Saving the shrike: a photo essay by Lydia Dotto

I frequently visit the Carden Plain Important Bird Area in the Kawarthas to photograph the many birds that pass through there during spring and fall migration. Having read that it was difficult to photograph the eastern loggerhead shrike – a critically endangered species in Canada – I was intrigued by a captive breeding and release program taking place in the area.

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Interesting Insects: a photo journal by Matt Jenkins

Photography has always been a passion of mine. At first, I was interested only in macro photography, but soon enough I began challenging myself to look at the big picture and shoot landscapes. Now I enjoy capturing all types of images. Continue reading

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More than pollinators and dragonflies at Nature Reserves

great spangled fritillary butterfly, Lost Bay Nature Reserve, credit: Noah Cole

great spangled fritillary butterfly, Lost Bay Nature Reserve, credit: Noah Cole

Ontario Nature’s 24 nature reserves are teeming with life. Along with the many common species, about one-fifth of Ontario’s more than 200 species at risk are found on the reserves. This past spring and summer, I visited a few of the reserves and saw songbirds, butterflies, wildflowers, dragonflies, and many other plants and animals. Here are a few of my favourites. Continue reading

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Let your voice bee heard

Bumble bee and honey bee butterfly milkweed Credit: Martin LaBar

Bumble bee and honey bee butterfly milkweed Credit: Martin LaBar

I admit it. The possibility of a bee sting made me uneasy, and I more than likely mixed up a bee and a wasp mid-swat. I certainly didn’t think much about the honey or wild native bees’ ongoing survival. There are millions of them out there, right?

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ALUS tour features projects new and old

Wetland at Van Til Farm

Wetland at Van Til Farm

Many of us know that when farmers and conservationists work together, both agriculture and nature benefit. But how many of us have seen this in action? I became one of the fortunate few when I attended the 9th annual Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) farm tour in Norfolk County. Continue reading

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Ode to Ontario Nature

Modelling Ontario Nature gear with coworker, Maggie Janik.

Modelling Ontario Nature gear with coworker, Maggie Janik.

Even though a grand adventure was on the horizon, I dreaded leaving Ontario Nature last month. On my last day, I was sappy one moment, numb the next.

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Conservation on the farm

Adrian Op’thoog and children on their farm near Feversham.

Adrian Op’thoog and children on their farm near Feversham.

As an Ontario Nature intern this past summer, I had the opportunity to visit farmers in the ALUS Ontario community of Grey-Bruce, one of four such communities in Ontario. ALUS is short for Alternative Land Use Services, which is a community-developed, farmer-delivered program that supports the enhancement and maintenance of nature’s benefits on farms. Continue reading

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Strong evidence on neonics demands action despite ongoing debate

Bumble bee on purple coneflower by Matt Jenkins.

Bumble bee on purple coneflower by Matt Jenkins.

I am sipping coffee and munching an apple as I write this blog. To enjoy such daily pleasures, we rely on pollinators.  In fact, about one of every three bites of food we eat depends on insect pollinators. Unfortunately, the populations of insect pollinators like bumblebees and honeybees are declining. Continue reading

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Big Bay Bioblitz – a big success!

Big Bay Bioblitz photo by Jenn Kehoe.

Big Bay Bioblitz photo by Jenn Kehoe.

It was a warm Saturday afternoon in June when we gathered at Keppel Croft Gardens for a 1.5 hour bioblitz focusing on reptiles and amphibians. Our enthusiastic leader was Ontario Nature volunteer Ryan Lauzon, and our gracious hosts were Dawn and Bill, Keppel Croft’s owners. All three are serious nature lovers, and Ryan is particularly enthusiastic about herpetology. Some of the kids in the group had previous herping experience. One boy told the group that he had spotted 17 salamanders at his cottage nearby. Continue reading

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Birding the Carden Alvar

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Golden-winged warbler. Copyright David Cree

You know you have a birding problem when a recurring blue-winged warbler song enters your dream. The problem isn’t so much the song, but the accompanying panic related to an upcoming Carden Alvar trip and your inability to recall the song of the blue-winged warbler’s close relation – the golden-winged warbler. This is the bird you are desperate to hear and see.

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