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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".

Home Sweet Home

Jan 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 Stream

Dec 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 Midwinter

Nov 20, 2022

Don Scallen explores how birds, mammals and reptiles have adapted to survive our long, trying winter.

Crooning Tree Crickets

Nov 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 Fungi

Oct 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 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.

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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.