“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead In the spring 2014 issue of ON Nature magazine, Tanya Pulfer wrote an article about 30 years of herp atlassing in Ontario. Limited by the short length of her article, Pulfer […]
By John Urquhart With its large shell – up to 47 centimetres in length – and the series of triangular spikes lining its tail, the snapping turtle looks prehistoric, and it is. Sadly, Ontario’s biggest and longest-lived turtle – estimates based on size and growth rates suggest snapping turtles could live to be over 150 […]
By John Urquhart Ontario Nature’s conservation staff is back in the field! We are continuing our research on reptiles and amphibians as we work toward the completion of the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. One of the unique aspects of the atlas is the opportunity it provides for citizen scientists. Anyone can contribute valuable data […]
By John Urquhart Ontario Nature supports 22 unique nature reserves across southern and eastern Ontario that together protect more than 2,250 hectares of ecologically sensitive land. One of the gems is the Lost Bay Nature Reserve, which includes the beautiful shoreline of Gananoque Lake, areas of mature forest and a provincially significant wetland.
John Urquhart The familiar, high-pitched “peep peep” of the spring peeper is one of the first sounds of the season, a signal that plant and animal life is emerging from its winter dormancy. No fewer than 13 species of frogs and toads in Ontario can be heard calling from late March until August. Nearly 50 […]