5 | This Issue
New Arrivals: Are all invasive species bad all the time?
By Victoria Foote

8 | Earth Watch
Saving our sand dunes; bird watching in the boreal forest; clotheslines in your neighbourhood.

15 | Profile
Bearing Witness: Brian McHattie watches unhappily as Hamilton proceeds with its expressway through Red Hill Valley.
By Krista Foss

36 | Urban Nature
The Green House: How to reduce your ecological footprint without leaving your home.
By Kevin Black

On the cover
38 | Field Trip
The Wild Ones: Ontario’s Dogs and Cats.
By Dan Schneider

44 | Inside Ontario Nature
Upcoming AGM will be one to remember; Jean Labrecque celebrates 25 years with Ontario Nature.

46 | Last Word
Unfair Trade: Our global economy brings us cheap products and a host of invasive species.
By Jerry DeMarco


18 | Where the Waters Divide
The Walpole Island First Nation must contend with chemical spills, development and the erosion of traditional ways. Even so, the community has preserved some of Ontario’s rarest species of flora and fauna.
By Sharon Oosthoek

22 | Us Versus Them
The odds are stacked against nature advocates when pleading their cases before the Ontario Municipal Board. Just what does an environmentalist have to do to win around here?
By Linda Pim

28 | Motion Detector
Professor Barrie Frost has spent a career studying how the brain perceives movement. Along the way he put butterflies into flight simulators and invented a flirtatious virtual pigeon.
By Peter Christie

32 | Killarney Dreaming
Forgot long, hot portages and ravenous blackflies. The best time to go camping is in the winter.
By Kevin Callan

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2004 cover

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