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Fall migration in Ontario: Test your bird identification skills

ruby throated hummingbird; Credit: Noah Cole

As summer winds to a close, bird migration season begins! Birds will make the long journey from Ontario to their overwintering habitats. 

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The importance of community voices in natural heritage systems planning

Credit: Deb Fraser; c/o EcoSpark

Currently, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is seeking feedback on how it will develop a natural heritage system for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). If we want clean air, clean water and a rich diversity of plant and animal life to sustain present and future generations, we need a strong natural heritage system that is created through thoughtful and meaningful community engagement.

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The wild, weird world of mussels

Credit: Stephanie Muckle

Credit: Stephanie Muckle

Wartyback, snuffbox, round pigtoe, pocketbook … no, we haven’t gone crazy. These are just a few of the 41 wild and weird freshwater mussel species found in Ontario.

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What will the future hold for Ontario’s wetlands?

Credit: Rusty Clark; CC BY 2.0

On July 20th, the Government of Ontario released, A Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario, 2017 – 2030, setting the stage for an all-hands-on-deck approach to reversing the ongoing trend of wetland loss.

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Ontario’s problem pigs

A drove of feral hogs in Texas

A drove of feral hogs in Texas, Credit: Josh Henderson CC BY 2.0

Sightings of free-roaming feral swine in Ontario have risen in recent years despite the animals’ tendency to travel at dawn, dusk and night. Some of these sightings have been made near Ottawa and Kingston. Diane Saxe, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, has said that feral hogs are heading north from the United States into eastern Ontario.

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