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Ontario Nature’s Summer Insect Photo Contest

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The long hot days of summer are here and so is Ontario Nature’s insect photo contest!

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New Caledon hiking guide – a labour of love

"Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes" author stops for a coffee while hiking in Caledon.

“Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes” author stops for a coffee while hiking in Caledon.

My partner Alex isn’t much into birthdays. So two years ago, it came as a big surprise when, with a wry grin, he dropped the biggest birthday gift ever on my proverbial lap. It wasn’t jewelry or a car or a luxury vacation. Instead, what Alex gave me was part promise and part challenge.

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Message in a bottle

Writer and colleague discovering a message in a bottle at Quarry Bay Nature Reserve.

Writer and colleague discovering a message in a bottle at Quarry Bay Nature Reserve.

Have you ever imagined walking along a beach and discovering a message in a bottle? I have, and that is exactly what happened to me and my Ontario Nature colleague Erin earlier this month at Quarry Bay Nature Reserve on Manitoulin Island.

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Stopping the invasion

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Round goby Photo Courtesy Flickr; CC 2.0; Credit: Matthew Forte via Ohio Sea Grant

Nearly two centuries ago, non-native aquatic species began their invasion of the Great Lakes, travelling within the ballast stones and ballast water of large ships.

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A wild trip

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In early June, singer-songwriter Peirson Ross debuted his new album of atmospheric folk music in a crowded burlesque bar on Toronto’s trendy Ossington strip.

Strings of Christmas lights and a disco ball added lighting effects from the ceiling. For most of the next month, he would trade up for overhead stars and northern lights while touring his album by canoe across Ontario.

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