renaturalized tallgrass meadow


5 | This Issue
How much for that ecosystem?
By Caroline Schultz

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

8 | Earth Watch
Ontario Nature’s Biodiversity Watch List; more reasons to go outside; the vine that ate the South; raising a stink in farm country.

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 benefits 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 conservation initiatives.
By Paul Christopher Webster

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 Tim Tiner

ON Nature Magazine Summer 2010 cover

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