5 | This Issue
The power of partnerships: Working together for conservation.
By Caroline Schultz
8 | Earth Watch
Stand up for nature; a royal rebound; the buzz is gone; join the club; plants inhale 123 billion tonnes of carbon each year; living fences; power plant struggles in King Township.
38 | Bird Watch
Northern Bobwhite: What may be the last, viable population of the pint-sized wildfowl can be found on Walpole Island.
By Tim Tiner
44 | In House
Legacy Grove in Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve to honour people who include Ontario Nature in their estate plans; Cootes Paradise Biodiversity Festival.
46 | Last Word
Standing together to protect wildlife.
18 | Sanctuary for Shorebirds
The glorious James Bay saltwater coastline is a bird-watchers’s paradise. But as the northern landscape hovers on the cusp of transformation, how much longer can this magical margin of the province withstand the dual threats of climate change and industry?
By Ray Ford
26 | Plight of the Bug Eaters
Why are birds that feed on insects disappearing? New findings point to answers that touch on a range of troubling environmental factors.
By Douglas Hunter
On the cover
32 | Secret Worlds
Intrepid conservation staff poke into the earth’s nooks and crannies in search of salamanders, frogs, turtles and other rarities. Welcome to the making of Ontario Nature’s Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.
By Peter Christie
40 | Frontier Conservation
Northern Connections, Ontario Nature’s new program, brings isolated communities together to create a unique environmental voice that speaks for the big boreal landscape.
By Conor Mihell
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