Tim Tiner Hidden within the remnants of the Carolinian forest, Short Hills Provincial Park is a neglected gem. In the first grey light of an overcast morning, the sweeping vista of deep, wooded valleys and hilltop meadows seen from the Bruce Trail in Short Hills Provincial Park is sombre and muted. Although […]
By Tim Tiner Few things are as welcome or longed for as the first signs of spring. They often come unexpectedly, in the surprise visit of a newly returned bird at a feeder, a buzzing bee on a warm day or the chorus of frogs rising from the background of ambient noise. Before long, spring […]
The triple threat of severe habitat loss, climate change and pollution has caused a precipitous drop in these sublimely coloured birds across North America. By Tim Tiner The muskeg-nesting rusty blackbird may be the most sharply declining land bird in North America. On its wintering grounds in the swamps and bottomland woods of the southern […]
One of the world’s last, great, intact forests, the northern boreal contains rare species, ancient trees and billions of songbirds. But it is threatened by logging, mining, hydro projects and other industry interests. Can we save this precious wilderness? By Tim Tiner Larger than the Amazon rain forest, the great North American boreal forest (more […]
The grasslands and savannahs of Walpole Island support what may be the last, viable, native population of this pint-sized wildfowl. By Tim Tiner Indigenous to Ontario’s nearly disappeared tallgrass prairie and savannah, the northern bobwhite highlights the plight of many imperilled grassland birds. The pint-sized wildfowl, which in Canada is found only in southwestern Ontario, […]
Wind turbines and disease are taking a toll on bat populations here and south of the border. Can a combination of innovative solutions bring these nocturnal mammals back from the brink?
By Tim Tiner
First identified less than two centuries ago, North America’s rarest warbler makes an impressive comeback. By Tim Tiner Among species at risk, North America’s rarest warbler provides one of the few good-news stories. Brought back from the brink of extinction on its tiny Michigan breeding range, the tame, effusive, tail-bobbing Kirtland’s warbler has […]
Often heard but seldom seen, this enigmatic insectivore has undergone a rapid population drop across Canada. Researchers are now turning to new survey methods to help save a poorly understood species. By Tim Tiner The whip-poor-will’s loud, ringing call – a fabled, disembodied “voice in the night woods” (in the words of naturalist Roger Tory […]
A once familiar urban dweller, Ontario’s latest official bird at risk is in free fall and global warming may be the key cause. By Tim Tiner Unlike most imperilled species, Ontario’s newest official bird at risk is a high-flying ace long familiar in the cities and towns of the province. In September, Queen’s Park […]
by Tim Tiner In the mid-1990s, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) biologist Tim Haxton made a disturbing discovery while doing a survey of snapping turtles in the Haliburton area. Nearly one-third of the 279 turtle sightings he tallied were roadkills. He also encountered hostility toward the ponderous reptile. “It is a big issue up there. […]
by Tim Tiner Long before the autumn equinox occurs and the leaves begin changing colour, fall migration is well underway among Ontario’s birds. In fact, the first restless, Arctic-nesting shorebirds usually pass south through Ontario in the latter half of June. Unlike the northward race to nesting grounds in spring, the parade of return migrants […]
Unchecked deforestation throughout its Central and South American wintering grounds is the single greatest threat to the survival of this diminutive songbird. by Tim Tiner Deep within the largest stands of Ontario’s Carolinian forest, at the buggy bottoms of steep, hemlock-shrouded ravines and the inner reaches of tall-treed swamps, lies the domain of the Acadian […]
The province is poised to build a highway that will arc across the Niagara Peninsula, threatening farm lands, headwaters, wetlands and wildlife with car-oriented sprawl. Now a determined coalition of conservation and citizens groups is fighting back, demanding that the government honour its pledges to combat the causes of climate change by Tim Tiner Environmental […]
This mysterious little raptor must contend with multiple threats to its survival including the absence of a recovery plan to help stabilize its populations by Tim Tiner Quiet, secretive and increasingly rare, the short-eared owl is an enigmatic, ground-nesting seeker of expansive open spaces. A bird that travels widely, it can be found on every […]
Tucked into the marshlands of southwestern Ontario, this secretive wading bird is nearly impossible to detect
These high-priority species will be fast-tracked for protection using new regulations that will set the provincial standard for endangered wildlife conservation
by Tim Tiner
In May 2007, Ontario Nature’s efforts, made in concert with other conservation groups as part of the Save Ontario’s Species coalition, were rewarded by a hard-won piece of legislation: a new Endangered Species Act (ESA).
In one of the province’s longest running environmental battles, activists and residents of Tiny Township are waging a last-ditch effort to stop a municipal landfill from being dug on top of an aquifer described as one of the purest sources of water on earth.
Although not yet listed as an at-risk species in Ontario, the country’s namesake warbler is one of the continent’s fastest dwindling migratory songbirds by Tim Tiner It is a painful irony that one of the newest additions to Canadas list of species at risk is the countrys namesake warbler. A prolonged slide in population has […]