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The house that Bill built

The house that Bill built

Fourteen years ago, William Kemp went off grid, turning his home into a model of energy efficiency without losing any of the creature comforts. His books explain how you, too, can shrink your power-hungry footprint By Peter Christie Suspended by great latticed metal towers, transmission wires stretch across William Kemp’s view of the wilderness in […]

Secret Worlds

Secret Worlds

Intrepid conservation staff poke into the earth’s nooks and crannies in search of salamanders, frogs, turtles and other rarities. Welcome to the making of Ontario Nature’s Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.
By Peter Christie

The tiny hunter

The tiny hunter

Inspired by the joy of biodiversity, a pioneering scientist discovered the rapids clubtail along the rivers of southern Ontario. Today, the species is the first of Edmund Murton Walker’s beloved dragonflies to be declared endangered. By Peter Christie

The birder’s bible

The birder’s bible

The results from Ontario’s second breeding bird atlas are in, revealing a number of unexpected population trends and offering a tantalizing glimpse into the precarious world of birds by Peter Christie On a bright day in early June, Dave Martin descended into the Rush Creek ravine for the first time. The ravine, not far from […]