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When nature goes silent: the impact of habitat loss in Ontario

Eastern small-mouthed salamander; Scott Gillingwater

Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint habitat loss. Often we can hear the difference. It’s the missing buzz of bees in our gardens. It’s the lack of croaking from our ponds. It’s the absence of bird calls from our skies. When we find that the natural world has gone quiet, we know something is wrong. It’s up to us to make it right.

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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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Mixed results from the Coordinated Review: more needed to protect the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Credit: Jason Kalmbach

Credit: Jason Kalmbach

On May 18th Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, Bill Mauro, released the newly updated Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan).

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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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