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Which wild pollinators are in decline and why?

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There are 1,000s of wild pollinators in Ontario. Bees and flies are most significant, but butterflies, beetles, wasps, ants, moths and hummingbirds also pollinate plants. It is important to keep this in mind when reading about pollinator decline, which has been a hot news topic for many years.

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Do invasive plants impact ecosystem services?

Dog-strangling vine Credit: Noah Cole

Dog-strangling vine Credit: Noah Cole

In the Cadotte Lab at the University of Toronto – Scarborough, we examine the causes and consequences of invasion success, biodiversity loss and changes in ecosystem services in Toronto’s Rouge Park, which is currently transitioning into Canada’s first National Urban Park.

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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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