | Songs of the Bobolink
Small changes on farmlands could help reverse the steep decline of a grassland species whose joyous chorus once filled the air.
By Cecily Ross
30 | At Your Service
Can you put a price tag on the ecological functions—water filtration, clean air—provided by the good earth? Making the business case for nature.
By Conor Mihell
36 | Mother Nature Wants You
Tips from the pros on how to preserve and protect the wildlife in your neighbourhood.
By Allan Britnell
Photos © Mark Carabetta, Scott Fairbairn