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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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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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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.

To celebrate the International Day of Forests (March 21, 2017), I’m sharing some of the things I’ve learned about forests, both as a student and as a naturalist:

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Stand up for the Greenbelt and stop sprawl for good!

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An aerial perspective overlooking the Oak Ridges Moraine, Credit: Bill Lishman

Sign the Petition

Decisions on the future of the Greenbelt are about to be made

The Premier and Cabinet are about to make final decisions on the updated Oak Ridges Moraine, Greenbelt, Niagara Escarpment and Growth Plans. They have a big choice to make: protect water sources, sensitive natural areas, and farmland in and around the Greenbelt or allow developers to pave over these areas for years to come.

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Expanding and improving habitat along Bauman Creek: a cold-water stream restoration story

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The channelized portion of Bauman Creek immediately downstream of Blair Road in Cambridge, where the water first enters Blair Flats. Credit: J. McDonald

With the support of the Loblaw Water Fund, rare undertook a restoration of Bauman Creek, a cold water stream located on rare property.

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