A Taste of Nature

Wild Greens Pesto Pizza, CREDIT: Mallory Vanier
Wild Greens Pesto Pizza, CREDIT: Mallory Vanier

Most of us have experienced forest foods, whether we’ve collected fiddleheads or picked wild raspberries as a trailside snack. Ontario Nature’s recent “Foraging Week” events in Thunder Bay expanded on these experiences, showing participants how easy it is to find and use wild foods from our northern forests. As one Indigenous blueberry picker told us, “If it’s good for the bears, it’s good for us!” Continue reading “A Taste of Nature”

Betrayed! Ontario unravels protections for species at risk

American badger, Credit: Bethany Weeks CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
American badger, Credit: Bethany Weeks CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Part 1 of a 3 part blog series about the Province’s failure to uphold strong protections for our most vulnerable plants and animals.

I came back from vacation in mid-August to face a nasty surprise on the Environmental Registry: a government proposal to strip nine species at risk of their core legal protections under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). If the provincial government proceeds as planned, these species and their habitats will no longer be protected from harm associated with forestry, mining exploration, energy development, residential and commercial development, and more. Continue reading “Betrayed! Ontario unravels protections for species at risk”

Farewell Field Season!

Fen at H.N. Crossley Nature Reserve, CREDIT: Smera Sukumar
Fen at H.N. Crossley Nature Reserve, CREDIT: Smera Sukumar

The perk of being in conservation is the amount of time I spend outdoors. I had the pleasure of visiting 15 of Ontario Nature’s 25 nature reserves this summer. These pockets of wilderness across Ontario are special habitats that we manage and protect. Conservation staff hosted 12 events on our nature reserves, reaching over 300 people! Continue reading “Farewell Field Season!”

Planting for the future

Willoughby Nature Reserve, Credit: Ontario Nature
Willoughby Nature Reserve, Credit: Ontario Nature

On August 19th, I joined a group that was setting off on a tree-planting mission at Ontario Nature’s Willoughby Nature Reserve, near Caledon. Armed with shovels and enthusiasm, we were determined to plant 220 trees in just five hours. Continue reading “Planting for the future”