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The Thames River Watershed: A Heritage Landscape Guide
by Michael Troughton and Cathy Quinlan
Published by Carolinian Canada Coalition in partnership with the Thames Canadian Heritage River Committee
At 168 pages with full colour maps, illustrations and photos, this lovely publication is a great addition to any natural heritage collection. Download a summary and table of contents here. Copies can be purchased for $22.95 from the following:
The Natural Treasures of Carolinian Canada
Discovering the rich natural diversity of Southwestern Ontario's Heartland
by the Carolinian Canada Coalition
Sweeping from Toronto to Lake Huron and Lake Erie is a region of biological richness unmatched in Canada. Here the native trees have unusual names — Sassafras, Cucumber Magnolia, Tulip-tree, Black Walnut, Pawpaw — evoking the distinctly southern character for which the region is named. The Carolinian region is only a quarter of a percent of the country’s total land area, but close to one-third of Canada’s rare and endangered plants and animals live here. So does more than a quarter of the country’s population. The Carolinian landscape is one of the most threatened in North America. Since 1984 the Carolinian Canada Coalition has been bringing together organizations, communities, and individuals to conserve the special places and species of the Carolinian life zone. It has become a powerful voice for protecting the remaining fragments of Carolinian habitat. But much still needs to be done.
This book is a labour of love for the contributors, naturalists and scientists who share their knowledge of the diverse richness and rarity of the species and spaces in Carolinian Canada through engaging and informative text, and who hope that this book will inspire, encourage, and support the work of conserving this unique landscape. Beyond the science, this book invites you to explore your region through perspective of experts who have an intimate connection to Carolinian Canada’s unique nature. The Coalition recognizes and thanks the many volunteers and contributors who made this project successful including Lorraine, the CC book committee and the Nature Conservancy of Canada for their financial support.
Available for $34.95 from:
Please help us promote the new Natural Treasures book across Carolinian Canada. You can download a promo article here that can be inserted into your group's newsletter or posted on your website.
Beyond the Global City: Understanding and Planning for the Diversity of Ontario
Read "Beyond the Global City" to find a refreshing and innovative approach to landscape planning in Ontario. How can Ontario address complex and growing threats on the landscape? This new publication edited by Dr. Gordon Nelson, chair of the Coalition, includes a comprehensive chapter on Carolinian Canada by Dr. Stewart Hilts, a Conservation Award recipient. Travel with Dr. Hilts' through the history of our beautiful and challenging region, tour the roots of today's stewardship efforts and see what the future has to offer. This book will be a staple reference for years to come on ecoregional approaches to complex land use issues. The final chapter points out that the collaborative approach used by the Carolinian Canada Coalition could be a useful example for other regions of Ontario.
Beyond the Global City is a reaction against the Toronto centred approach that Ontario has used in developing the province with often damaging consequences for biodiversity, wetlands, the coasts and environment generally as well as local economies and communities. Chapters on the many near forgotten regions of Ontario - including those on Carolinian Canada, Peterborough, Ottawa, Kingston and the Islands, Huron County, Muskoka - Georgian Bay and the North - are written by knowledgeable local authors. The book describes the distinguishing ecological and other characteristics of the regions and their individual planning needs which are frequently not being met by top down Toronto-centred planning. The book calls for a strengthening of regional planning and a more locally effective approach to conservation and development. This is an informative and valuable read for naturalists. It gives the big picture behind many local and regional environmental and related issues and calls for more locally based planning to address them.
This book is available directly from McGill-Queen's University Press.
See an interview with some of the incredible talent involved in bringing this book together on Youtube
Trees of the Carolinian Forest
A Guide to Species, Their Ecology and Uses
This field guide to the trees of Canada's most temperate (and populous) eastern growing region will delight everyone from urban gardeners to green-spirited rural landowners, from amateur naturalists to professional botanists. The book identifies 74 unique tree species of Canada's Carolinian zone, and offers advice on how to identify, preserve, use and propagate each species.
6" x 9", paperback 288 pages, 76 color photographs, 20 black & white photographs, 72 species maps, 362 black and white illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index.
$24.95 Canadian, $19.95 US available through your local book store or:
Direct Mail Order through Firefly Books. Enter the book title or author's name to search for this book.
The Hike Ontario Guide to Walks in Carolinian Canada
by Brad Cundiff
An illustrated guide to forty hikes and walks throughout Canada's Carolinian region. Some of the best places to explore Carolinian habitats.
Boston Mills Press. ISBN 1-55046-270-9
The Butterfly Whisperer
by Brenda Kulon
Lambton Wildlife Incorporated has published a beautiful new book by Brenda Kulon called The Butterfly Whisperer. With dozens of spectacular butterfly photographs by Brenda it is also chock full of valuable tips on how to attract butterflies to your garden. It is available in soft cover or hard cover from Gord Catterson. Also available from Volumes Publishing - Click on books > non-fiction> gardening