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What’s a gardener to do?

Bumble bee and honey bee on butterfly milkweed. Credit: Martin LaBar

Bumblebee and honey bee on butterfly milkweed. Credit: Martin LaBar

Much of the discussion around neonicotinoids focuses on agriculture, but the horticulture industry also uses these chemicals. In a 2014 Friends of the Earth study of flowers for sale at garden centres in Canada, more than 50 percent of the tested plants contained traces of at least one neonicotinoid. Most shocking was that many of these contaminated plants were labelled “bee-friendly”.

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The moraine’s marvellous seasons


A black-capped chickadee perches on maple boughs, above the Oak Ridges Moraine’s mature pines at the Rice Lake Conservation Area.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is a fantastic place to explore in every season. With more than 50 parks, trails and protected areas across the moraine there are plenty of places to find serenity, explore and observe nature. More than 1,200 animal and plant species can be found on the Oak Ridges Moraine, including more than 75 species-at-risk.

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New blog series

conservation_FinalWelcome to Ontario Nature’s new blog series – Conservation science at your doorstep.

The word science means different things to different people. Some people picture lab coats and test tubes, while others think of telescopes or dissection kits. Science does sometimes involve these things, but science is really a set of basic principles that can be applied to any question. 

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Helping turtles not cross the road

conservation_FinalSlow-moving turtles are some of the most threatened wildlife in the province. Seven of Ontario’s eight species are at-risk, in large part due to roadkill. Most of the turtles found dead and injured on roads are females in search of nesting sites.

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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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