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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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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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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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