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It’s cool to be cold: the importance of coldwater streams

Credit: Steven Edwards

The Government of Ontario has identified coldwater streams as a building block for Greenbelt expansion. Here’s why that makes sense.

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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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5 things you may not know about forests

Oak trees in High Park

Oak trees in High Park; Credit: Felipe Villegas

I’ve always been enchanted by forests: the delicate understory flowers, the smell of decomposing wood, the sound of leaves blowing in the wind—it’s magical! As a child, I spent hours running in the woods, imagining myself as Disney’s Pocahontas, naming my favourite trees and befriending squirrels and chipmunks. After studying forest conservation, my passion has become an academic interest.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned about forests, both as a student and as a naturalist:

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Why I Love Frogs (And You Should, Too)

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A young Emma holding a frog; Photo courtesy of Emma Horrigan

One of my first introductions to nature as a kid was observing tadpoles on the Toronto Islands and catching frogs at the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. No outdoor adventure was complete without looking for and finding frogs.

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The year ahead

Wood turtle

Wood turtle; Credit: David Coulson

We had a banner year for nature thanks to the strong support of our members, sponsors, friends and followers. Now we’re looking ahead! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the work we’ll be doing for nature in 2017.

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