5 | This Issue
Moving Day: Ontario Nature takes it downtown.
By Victoria Foote

7 | In The Mail
Fine dining.

8 | Earth Watch
The fantastic migration; deep cuts to Ontario Parks’ budget; First Nations block mining exploration.

15 | Profile
The Numbers Guy: Environmental activist and city councillor Allan Algar has mastered a rare skill; saving habitats without spending a cent.
By Bruce Gillespie

38 | Urban Nature
City Birds: Some adapt surprising well – like the peregrine falcons nesting in Toronto’s skyscrapers. But for most birds, the concrete jungle is a dangerous place.
By Ted Cheskey

40 | Field Trip
Weasels: A guide to the elusive mustelids.
By Dan Schneider and Peter Paulter

46 | Inside Ontario Nature
Spotlight on the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists; Dianne Slyford.

50 | Last Word
Small is Beautiful: How green is Ontario’s new building code if we can still build monster homes in sprawling communities?
By Lloyd Alter


18 | The Ghost Cat
The legendary eastern cougar is supposed to be locally extinct yet a recent increase in cougar sightings suggests otherwise. Has the cat come back?
By Douglas Hunter

On the cover
24 | The Fight for the Forest
Logging, mining and development threaten the home of the great grey owl, the iconic woodland caribou, and billions of songbirds. Can we save the great boreal forest?
By Tim Tiner

32 | Troubled Waters
Alarming new research indicates that a common species of waterfowl called scaup is being poisoned while feeding along the lower Great Lakes.
By Megan Ogilvie

ON Nature Magazine Winter 2006 cover

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