Call of the wild

Call of the wild

Bird calls and songs are giving scientists new insights into avian behaviour and population patterns. How researchers are gathering information for the third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas by listening “OH.” A single sharp note of a birdsong stops Mike Cadman...
Riverdancers

Riverdancers

The playful behaviour of river otters has long enchanted animal lovers. But researchers continue to wonder about what drives these creatures’ curious antics ANIMAL STORIES HAVE A WAY of living on. An unexpected and substantial drop in the number of snapping turtles in...
The great white northerner

The great white northerner

Most Ontarians know belugas only from nature documentaries, but a hardy population of this marine species persists in the province’s northern reaches. Can it resist the impacts of climate change? EVERY YEAR, SOMETIME DURING the Arctic spring, beluga whales wintering...
The sing-song of summer

The sing-song of summer

In the decade since designating the whip-poor-will a threatened species, the Ontario government has done little to halt its decline. Yet, without the bird’s call, Ontario outdoors would not be the same DUSK CREEPS IN LATE once mid-June arrives in Ontario. It’s...
Chasing the dragon

Chasing the dragon

Thanks to citizen scientists and new technologies, we are finally learning about the common green darner, an amazing migrating dragonfly SUSAN BLAYNEY STARTED OUT watching birds. Next it was butterflies. Now it’s dragonflies. Come spring the retired former registered...
A howl for help

A howl for help

For years the Algonquin or eastern wolf was considered a sub-species of the grey wolf and its importance questioned. Research over the past decade has changed that. Now… can they be saved? ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK’S “WOLF HOWLS” have long been...