On October 31, 2017, Environment Canada released its long-awaited report summarizing the implementation progress of federal recovery strategy for boreal caribou. In 2012, provinces and territories were given five years to develop and finalize plans to effectively protect critical caribou habitat. Not a single province met the deadline.
Happy Thanksgiving! We want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the great work that’s been done so far this year for Ontario’s wild species and spaces. These are examples of what’s possible with support of nature lovers like you.
As summer winds to a close, bird migration season begins! Birds will make the long journey from Ontario to their overwintering habitats.
Many hawks, hummingbirds, waterfowl and warblers are already on the move. The coming months will showcase scores more. During a leisurely evening stroll you may spot swallows, swifts or nighthawks as they swoop and dart after the insects they eat. If you head to Lake Ontario or Lake Erie, you may see a turkey vulture or even a golden eagle.
A drove of feral hogs in Texas, Credit: Josh Henderson CC BY 2.0
Sightings of free-roaming feral swine in Ontario have risen in recent years despite the animals’ tendency to travel at dawn, dusk and night. Some of these sightings have been made near Ottawa and Kingston. Diane Saxe, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, has said that feral hogs are heading north from the United States into eastern Ontario.