DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue A time of rejuvenation. By Caroline Schultz 6 | Earth Watch A guide to spiders, counting reptile roadkill, reducing bird strikes, partnership for pollinators, Indigenous perspectives on conservation offsets. 35 | Our Member Groups A golden jubilee. By Lisa Richardson 36 | Our Community Sydenham River joins Ontario Nature’s nature […]
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Spiders live among us in almost every conceivable habitat. Their ecological role, one that benefits us, is as the ultimate predators of insects. They pursue this role with instinctive dedication. More than 800 species of spiders in Ontario, very few of which are dangerous to people, yet almost a third of Canadians are afraid of spiders. Learning about these creatures helps mitigate that fear.
Spiders play a key role in the food web and are an important food source for other animals including songbirds, fish and salamanders. In Ontario, the best time for observing spiders is from late spring to early fall.
DEPARTMENTS 5 | This Issue Sneak Preview: The state of Ontario’s birds. By Victoria Foote 8 | Earth Watch Spectacular coastline to be protected; driving through the forest; peregrine falcons face new threat; house cats threaten birds; Ontario Nature’s Eco-Tour. 16 | Profile Environmental crusader Kaid Benfield marries green buildings to smart design and an […]
DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page Land trusts taking off in Ontario. By Adam Thomson 7 | Earth Watch Municipal power shift weakens natural heritage policy; call for changes to Ontario’s weed act; anarchy over wetlands policy implementation; MNR takes further steps to protect old growth; unhappy trails: snowmobiles changing face of rural Ontario; Wabakimi’s fate […]
DEPARTMENTS 2 | President’s Page By Robert B. Stewart 4 | Earth Watch Highway 89: Keswick Marsh to be degraded to save 13 minutes’ travel time; Niagara Escarpment Commission decision flouts approved Escarpment Plan; no new parks of policies for parks centennial; Environmental Defense Fund launched. 10 | Notes Updates on environmental, wetlands and education […]
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