Home for the Butterflies
When we think of pollinators, our thoughts naturally drift towards the most famous members of this important group — bees. But butterflies also play an integral role in the process of pollination and they look good doing it too! From monarchs to painted ladies to swallowtails, Canada is home to almost 300 of these delicate and colourful species and visitors to the butterfly house managed by La Maison des Insectes have the opportunity to experience them up close and personal.
Home is Where the Snow IsAnimals that build their homes in the subnivean zone
Honouring the Past — Ensuring the Legacy
By Louise Hanlon
CWF Celebrates Its First 50 Years of Conservation.
Hope for the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
As the days get longer and the nights grow warm, many animals across the country feel the tug of springtime rituals. They may have the instinct, and they may have the mate—but what happens if they don’t have the habitat?
How Animals Survive the Arctic Tundra
The Arctic tundra, a snowy biome that is housed within the Arctic Circle, is characterized by freezing temperatures, strong winds and permafrost. Yet, despite being one of harshest environments on earth, many animals call the Arctic home. So how do animals living in the Arctic, a place that has months of continuous light followed by months of continuous darkness, survive in such a harsh habitat?
How Do Leatherbacks Migrate?These migrate across the vast ocean without any visible landmarks – in a relatively straight line, no less. How do they do it? Read on to find out!
How to Conduct a BioBlitz in Your HometownDid you love exploring outside when you were a kid? We’ve got an adventure for the kid in you.
How to Make the Most of …It
You’ve got to do something with the tonnes of animal waste the Toronto Zoo. Daniel Bida is helping turn it into green energy
Hummingbird Clearwing MothLearn more about the hummingbird clearwing moth and how to attract it to your gardens!
If You Care, Leave it There
Cautioning readers to leave wildlife undisturbed
Insect runs rampant; kills millions of trees in Western Canada
Mountain pine beetle infestation is killing trees at an alarming rate in Western Canada. Once helpful to Canada’s forests, the mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, has become a hindrance due to Canada’s changing climate. The mountain pine beetle formerly aided new forest growth by getting rid of older, weaker trees and making way for new ones. In previous winters, cold temperatures kept the mountain pine beetles’ population in check, while every spring the smaller surviving population would aid our forests. As the climate is warming on a global scale, the winters that once controlled this population are less harsh allowing the spring population of pine beetle to grow.
Inspirational Wildlife Tales
For our Valentine’s Day edition of Take Five we’re showing you some inspirational wildlife videos that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling all over! As worries of habitats dwindling, climates changing and threatened species increase, we wanted to take a moment and share some beautiful stories of hope and happiness happening all over the world. Celebrate love and friendship, as these animal companions brighten your day and warm your heart!
Is Offsetting the Answer?Why trying to right a wrong may be doing more damage than good
Is There A Bluebird On Your Windowsill?
This past winter, several members of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN), situated in the northern half of Lanark County in Eastern Ontario, spent a cold wintry Saturday building bluebird boxes. They hope to establish a bluebird trail in the area this spring. The plight of the Eastern Bluebird has long been of interest to naturalists across North America, ever since the 1950s when man almost wiped them out with DDT. Another single deterrent to the successful nesting of these beautiful songsters was the introduction of the European Starling to our continent, a species that spread prolifically a century ago and assumed the bluebird’s natural nesting cavities. Building bluebird boxes and establishing nesting trails has been a constant quest ever since.
Is this Goodnight?
A mysterious fungal infection killing bats in the U.S. has come to Canada. The results will almost certainly be devastating
Is your garden water-smart?
Clean water is critical to our wild spaces. So it’s important to practice smart water use in our gardens. Help the environment — and your wallet — with these tips: