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 is on the line; more controversy over protection of Megisan Lake; premier park comes second in timber plan; indications, but no indicators, of sustainability, roadless areas workshop to drive policy.
39 | Notes
Reserve doubles in size; staff & program changes; Kodak sponsors contest; effort launched to conserve the Trent-Severn.
44 | Birder’s Notebook
In search of overwintering bald eagles.
By Tim Tiner
46 | Groundswell
Wabakimi: Bigger and better forever?
By Marion Taylor
On the cover
16 | Fashionable Silk
As master weavers, spiders use silk for everything from swaddling to parachutes, and food wrap to mating aids.
By Dan Schneider
22 | The Art of Seeing
How can you improve your observation skills in the field? Some advice from top naturalists.
By Brad Cundiff
26 | Gems of Grey County
Grab your hiking boots or skis and hit the trails at Feversham Gorge, Kolapore Uplands, and Duncan Crevice Caves Park.
By Lorraine Brown
28 | Home on the Range
Termites are admirable creatures – except to the tens of thousands of Ontarians whose homes they are devouring.
By Margaret Carney
Photos © Tony Beck, Dwight R. Kuhn