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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.

Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits

Mar 30, 2018 | Don Scallen |

Cottontails conceal themselves in dense thickets of shrubs and brambles.

Rose-breasted grosbeak, May 16. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Spring Hikes on The Bruce Trail

Mar 26, 2018 | Don Scallen |

Along the Bruce Trail, spring is the time to slow to a saunter 
and see, hear and scent nature’s renewal.

Erin’s New Seed Lending Library

Mar 26, 2018 | Janice Quirt |

Check out these seeds.

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.

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.

In Every Issue

Between Lakes 36" x 48" Acrylic ~ by Adam De Witte

Adam De Witte

Mar 26, 2018 | In The Hills | Artist in Residence | Arts | Departments | In Every Issue | The Current Issue

Adam De Witte’s work can be viewed at Dragonfly Arts on Broadway in Orangeville.

An 1870 Media Battle over “Fake News”

Mar 26, 2018 | Ken Weber | Departments | Heritage | Historic Hills | The Current Issue

The tweets and accusations of fake news in today’s media seem almost dainty compared to the Orangeville Sun’s lambasting of its rival weekly, the Orangeville Advertiser.

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.

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.

Shop Headwaters

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

Where we’re buying local this spring.

The final dish looks like a minimalist painting, including a swipe of garlic maple purée, crumbles of bacon and toasted brioche atop wisps of bitter greens. James insists I sample everything in each bite to balance the buttery torchon. He’s right. Tiny cubes of jellied Champagne are almost invisible on the plate, but pop in my mouth. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Foie Gras Torchon

Mar 26, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | Appetizers | Cooking with... | Departments | Food | Recipes | The Current Issue

At the Millcroft Inn & Spa, executive chef James Buder uses maple syrup in his foie gras torchon.

Spring in the Hills

Mourning cloak

Spring Butterflies

May 1, 2016 | Don Scallen |

Five ways butterflies survive the winter.

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.

Greenhouse Plants

Spring Garden Clean Up

May 10, 2015 | Katie Dawson |

No time like the present to start working in the garden! Use these tips to clean up and get ready for new plants.

A spring carpet in one of the Sants’ five greenhouses, 2015. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

George Sant & Sons Greenhouses: Sowing the Seeds of Family Life

Mar 23, 2015 | Tralee Pearce |

Sants Greenhouses is a sprawling five-greenhouse operation that helps beautify not just southern Ontario but all corners of North America.

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?

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.