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Fall migration in Ontario: Test your bird identification skills

ruby throated hummingbird; Credit: Noah Cole

As summer winds to a close, bird migration season begins! Birds will make the long journey from Ontario to their overwintering habitats. 

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Protection for migratory birds must include their habitats

barn swallow; Credit: Noah Cole

barn swallow; Credit: Noah Cole

This year marks two important milestones: Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial, and nature lovers mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA). Enacted in 1917, one year after Canada and the United States signed the Migratory Birds Convention – the first international treaty on wildlife conservation – this important legislation is designed to protect at-risk migratory birds. However, unless the stopover and nesting sites these birds depend on are protected, there will be little to celebrate.

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Birds galore at the St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count


Peninsula Field Naturalists and this wordsmith volunteering at the 2016 St. Catharines Area Christmas Bird Count.

There are more than 100 Christmas Bird Counts in Ontario planned, of which more than 65 are affiliated with our Nature Network groups. This year, because of its diverse overwintering species and diverse habitat, I chose to volunteer and participate in the St. Catharines Area Christmas Bird Count, coordinated by members of the Peninsula Field Naturalists.

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Explore the Sydenham: Test your knowledge of this biological treasure!


The future Sydenham River Nature Reserve is located in Canada’s Carolinian region — one of the most biodiverse regions in Canada. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about this unique property and the surrounding region.

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Debunking Cormorant Myths

Double-crested cormorants, Credit: larry Jordan CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Double-crested cormorants, Credit: Larry Jordan CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

I was very disturbed to learn about a proposed provincial law, Bill 205, which has support from all parties. If passed, the bill will allow the indiscriminate hunting and trapping of double-crested cormorants, lifting their current protection under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1997.

Here are three myths about cormorants that need busting before the government considers passing Bill 205.

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