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Northern Forest Foraging Guide

Northern Forest Foraging Guide

Ontario’s forests, meadows and waters provide an incredible range of nutritious and delicious edible wild plants. Ontario Nature has prepared this foraging guide as an introduction to this local resource, and to encourage people to get outside and experience the wonders the natural world provides.

The trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and fungi listed in this guide are a sample of some of the abundant local species that can be harvested sustainably, though there are many other wild edibles to explore. The guide is intended to be a starting point for people interested in foraging for edible wild plants and should not be considered to be a definitive resource for their identification and use.

Basic Rules for Harvesting Edible Wild Plants
Sustainable Harvesting
Forest Foraging Guide Resources

Trees | Shrubs | Herbaceous Plants | Fungi

Dragonfly and Damselfly Guide

Black-tipped darner dragonfly
Canada Darner
Fawn Darner
Green Darner
Lance-tipped Darner
Shadow Darner
Springtime Darner
Boreal Snaketail
Dusky Clubtail
Lilypad Clubtail
Arrowhead Spiketail
Common Baskettail
Prince Baskettail
Swift River Cruiser
Eastern Pondhawk
Chalk-fronted Corporal
Dot-tailed Whiteface
Widow Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Common Whitetail
White-faced Meadowhawk
Ruby Meadowhawk
Yellow-legged or Autumn Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags
Eastern Amberwing
Halloween Pennant


Ebony Jewelwing
River Jewelwing
American Rubyspot
Emerald Spreadwing
Sweetflag Spreadwing
Slender Spreadwing
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
Blue-fronted Dancer
Variable Dancer
Powdered Dancer
Rainbow Bluet
Tule Bluet
Boreal Bluet
Familiar Bluet
Subarctic Bluet
Marsh Bluet
Stream Bluet
Hagen’s Bluet
Orange Bluet
Eastern Forktail
Sedge Sprite

Butterfly and Moth Guide