7 | This Issue
Conservation politics and a treasured landscape.
By Caroline Schultz

8 | Earth Watch
A win for wildlife: The Bruce Trail Conservancy secures more of the Niagara Escarpment; the great outdoors: having a field day with conservation staff; we object: the Province allows hunting at-risk snapping turtles; pleased to meet you: Chris Rathgeber, treasurer for Ontario Nature’s Board of Directors.

40 | How You Help
Shelly Candel sponsors Ontario Nature’s young Nature Guardians.

42 | Last Word
Birds on the Farm: Conservationists and cattlemen join forces to protect a threatened species.
By Ron Reid


18 | Where the Wildlife Is
From rugged coastlines to old-growth forests to orchid-carpeted swamplands, Ontario Nature’s reserves protect the province’s most imperilled wild spaces.
By Brian Banks

On the cover
24 | Showdown on the Oak Ridges Moraine
On the 10-year anniversary of the protection plan for one of southern Ontario’s most treasured landscapes, Ontario Nature and fellow environmentalists concede that the fight for the moraine is not over yet.
By Peter Gorrie

30 | The Case of the Butterfly
The disappearance of the exquisite Karner blue butterfly signalled significant declines in Ontario’s rare oak savannah habitat. Undaunted, some naturalists believe the brilliantly coloured insect can still make a comeback.
By Peter Christie

34 | The Renegade
Unabashed tree lover Diana Beresford-Kroeger declares that forests hold the key to combating climate change and curing a multitude of ailments including cancer.
By Conor Mihell

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