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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".

Common redpoll. Photo by Robert McCaw

Foul-Weather Friends

Nov 21, 2011

Birds are drawn to feeders like Saturday morning coffee drinkers to Tim Hortons. The presence of birds in the winter landscape is life-affirming.

sugar maple left, Royal Red Norway maple right

Norway Maples

Nov 17, 2011

Our rural roads and historic schoolhouses may have ended up as dull as suburbia in the fall.

Mantis On Goldenrod

Exotic Species aka Mantis and Honeybee

Oct 22, 2011

What has our impact been on native North American wildlife? I think we know the answer to that.

Meetings with Remarkable Trees

Sep 9, 2011

We revel in their beauty, relax in their shade and are calmed by the soothing sound of their leaves soughing in the wind.

Both male and female wrens generate a potpourri of chatter - a profusion of messaging rivaling the texting of human teenagers. Photo by Don Scallen


Aug 30, 2011

Both male and female wrens generate a potpourri of chatter – a profusion of messaging rivaling the texting of human teenagers.

Jumping spider. Fear not – this nightmarish creature is about the size of a pea. Photo by Don Scallen

Micro – cosmos in your yard

Aug 23, 2011

Many new point-and-shoot cameras have a macro focus function, allowing you to take close-up photos of miniature creatures.

Tiger swallowtail nectaring on petunia

Caterpillars & Butterflies

Jul 25, 2011

Most butterfly caterpillars will mature and form chrysalides within two or three weeks.

Raccoon peering around a tree trunk


Jul 6, 2011

We need to learn how to coexist with these fellow opportunists.

luna moth close up

Luna Moths

Jun 8, 2011

If you have seen a luna moth recently in Headwaters please let us know.

Fishers have been Lured South

May 3, 2011

Fishers are said to attack porcupines in a particularly grisly manner.

The Jefferson Salamander

Apr 5, 2011

The Jefferson salamander is a cause célèbre locally because of its very restricted range in Canada.

Merlin fledgling in Caledon. Photo by Kelly Flear.


Mar 14, 2011

Merlins in Caledon would have been almost unthinkable 25 years ago. At that time, except on migration, Merlins seldom strayed south of the lakes and forests of the Canadian Shield.

Great Horned Owls

Feb 14, 2011

Great horned owls along with other members of the owl tribe are gifted with adaptive traits beyond their acute senses.

Winter Bird Counting

Jan 17, 2011

The Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition that entices naturalists to down steaming cups of pre-dawn coffee and then head out birding at first light.


Nov 28, 2010

I grew up in the shade of elm trees that arched magnificently across the suburban street where I lived as a young boy. Then, one by one they began to die.

Brook Trout

Nov 3, 2010

Make sure to enter Don’s “Name these fish” contest (see details in this article). Deadline: November 30th!


Oct 11, 2010

Despite their “refined” eating habits, vultures have traits that endear us.

Spiders: Intricate Weavers

Sep 20, 2010

On cool September mornings, dew reveals the intricate weavings of spiders.

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.