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Your guide to the updated Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app

Credit: Camille Tremblay Beaulieu

Credit: Camille Tremblay Beaulieu

Spring has sprung and wildlife is on the move. While exploring a natural area, you might find a snake crossing the trail, a turtle basking on a log, or frogs calling. Now you can report this sighting to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (ORAA) using our new and improved app! By harnessing the power of citizen science, you can increase the collective knowledge of herpetofauna to inform conservation science.

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At long last, an end to the snapping turtle hunt

Snapping turtle; Credit: Jory Mullen

Credit: Jory Mullen

It has been a long time coming. Alongside our members, supporters, member groups and partners, Ontario Nature spent years trying to convince the Government of Ontario to end the hunting of snapping turtles, a species at risk. And finally, on Friday March 31, the government announced its decision to terminate the hunt. This was the only correct decision in light of irrefutable scientific evidence that snapping turtles cannot be sustainably hunted. Taking just one or two adults from a population on a yearly basis will lead to decline.

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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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Top 5 reasons to end the snapping turtle hunt

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Well, here we are again, still talking about hunting snapping turtles, despite all the evidence. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing a new policy to limit yet continue the hunting of snapping turtles. This compromise response to the widespread, scientifically supported call to end the hunt is simply not appropriate. Here’s why:

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The year ahead

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Sleuthing for salamanders in 2015

We had a banner year for nature in 2015 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 planned for 2016.

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