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Category: Nature Reserves (Page 1 of 6)

Choose Your Own Adventure: Exploring Ontario Nature’s Nature Reserves

Sydenham River Nature Reserve; Credit: Smera Sukumar

Ontario Nature’s >25 nature reserves have a lot to offer explorers in southern and eastern Ontario. I’ve crafted the following dichotomous key (a field guide tool that helps identify unknown organisms) to help you decide which of our nature reserves to visit this summer.

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Under the Canopy: Bioblitzing at the Sydenham River Nature Reserve

Over two kilometres of the Sydenham River winds through the Ontario Nature property; Credit: David Coulson

The Sydenham River Nature Reserve is Ontario Nature’s first riverine reserve. Acquired in December 2016, the property is located within the Carolinian Life Zone that stretches from Windsor to Toronto. It is an area that includes some of the most significant habitats and threatened plant and animal species in Ontario.

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Cleaning up the Bruce Peninsula shoreline

Credit: Smera Sukumar

Credit: Smera Sukumar

On a pleasantly windy day on the north Bruce Peninsula, volunteers and conservation staff gathered at Baptist Harbour Nature Reserve to clean up the shoreline. With water lapping at the dolostone, shorebirds flying overhead and the orange cedars surrounding us, we explored the property in search of washed up garbage and evidence of dumping.

Baptist Harbour Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife,

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Removing Plant Invaders!

One challenge every land trust faces is managing invasive species. Invasive plants and wildlife are often accidentally brought to Ontario from other parts of the world and, in the absence of natural predators and competitors, crowd out native species. Some familiar invaders include dog-strangling vine, emerald ash borer and garlic mustard.

Credit: Smera Sukumar

Credit: Smera Sukumar

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Tracking pollinators and salamanders

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The sky was suspiciously grey, but no rain drops were falling as participant’s gathered at Ontario Nature’s Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve.

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