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The Natural History of Ontario

Theberge, John B.
Publisher:  McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1989  
Pages:  398pp   ISBN:  0-7710-8398-X
Library of Congress Number:  QH106.2.O5T48 1989   Dewey:  508.713
A comprehensive, extensively illustrated natural history of Ontario, covering bedrock, soils, birds, mammals, insects, wildflowers, forests, prehistoric life, and much more.

Table of Contents


Part I: A Small Piece of Planet Earth
Global Dynamics and Ontario
Dating Earth Processes and Features
Ontario in the Sweep of Continental Climate
Weather Systems
Ontario's Biota in Space and Time

Part II: Provincial Perspectives
Foundations of the Land - Bedrock Geology
Rock Cycle
Glacial Landforms
The Wrinkled Surface - Surficial Geology
Earthern Blanket - The Soils of Ontario
Springtails: Agents of Change
Hardy Pioneers - Lichens of Ontario
Mystical Kingdom - Ontario's Forest Fungi
Mycorrhizae: Symbiosis in the Soil
Botanical Relics - The Primitive Plants of Ontario
Adornments of the Wild - Ontario's Wildflowers
Pollination in Ontario's Wild Orchids
Ontario's Trilliums
Latticework of Ecosystems - Ontario's Forests
Forestry and Ontario's Forests
Spruce Budworm and the Spruce-Fir Forest
Forests are More than Trees
Leaf colour
Evolution of Tree Species
Vistas of Time, Rock, and Invertebrate Fossils
Fertile Waters, The Fresh-Water Invertebrates
Richest Estate: The Terrestrial Invertebrates
Dutch Elm Disease: An Environmental Epidemic
Biting Flies in Ontario
Ice-Age Fossils and Vanished Vertebrates
On the Trail of the Tadpole Madtom: Ontario's Fish
Ancient Rhythms on Annual Display: The Amphibians of Ontario
Once They Ruled: The Reptiles of Ontario
Wild Wings: The Birds of Ontario
Bird Migration
The Bald Eagle in Ontario
Black Duck: A Species in Trouble
Gray Jay: A Unique Bird with a Unique Strategy
Canada Geese Numbers of the Hudson Bay Lowlands
Tooth and Claw: The Mammals of Ontario
Rabies in Ontario's Wildlife
Parasites Welcome Moose to Ontario
Native Man

Part III: Special Environments
The Erie Sand Spits: Long Point, Rondeau, and Point Pelee
The Niagara Escarpment: The Spine of Southern Ontario
The Large Parks
Algonquin Provincial Park
Pukaskwa National Park
Quetico Provincial Park
Hudson Bay Lowlands and Polar Bear Provincial Park

Part IV: Vignettes of Nature
The Carolinian Zone
Wild Islands of Western lake Erie
Ontario's Marathon Butterfly: The Monarch
The Prairies of Southwestern Ontario
Swans by the Thousands
Hawk Cliff
Herons and Heronries
Niagara Falls
Gull City
Flying Pebbles: The Shorebirds
Mammals of Canada's Deep South
The Farmlands
Wetlands of the Agricultural South
The Maple Sugar Bush
Spring Ephemerals
Owls on the Kingston Area
Canada Goose: A Success Story
Passenger Pigeons: They Darkened the Sky
Urban Nature
Birds of the Cities
The Leslie Street Spit
Skyscrapers and Peregrines
Pembroke Swallows
The Great Lakes
Great Lakes as a Physical Environment
Changes in Water Characteristics and Aquatic Life
Distinctive Natural Habitats of the Great Lakes
The Hardwood-Boreal Forest
Manitoulin Island
The Brent Crater
The Loring Deer Yard
The Slate Islands
Ontario's Cape Cod: Misplaced Flora of the Atlantic Coast
Night Sounds
Forest Jewels
Singing Wings
Bat Roosts
Bogs and Beaver Ponds
Boreal Mammals Adapted to Snow
White Pelicans of Lake of the Woods

Part V: Perspectives on Nature
A Celebration of Nature
The Wholeness of Nature

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