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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".

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

Chorus Frogs

May 14, 2018 |

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 |

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 |

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

American naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir sauntered through Headwaters in 1864. He came to Ontario to avoid conscription into the Civil War.

John Muir

Mar 26, 2018 |

A saunter through the hills in 1864.

Mink

Mink: Master Predators

Mar 5, 2018 |

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.

Snowy owl on hydro line. Photo by Ian Jarvie.

How to Find Owls

Feb 2, 2018 |

Myths, legends and modern literature feature owls, a notable example being Hedwig the snowy owl, loyal companion of Harry Potter.

Skunks

Skunks and Porcupines, Masters of Defence

Jan 12, 2018 |

Skunks, in contrast to porcupines, are positively cuddly with soft, luxuriant fur, just begging to be stroked.

A Headwaters’ Giant

Dec 5, 2017 |

Do you know of a bigger tree in the Headwaters Region?

northern flicker male

Flickers

Oct 29, 2017 |

Northern flickers are boldly and beautifully marked woodpeckers that are common throughout the Headwaters.

Beautiful wood nymph caterpillar.

Night Creatures

Oct 17, 2017 |

Night Hikes – A purposeful walk along a path, playing a flashlight over leaves, branches and trunks will reveal wonders.

Notes From The Wild

Notes From the Wild

Sep 25, 2017 |

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

Fall’s Best: The Monarch Butterfly, the Porcupine and the Brook Trout

Sep 16, 2017 |

Savour fall with these 10 wonders of autumnal nature – from insects to constellations.

Katydids

Sep 5, 2017 |

Katydids are seldom seen, because they camouflage so well with greenery.

Monarch caterpillar on butterfly milkweed.

Caterpillars and Chrysalides

Aug 17, 2017 |

Caterpillar food plants will summon egg-laying female butterflies to your yard. Then, if sharp-eyed, you may find the minute eggs. More likely you’ll find the caterpillars.

Black swallowtail chrysalis

Chrysalides

Jul 4, 2017 |

With a few exceptions, chrysalides are designed to be overlooked, to allow the wondrous alchemy of metamorphosis to proceed undisturbed.

For Mary and Brad Kruger, living lightly doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort for conscience. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Going off the Grid

Jun 21, 2017 |

For Mary and Brad Kruger, living lightly doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort for conscience.

Bluebird parent with food for young. Photo by John Beaudette.

Bluebirds

Jun 5, 2017 |

The success of bluebird nest boxes tells us that we can help wildlife, if we care enough and have the will.

Gay wings

Woodland Wildflowers

Apr 30, 2017 |

Spring wildflowers are a varied lot, many graced with fanciful names that fire the imaginations of children and adults.

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.