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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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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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Driven to endangerment or en route to recovery?

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The car is a marvellous machine. With a turn of the key and a tank full of gas, it offers freedom and convenience. In our ever-increasing desire to move from one place to another, we have constructed an impressive network of roads. This is especially true in southern Ontario, as James and Jacqueline point out in “Helping turtles not cross the road.” 

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Early Spring Birding in Ontario: Tundra swans, sandhill cranes and osprey

tundra swans and red-winged blackbirds,  Long Point World Biosphere Reserve , Port Rowan

tundra swans and red-winged blackbirds, Long Point World Biosphere Reserve , Port Rowan

As our cold long winter finally came to an end, the bird sounds outside my window enticed me to get outside and observe the early spring migration.

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The pursuit of rattlesnakes

Jenna and Kirstin at the Petrel Point Nature Reserve

Jenna and Kirstin at the Petrel Point Nature Reserve

This summer, my team and I met with landowners, cottagers and visitors on the Bruce to dispel myths about the maligned Massasauga rattlesnake. We didn’t expect people to fall in love with rattlers, but we hoped they would come to appreciate and help protect them. After all, rattlers are as much a part of the Bruce as the limestone cliffs, sandy beaches and wild orchids.

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