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Keeping caribou in Ontario

boreal caribou, Credit: Bubba55 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Eco terrorist.” “Environmental extremist.” “Latte-sucking, SUV-driving, Toronto tree-hugger.” My colleagues and I have been called many names for advocating for the conservation of caribou. When you live in part of Ontario’s remaining logging empire, as I do, talking about protecting caribou habitat can be like kicking a hornet’s nest.

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Top 10 reasons for protected areas

Credit: Christopher Woo; CC BY 2.0

In 2010, Canada and the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed to protecting at least 17 per cent of the world’s lands and inland waters by 2020. With the percentage of protected areas in Ontario currently at just over 10 percent, it’s time for an all-out effort to meet the target. Here’s why:

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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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Flitter, flutter, here come the butterflies of spring and summer!

mourning cloak; Credit: Jenna Siu

As I walked through the forest on a warm spring afternoon, I saw a dark creature flutter by. It was a mourning cloak butterfly! As I looked around, I saw more butterflies. A skittish eastern comma was feeding on sap from a sugar maple, while another sunned itself on the ground below the leafless canopy. My first butterfly sightings of 2017!

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Ontario Nature’s 86th Annual Gathering – All Creatures Great & Small

Ontario Nature 2016 Conservation Awards recipients group photo, Credit: Noah Cole

Ontario Nature held our 86th Annual Gathering, All Creatures Great & Small, June 2 – 4 at Kempenfelt Conference Centre along Lake Simcoe. Thank you very much for joining us for a weekend to celebrate another year of protecting wild species and wild spaces in Ontario.

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