Wildlife Blog

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Contaminated soil on moraine

Oak Ridges Moraine Credit: Peter Pomykacz

This blog is the part of a series that celebrates the Oak Ridges Moraine and engages readers in the review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Learn more about the moraine and plan review by visiting marvellousmoraine.ca.

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Waterfowl struggle with cold


Lydia Dotto

The brutal winter weather in 2014 and 2015 has taken a toll on overwintering waterfowl along Lake Ontario. Cold temperature records were set in southern Ontario in February 2015 and there was a significant freeze-over of the lake, making it very difficult for birds to find food.

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The beauty of winter birding

Snowy owl credit Ashley Hockenberry

Winter and birding seem like an unlikely pair. “What is there to see in the winter?” people often ask.

The truth is that winter in southern Ontario offers some extravagant avian rewards. What better remedy is there for the winter blues than the sight of a bufflehead gliding across frigid Lake Ontario and flaunting his iridescent plumage?

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Herping in December

Green frog Peter Ferguson

On December 14th of last year, with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees Celsius, my friend Jon and I participated in the Minden Christmas Bird Count in Haliburton County.

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Greenbelt town hall meeting

Old apple tree on her family's property reminds Sarah Bale of the Greenbelt's rich agricultural heritage.

On January 28th, as I was driving north from Pickering to Brougham for a town hall meeting hosted by the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance and Land over Landings, I passed by subdivision development south of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine boundaries.

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