Don Scallen enjoys sharing his love of nature through his writing and presentations. Check out his blog "Notes from the Wild".
Streamside SalamandersMay 3, 2023
Long-tailed and tiny-legged, these slow moving salamanders face formidable challenges as our urban footprint grows.
Screech OwlsApr 4, 2023
Listen closely for their distinctive vocalizing and you just might manage to catch a peek of these pint-sized predators.
Home, Sweet HomeMar 20, 2023
The amazing architectural feats (and sometimes cheeky parenting techniques) of nesting birds
Our Ever Heavier Urban FootprintFeb 27, 2023
As development continues unabated, our growing population and urban footprint will inevitably diminish biodiversity.
Not All Invaders Are BadFeb 7, 2023
During a trip south, naturalist Don Scallen gets a closer look at introduced lizards in Florida and asks questions about our own invasive species in Ontario.
Nesting InstinctsJan 6, 2023
Most of us have the good fortune to raise our families in safe, comfortable houses. Birds want nothing less.
Return to the Trout StreamDec 1, 2022
Rivers in the Headwaters region still flow clean, clear and cool through areas not yet urbanized. This natural heritage is a gift to area residents and well worth protecting.
In the Bleak MidwinterNov 20, 2022
Don Scallen explores how birds, mammals and reptiles have adapted to survive our long, trying winter.
Crooning Tree CricketsNov 3, 2022
Male tree crickets – rock stars of the insect realm – sing to attract females, and display other courtship behaviour not so different from ours.
Fascinating FungiOct 5, 2022
Fall is the perfect time to get down low and take a closer peek at the stunningly diverse and complex organisms that are fungi
Transforming Turf into a Meadow EcosystemSep 12, 2022
From a swath of turf grass came a thriving meadow ecosystem full of wild flowers, pollinators and biodiversity.
Bats Aided by Citizen ScientistsAug 8, 2022
Bats hunt with their astonishing echolocating ability, sending out pulses of sound and then “reading” the returning echoes for the shape signatures of potential prey.
Who Pollinates Michigan Lilies?Jul 14, 2022
Could the answer to my pollination puzzle be butterfly wings?
StarstruckJun 24, 2022
From a small observatory in a Belfountain backyard, the heavens are revealed.
Movers and Shakers: River ChubJun 7, 2022
The breeders and the egg stealers make a river chub nest a happening place in springtime.
Calvin the Salamander Returns!May 10, 2022
Calvin and his kin depend on two things for their survival: forest and fishless ponds.
Magical MerlinsApr 17, 2022
Merlins have been recorded nesting in Orangeville, Caledon Village and just south of Headwaters in Georgetown.
Adapting to SurviveMar 29, 2022
Animals use camouflage, poison and deception to live another day.