Many birds migrate at night, guided by the stars and constellations. In Toronto, as in other North American cities, migrating birds are attracted to the lights left on overnight in downtown buildings. This often results in deadly collisions.
In one month last fall, I heard the heartbreaking thud of six birds hitting windows at my home. I care about birds, so I decided to do something.
The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) estimates that 100 million to 1 billion North American birds are killed annually in collisions with windows. Residential homes are the biggest hazard. They kill or injure more songbirds than all other buildings combined.
Since 1961, we’ve been protecting significant natural areas in Ontario within our nature reserve system. With 24 properties totalling 6,890 acres, the system preserves some of the province’s best remaining examples of imperilled and vulnerable habitats. This year, we’re focused on saving another spectacular piece of land that will become Ontario Nature’s first riverine nature reserve!
Snapping turtles are easy to recognize. They have a spiky tail like a little stegosaurus, and always fascinated me as a child. So I was troubled to learn that anyone with a fishing license can hunt them in Ontario. The federal government’s proposed new management plan for snapping turtles is an opportunity to finally ban the snapping turtle hunt, but so far it has come up short.