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The Northmen women’s U19-1 team, shown here at Barbour Field in Hillsburgh last summer, was ranked fourth in the province by the end of the season. Photo by James MacDonald.

Lacrosse: Game On!

Mar 26, 2018 | Anthony Jenkins |

A curious hockey enthusiast turns his sights to lacrosse, a sport with deep roots — and avid fans — in Orangeville

Sherri Cox prepares to perform surgery on a bear cub suffering from severe frostbite. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Wildlife Rescue: Cry of the Wild

Mar 26, 2018 | Gail Grant |

Sherri Cox, a corporate executive turned wildlife vet, takes her surgical skills on the road to aid animals in distress.

Chorus frogs are even smaller than spring peepers. They can perch comfortably on the ends of index fingers.

Chorus Frogs

May 14, 2018 | Don Scallen |

Chorus frogs are vulnerable to a who’s who of predators from ground-foraging birds, to shrews, to big spiders to small snakes.

Maple Syrup Traditions in Headwaters

Mar 26, 2018 | Tony Reynolds |

Sugaring off is a time-honoured ritual in the hills.

Mink

Mink: Master Predators

Mar 5, 2018 | Don Scallen |

Winter is the best time to find evidence of mink. With snow cover, mink tracks can readily be found along streams or the verges of ponds and lakes.

Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits

Mar 30, 2018 | Don Scallen |

Cottontails conceal themselves in dense thickets of shrubs and brambles.

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Field Notes for Spring 2018

Mar 26, 2018 | Janice Quirt | Arts | Community | Departments | Farming | Field Notes | Food | Leisure | The Current Issue

Plant a pollinator garden, go for a farming grant and tap your inner naturalist.

Shop Headwaters

Mar 26, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | Departments | Made in the Hills | The Current Issue

Where we’re buying local this spring.

Nature therapy guide Kaitlyn Powers (centre) instructs writing pals Gail Grant (left) and Nicola Ross how to be still, breathe deeply and absorb nature with all their senses – followed by tea. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Forest Bathing

Mar 26, 2018 | Nicola Ross | Departments | Environment | Good Sport | Leisure | The Current Issue

Slowing down, tuning in. With forest bathing, the slow movement takes to the woods.

Retreating from the Retreat

Mar 26, 2018 | Dan Needles | Arts | Community | Departments | Fence Posts | In Every Issue | The Current Issue

For most of the century before I arrived, this old house hosted a parade of smoker-drinker-carnivores who poured Paris green arsenic on their potato plants and thought cleansing of any kind was weakening.

Jennifer Kleinpaste at her new store’s essential oil bar where she brainstorms scent blends for future products. Jennifer or staffer Jessica Marchildon also create signature blends for customers here. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Jennifer Kleinpaste of Bridlewood Soaps

Mar 26, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | Arts | Community | Departments | Made in the Hills | The Current Issue

How an Orangeville mom made homemade soaps and beauty oils her business.

The property’s original stone steps veer a little to one side, but the owners love the patina and have no plans to replace them. Photo by Nat Caron.

A Caledon Cottage Reborn

Mar 26, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills | Community | Departments | The Current Issue

How a Toronto couple transformed a dilapidated house into a year-round sanctuary.

Spring in the Hills

Mourning cloak

Spring Butterflies

May 1, 2016 | Don Scallen |

Five ways butterflies survive the winter.

The bold colours of poppies, irises and daylilies frame the farmhouse in June. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Purposeful Garden

Mar 23, 2015 | Tralee Pearce |

Misha Dubbeld’s gracious Mono garden is a testament to 20 years of love and labour. With all that she’s learned, her latest project is conceived on a grand scale.

Spring’s Wild Beauties

Mar 31, 2013 | Don Scallen |

The heart-gladdening beauty of early wildflowers is a signal all is right in the woodland. Which one is your favourite?

Backyard Birding 127… 128… 129… and Counting

Jun 17, 2013 | Chris Wedeles |

Birdwatchers like me are notoriously nerdy, and the essence of this is a fascination with lists.

On our summer 2017 cover, honeybee on viper’s bugloss. Photo by Debbie Gray.

Meet Mulmur’s New Beekeepers

Jun 21, 2017 | Tralee Pearce |

How the Heritage Bee Company is boosting the honeybee population in Headwaters and inspiring newbie beekeepers.

Liz and George Knowles have lived and gardened in Mono since 1976. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Botany of Desire

Mar 20, 2017 | Tralee Pearce |

Gardener Liz Knowles’ passion for rare yet rugged alpine flora has transformed her Mono gardens into more than an aesthetic triumph. They’re an aide memoire of her life and travels 40 years on.