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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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Tick talk: how to stay tick-free this summer

Credit: AFPMB; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hiking and camping season has arrived and with it, ticks. Here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself from ticks when you’re outdoors this summer.

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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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Disconnecting From Technology


Credit: Victoria Shi

As a Grade 11 student, I see the major impact that technology has on my generation. Technology has allowed communication to become easier, but I realize that at times, many teens overuse it. This results in a disconnection with the world around them and a lack of desire to go outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature around us.

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Hike for health and happiness

Thornton Bales, Photo by Kavita Dogra

Thornton Bales, photo by Kavita Dogra

We all lead busy lives and it feels like there is never enough time to get outside and enjoy nature. More often than not, I fall into this category. And in the little spare time I have, I am often buried in a list of chores. But over the Thanksgiving long weekend, I decided it was time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colours. Sunshine, fresh air and a canopy of orange, red and yellow – nature did not disappoint.

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