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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".

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.

milkweed beetle

Beetle Mania

Aug 4, 2020

Four beetles among hundreds of thousands, each with a unique story to tell.

Promethea Moths

Jul 6, 2020

While most moths release their pheromones after dusk, promethea moth females are an exception.

Red fox kits by their den entrance under an old garage. Photo by Don Scallen.

Red Foxes

Jun 16, 2020

The Georgetown fox family is lucky to be living in an older section of town where yards are spacious and tree filled.

Jefferson salamander eggs. Photo by Don Scallen.

Dispatches from a Vernal Pool

May 5, 2020

Vernal pools, like coral reefs, are theatres showcasing life and death struggles between prey and predators.

Southern flying squirrel. Photo by Kim van Oosterom.

Flying Squirrels

Apr 7, 2020

Remarkably, flying squirrels can glide up to 90 metres, though most of their aerial journeys are much shorter.

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