5 |  This Issue
Battling the Bureaucracy: The impenetrable environmental assessment process.
By Caroline Schultz

8 | Earth Watch
New ideas about old-growth forests; kayakers clean up in Georgian Bay; green alternatives to salt; Guelph development encroaches on rare species habitat.

On the cover
28 | Urban Nature
Plan Bee: In the wake of the mysterious honeybee die-off, a renaissance in urban beekeeping has blossomed. As keepers attest, worker bees improve biodiversity, pollinate our plants and produce the best honey you’ll ever taste.
By Brad Badelt

36 | Bird Watch
Acadian Flycatcher—Deforestation throughout Central and South America is the dominant threat to the survival of this diminutive songbird.
By Tim Tiner

40 | In House
Ontario Nature announces its conservation winners; Friends of Mashkinonje befriend a park.

42 | Last Word
Some photographers bait wildlife to get that perfect shot. Is that right?
By Moira Farr


16 | Why We Can’t Save This Forest
What went wrong with the Environmental Assessment Act? How a law that was meant to protect the environment ended up helping industry.
By Conor Mihell

22 | The Killing Fields
New research reveals that a widely used class of agricultural pesticides is the likely culprit behind the deaths of hundreds of millions of birds. Worse still: Canada continues to market neurotoxic chemicals with the full knowledge of their impact.
By Paul Webster

33 | Ontario Nature’s Fourth Annual Youth Writing Contest
We asked kids in grades 7 and 8: What are you doing that has a positive impact on our environment? The winning essays show us the way.

ON Nature Magazine Fall 2009 cover

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