The United Nations declared 2011-2020 the International Decade of Biodiversity to both celebrate the richness and diversity of nature, and to challenge individuals, governments and corporations to help stop its decline.
Ontario Nature has been in the biodiversity business since 1931, leading the way to protect our province’s wild species and wild spaces. While climate change and threats to biodiversity continue to grow, we must also take time to celebrate our accomplishments for biodiversity and inspire people to protect it.
Discuss biodiversity with your neighbours, colleagues, family and friends – do they know what it means and why it’s important? Encourage them to explore biodiversity near them. Experiencing nature and biodiversity first-hand is one of the most effective ways to understand how the planet’s well-being and ours are bound together.
Learn more about Ontario’s biodiversity with us! The following selected articles featured in ON Nature magazine celebrated this decade with stories that highlight Ontario’s incredible biodiversity. The magazine will take us to places across the province and showcase species many of us know little about.
Ontario is a great, big province. It covers an area larger than France and Spain combined. Rich in biological diversity, Ontario contains a stunning range of habitats and wildlife. In the International Year of Biodiversity, Ontario Nature is highlighting 10 places that are especially remarkable for the ecosystems and the species they support. Read more.
Inspired by the joy of biodiversity, a pioneering scientist discovered the rapids clubtail along the rivers of southern Ontario. Today, the species is the first of Edmund Murton Walker’s beloved dragonflies to be declared endangered. Read more.
At Ontario’s Biodiversity Institute, scientists are using cutting-edge technology to catalogue every plant and animal on earth in what may be one of the world’s most ambitious biodiversity conservation initiatives. Read more.
What do Ontario’s moose, bats and amphibians have in common? The question seems like a lead-up to a bad joke, but the answer is no laughing matter; the populations of all three are declining significantly. Read more.
Inside the BioBlitz movement: How a group of farmers in eastern Ontario opened their lands to scientists and the public to help document their region’s natural diversity – and set an example for other landowners. Read more.
Noah Cole is Ontario Nature’s communications technician and a regular contributor to Ontario Nature's blog and ON Nature magazine. Noah is an accomplished naturalist with a passion for protecting the great outdoors and a nature photographer. Noah is the author of Ontario Wildlife Photography (canadianimages.net).