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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".

Transforming Turf into a Meadow Ecosystem

Sep 12, 2022

From a swath of turf grass came a thriving meadow ecosystem full of wild flowers, pollinators and biodiversity.

Hoary Bat. Photo by Brock Fenton.

Bats Aided by Citizen Scientists

Aug 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?

Starstruck

Jun 24, 2022

From a small observatory in a Belfountain backyard, the heavens are revealed.

Movers and Shakers: River Chub

Jun 7, 2022

The breeders and the egg stealers make a river chub nest a happening place in springtime.

Calvin the piebald salamander in 2022. Photo by Don Scallen.

Calvin the Salamander Returns!

May 10, 2022

Calvin and his kin depend on two things for their survival: forest and fishless ponds.

Merlin female close up. Photo by Don Scallen.

Magical Merlins

Apr 17, 2022

Merlins have been recorded nesting in Orangeville, Caledon Village and just south of Headwaters in Georgetown.

Red eft. Photo by don Scallen.

Adapting to Survive

Mar 29, 2022

Animals use camouflage, poison and deception to live another day.

American robin. Photo by Don Scallen.

Signs of Spring

Mar 3, 2022

In March nature pushes against the shackles of winter, and then bursts free with birdsong and butterflies.

Doe with fawn. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Bambi Has a Dark Side

Feb 3, 2022

Deer are lovely but too many can hurt the environment.

Starling resplendent in a new cloak of feathers. Photo by Don Scallen.

Good Bird? Bad Bird?

Jan 5, 2022

Starlings have three strikes against them.

Ravens display neophobia, the fear of new things. Photo by Don Scallen.

Raven Foodies

Dec 4, 2021

Ravens are clever and adaptable, they eat just about anything we do.

Fly agaric. Photo by Don Scallen.

Fall Fungi

Nov 4, 2021

Fungi are mysterious, stunningly diverse, and impactful.

Turtles

Oct 12, 2021

Only two of Ontario’s eight native turtle species are likely to be found here: midland painted turtles and common snapping turtles.

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.

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