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Planting for the future

Willoughby Nature Reserve, Credit: Ontario Nature

Willoughby Nature Reserve, Credit: Ontario Nature

On August 19th, I joined a group that was setting off on a tree-planting mission at Ontario Nature’s Willoughby Nature Reserve, near Caledon. Armed with shovels and enthusiasm, we were determined to plant 220 trees in just five hours.

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The moraine’s marvellous seasons

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A black-capped chickadee perches on maple boughs, above the Oak Ridges Moraine’s mature pines at the Rice Lake Conservation Area.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is a fantastic place to explore in every season. With more than 50 parks, trails and protected areas across the moraine there are plenty of places to find serenity, explore and observe nature. More than 1,200 animal and plant species can be found on the Oak Ridges Moraine, including more than 75 species-at-risk.

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More than pollinators and dragonflies at Nature Reserves

great spangled fritillary butterfly, Lost Bay Nature Reserve, credit: Noah Cole

great spangled fritillary butterfly, Lost Bay Nature Reserve, credit: Noah Cole

Ontario Nature’s 24 nature reserves are teeming with life. Along with the many common species, about one-fifth of Ontario’s more than 200 species at risk are found on the reserves. This past spring and summer, I visited a few of the reserves and saw songbirds, butterflies, wildflowers, dragonflies, and many other plants and animals. Here are a few of my favourites.

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