Nature

Wild Profile: Meet the clouded sulphur butterfly

The clouded sulphur butterfly doesn’t have a pretty name—but it is pretty. And it’s one of the few butterflies you’ll see in the fall. Like the mourning cloak butterfly, clouded sulphurs feed on late-blooming flowers such as purple aster; the last generation of caterpillars go into hibernation by the end of October, and stay that … Continued

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Is the canoe the ultimate, ahem, pleasure-craft?

For as long as couples have paddled together, there has been a bit of a wink-wink, nudge-nudge undercurrent to the fine art of canoeing. It was the late Pierre Berton who was credited with the line—though he later denied it was his—“A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping.” … Continued

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8 epic photos of cottagers having fun on the water

There’s no place we’d rather be than at the cottage. But, if we had to pick one thing about being at the lake that we love the most, it’s the lake itself—and it looks like you’d pick the same. Whether you’re paddling, swimming, jumping off the dock, or floating in the sunshine, it’s clear the … Continued

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Warming water not good for fish

A University of Regina professor led an international study published in the journal Nature that looks at the impact of warming waters on dissolved oxygen and algae prevalence. The study used lake data with longstanding records across the northern hemisphere, including two sites in Ontario. Read the full story by the Ontario Out of Doors….

NCC finalizes purchase of new conservation area near Lion’s Head

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it has finalized the purchase of 160 hectares of forest and wetland near Lion’s Head. Called the Britain Lake Wetland and Woodlands property, the new conservation area in Northern Bruce Peninsula connects adjacent protected areas to form a “conservation corridor,” between Britain and Otter lakes, the national not-for-profit land […]

Shipwreck near Michigan City could become state’s 2nd underwater preserve

In 1911, a 211-foot freighter named the Muskegon sank where the fire-scorched hulk was abandoned, now there’s an effort to make it Indiana’s second underwater nature preserve. If approved, this would protect the site for “exceptional” scuba diving according to Indiana University’s Center for Underwater Science. Read the full story by South Bend Tribune. Read…

Clive Thompson confesses his cottage sins: Pride

Pride, wrath, envy, sloth, lust, greed, gluttony—the cottage can bring out the best and the worst in us. We asked seven of Canada’s top writers to come clean about their cottage sins. I Have a Confession to Make… When I was a child in the ’70s, seeing a deer outside my cottage was a treasured moment.  We … Continued

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Wild Profile: Meet the pumpkinseed sunfish

If there’s an award for Prettiest Ontario Fish, the pumpkinseed sunfish should at least place somewhere on the list. Henry David Thoreau once said it shines like “a brilliant coin fresh from the mint.” With a name like “sunfish” it’s no wonder that this flat, two-dimensional fish only moves to shallower water when it’s sunny … Continued

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