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Natural invaders

Natural invaders

Non-native plants can be an eco-catastrophe, degrading sensitive habitats and diminishing biodiversity. Where and how to draw the battle lines in the fight against alien species is now a topic of heated debate. By Lorraine Johnson

Endangered ecosystem: Carolinian zone

Endangered ecosystem: Carolinian zone

by Lorraine Johnson Botanists have wrangled over its proper name for more than a century. Scientists still debate its boundaries. But in the 23 years since Ontario Nature first published a special issue of this magazine (then called Seasons) devoted to Carolinian Canada, the unique nature of this region has been celebrated by naturalists and […]

A garden of rarities

A garden of rarities

The Ojibway Prairie Complex is the largest protected tallgrass habitat left in the province. Now the cornucopia of rare flora and fauna that depends on the prairie is threatened by a multi-million-dollar bridge project by Lorraine Johnson Alan McKinnon guides me along a muddy trail leading to the Detroit River, reminiscing about a childhood spent […]