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In the Planet Watch section we help our readers explore what is happening on earth from many perspectives. Planet WatchWe look at our Climate In Crisis, our diminishing Biodiversity, the state of our Environment, from Fresh Air, Clean Water, Rich Earth to our Forests and Wildlife. We look at what is happening in our Biosphere and how it affects not only the human species, but the complex living systems that we are so dependant on.

David Suzuki reminds us that Science Matters and reflects on the world from a scientific perspective. He also looks at our culture and how it impacts both negatively and positively on our environment. Under The News we put an environmental Perspective on the latest International, National and Community news. The articles below help us to stay informed about what is happening in our world.

Birds In Decline - Global Report

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Common birds are in decline across the world, providing evidence of a rapid deterioration in the global environment that is affecting all life on Earth – including human life, according to a new report released today at BirdLife International’s World Conference in Buenos Aires.

The State of the World’s Birds publication and website highlight population declines of more than 50% over the last 40 years for 20 of North America’s most common bird species. These include boreal breeders (such as Evening Grosbeak, Greater Scaup and wow)) Boreal Chickadee) and numerous grassland species (Eastern Meadowlark, Loggerhead Shrike, Field Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow).


Local Report - Ontario Winter Finch Forecast 2008-2009

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Written by Ron Pittaway


Local Report - Winter finches feed almost entirely on seeds. Most finches readily go to bird feeders. The two best seeds for finches are black sunflower seed and nyger seed. Winter finches are noted for their wandering movements in search of tree seed crops. The most important trees to winter finches are spruce, white pine (Ontario's provincial tree), hemlock, birch and mountain-ash. This year in Ontario, spruce crops are fair to good both west and east of Lake Superior and in central Ontario such as Algonquin Park, but cone abundance diminishes rapidly northwards into the boreal forest. White pine has heavy cone crops in most areas, but the hemlock crop is poor. The white birch crop is fair to good west and east of Lake Superior to LakeOntario, but poor in the boreal forest. The mountain-ash (rowan berry) crop is excellent everywhere this year.


Introduction To Woodlot Management

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Written by Glenn McLeod



Our landscape is now very different from the one encountered by our province’s first settlers. Other than scattered remnants of the original forest, southern Ontario woodlands are the result of 200 years of human settlement activities. The original forest was viewed mostly as an impediment to settlement and travel, something to be conquered or exploited for whatever value it had, rather than managed. In fact the timber volume produced during land clearing was so great there was little market for it. As a result many areas were simply burned.


Search for Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes

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Written by Mark Rupke

Local Report  - Hog-nosed snakes can reach lengths of just over one metre. Seach For ELNSThey have a thick body and are usually olive coloured with noticeable blotches on the body. The Hog-nosed snake, sometimes referred to as a “Puff Adder,” is completely harmless despite its bizarre and often frightening defence behaviour. It convincingly mimics a cobra when disturbed, often scaring people who may end up harming the discount priced viagra we recommend snake in self-defense. This is why education about the Hog-nosed is so important.

Our Relationship With Biodiversity

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Written by Sid Andrews

Our relationship with biodiversity begins with a sense of place.  My childhood was spent on a former dairy farm in what could barely be called a hamlet known as Willowbank.  The farm had only 27 acres and so in the era of the Milk Marketing Board’s start-up in Ontario; it was too small to maintain a quota.  To me and the family mutt, Sally, it was paradise.  Oh the adventures that funny little dog and I had!

There was a field behind the barn and a windrow of apple and hawthorn along the east fence.  Across the highway was another field, a small pond completely full of cattails, and the prized part of all—a dock on a ‘crick’ with a very oozy marsh on the other side.

Oh, the days and approach 5mg cialis online uk early evenings spent across the road were countless it seemed.  No matter the weather or the the best site order generic levitra season, Sally and I would be out exploring.  Spring was particularly fun when the snow would melt and the runoff would trip over itself to get down to the creek to eventually spill, within a quarter mile, into the St. Lawrence. Damming the culvert was an annual enterprise.


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