5 | View from Locke House
Big, black birds: Why do we like some animals and not others?
By Nancy Clark

8 | Earth Watch
Teenagers can take action; giant swallowtails overwinter in Niagara; salamanders count on trees; the dirt on road salt; saving the Carden Alvar; province may loosen logging rules; builder makes way for toads; ATV access denied.

15 | The Seasoned Pro
High school teacher John Burton recruits 12th graders to the green cause.
By Sharon Oosthoek

34 | Field Trip
Winter finch: Where the crossbills, finches and grosbeaks will be.
By Nancy Clark

37 | Day One
Winter camping in style: Be close to nature, but not cold and wet. Rent a yurt!
By Audrey Armstrong

40 | FON Report
Nature Network Grant program; introducing new FON staff; report on local clubs’ conservation projects.

42 | Endpoint
Does the Niagara need another highway?
By Jason Thorne


18 | Devil Bird?
Double-crested cormorants are hated and blamed for eating too many fish and crowding out heron nests on the Great Lakes. But the scientific evidence is far from conclusive.
By Douglas Hunter

24 | How to Record Birdsong
A beginners guide to capturing the sweet sounds of nature.
By John Neville

On the cover
28 | The Great Winter Woods Quiz
Test your knowledge of animal signs and activities in winter. Enter our contest and win cool prizes!

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2002 cover

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