4 | President’s Page
How this Naturalist got hooked for life.
By Mary E. Smith

7 | Earth Watch
Review of Escarpment plan: what’s it all about?; timber demands violate integrity of Missinaibi Park; natives seek strong voice in plan for Polar Bear Park; park to provide gravel for road?; getting the goods on Temagami; planning begins for Blackstone Harbour; greenlands strategy lacks strong recommendations; O.M.B. turns greener; Grier gets tough on pop containers; Driftwood Park; Hamilton club starts inventory.

41 | Notes
FON’s membership list; Mammal Atlas off and running; survey of duck nest boxes.

44 | Birder’s Notebook
When the cupboard is bare: winter irruptions.
By Alex Mills

46 | Groundswell
Hearing examines clear-cuts and whole tree harvesting.
By Marion (Strebig) Taylor


16 | Trekking the Turtle
A winter odyssey: exploring the contentious Turtle River Waterway Park by dog sled.
By Thom Costea

On the cover
20 | Another Flying Squirrel Story
One way to study an elusive animal is to talk to people—birders, trappers, cottagers—who inadvertently encounter it.
By Mark Stabb

26 | The Chase
A naturalist finds himself in the middle—quite literally—of a struggle between predator and prey.
By Rolf Kraiker

29 | Taking Stock
In an innovative project, Muskoka is conducting an inventory of its special heritage.
By Marion (Strebig) Taylor

32 | Winter harbour
It takes ice to bring in the white-winged gulls. For me, winter is not winter without them.
By Stan Long

ON Nature Magazine Winter 1990 cover

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