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Don Scallen

Don Scallen enjoys sharing his love of nature through his writing and presentations. Check out his blog "Notes from the Wild".

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

Sep 24, 2021

All you need is a smartphone and a love of nature to make valuable contributions to conservation science.

Kingfisher. Photo by Don Scallen.

To Catch a Fish

Sep 13, 2021

Fish are fast, slippery, and camouflaged, designed by evolution to avoid being eaten.

Great golden digger wasp. Photo by Don Scallen.

Wasps

Aug 16, 2021

I’ve walked through meadows teeming with wasps, innumerable times, without being stung.

Black swallowtail, another pipevine swallowtail mimic. Photo by Don Scallen.

Batesian Mimicry

Jul 7, 2021

July is prime butterfly season in Headwaters.

Salamander hunter Eloise MacNeil. Photo by Don Scallen.

Wild Nocturne

Jun 22, 2021

Grab a flashlight and head out on a hike after sundown and get to know the creatures of the night – including moths, salamanders and frogs.

Minnows

Jun 8, 2021

Most of our minnows, like our songbirds, breed in spring and many male minnows, like male songbirds, advertise their reproductive fitness with brilliant colours.

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander. Photo by Don Scallen.

Calvin the Salamander

May 4, 2021

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander.

Red elderberry flower buds

Life Renewed

Apr 12, 2021

There is much to quicken the pulse at this time of year. So much to see, hear and appreciate.

Kits at play. Photo by Critter Clicks Photography.

New Kits on the Block

Mar 31, 2021

Red foxes are making themselves at home in Inglewood, Grand Valley and Palgrave, hunting in our yards and denning under our sheds and garages.

Red-breasted merganser are fish eaters, equipped with serrated bills to grip their slippery prey. Photo by Don Scallen.

Winter Ducks

Mar 1, 2021

For sheer visual pleasure it’s hard to beat the splendour of ducks on a sunny winter’s day.

Mudpuppies

Feb 9, 2021

I was invited to search for mudpuppies in a Wellington County stream last December.

Redpoll feeding on aster seeds. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Winter Bird Watching

Jan 12, 2021

This is a special winter for bird watching in the hills.

Brook Trout

Dec 1, 2020

There is no guarantee that brook trout will continue to thrive in Caledon, Erin and Dufferin in the years to come.

Black-horned tree cricket. Photo by Don Scallen.

Tree Crickets

Nov 3, 2020

Singing tree crickets are beautiful. They raise diaphanous wings like miniature sails and vibrate them as they trill their songs.

Hopping and Walkin’ in the Rain

Oct 15, 2020

This is the time of year to get out after dark and explore… especially as the rain falls.

A Forest is More Than Its Trees

Sep 18, 2020

From deep in the earth to high in the sky, forests shelter teeming life.

The brilliantly plumed scarlet tanager is the only one of hundreds of tanager species that breeds in Headwaters before heading to the tropics for the winter. Photo by Robert McCaw.

These Flora and Fauna Rely On Forests

Sep 18, 2020

Here are six plants and animals, representative of myriad others, that depend completely on forests.

Cicada. Photo by Don Scallen.

Singing Insects

Sep 8, 2020

You likely won’t see many of these without a little dedicated searching.

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.