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Tag: watersheds

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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Municipal politics all wet when it comes to wetlands

Credit: Tim Hagen

Credit: Tim Hagen

It seems like wetlands still can’t get any respect from many municipal politicians in Southern Ontario. A case in point: The Town of Georgina in York Region is bending over backward to ensure 30-year-old development approvals for a mobile home park that would destroy a provincially significant wetland are not extinguished.

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Greenbelt hanging in the balance

Add your voice to grow the Greenbelt and stop decades-old sprawl

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Now is our final chance to tell the Ontario government to take the lead to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Important decisions will be made in the coming months. Add your voice by telling the government you want a stronger landscape, stronger laws and a stronger legacy for this region.

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Remembering a buried river


Re: “A river runs through it” in ON Nature, fall 2014

When I was taking night courses at the University of Toronto in the early 60s, I took a birding course with Professor Baillie. To get to this and my other courses, I rode the subway from Etobicoke, got off at St. George station, crossed Bloor Street and walked down the Taddle Creek path to campus. Baillie often talked about the buried stream under this path and the fact that birds still used this corridor as a migration route. I have lived near Philadelphia since 1984 and have not visited the Taddle Creek path area since then, but my brother who lives in Toronto tells me that it still exists.

I thoroughly enjoy every issue of ON Nature, and place it in the reading lounge of the seniors’ residence where I live. There are a couple of other Canadians who live here and who enjoy the magazine as much as I do.

Sylvia Parker, Philadelphia


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