Don Scallen enjoys sharing his love of nature through his writing and presentations. Check out his blog "Notes from the Wild".
DragonfliesAug 28, 2012
Dragonflies have been on Earth an incredibly long time, way before the appearance of the first dinosaurs.
Giant Swallowtail ButterfliesAug 9, 2012
Giant swallowtail caterpillars are branded as “orange dogs” in the American south because they eat the foliage of citrus crops including orange trees.
Bobolinks, Grasslands and Forks of the Credit Provincial ParkJul 25, 2012
Bobolinks, though, are only one patch in the quilt of the glorious grassland ecosystem that exists at the Forks.
Polyphemus MothsJun 24, 2012
Moth communication hints at the wealth of cryptic messaging all around us.
Jack in the PulpitMay 14, 2012
These plants can switch genders throughout their lives in response to growing conditions.
Butterfly InvasionMay 2, 2012
Twenty times more admirals than normal are moving into the province.
March MadnessApr 9, 2012
The next day spring peepers, chorus frogs and wood frogs heralded the early spring from sylvan pools.
Spring’s Croaking ChorusMar 23, 2012
Ten species of frogs and toads share our landscape, a rich assemblage of hopping amphibians for such a northerly clime.
White-Tailed DeerMar 17, 2012
There are probably more deer now than there were before European settlement.
Butternut CankerFeb 22, 2012
Most of our butternuts are dead or dying, stricken by a fungal disease called butternut canker.
Friends of Ontario Snapping TurtlesJan 31, 2012
Help the turtles by signing a petition being circulated by Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles.
CardinalsJan 3, 2012
Cardinals appear at feeders most frequently at dusk and dawn. Perhaps during the twilight hours they are less visible to predators.
Cedar WaxwingsDec 12, 2011
A lovely shrub that waxwings find irresistible in late fall and early winter is a native holly called “winterberry”.
Foul-Weather FriendsNov 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.
Norway MaplesNov 17, 2011
Our rural roads and historic schoolhouses may have ended up as dull as suburbia in the fall.
Exotic Species aka Mantis and HoneybeeOct 22, 2011
What has our impact been on native North American wildlife? I think we know the answer to that.
Meetings with Remarkable TreesSep 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.
WrensAug 30, 2011
Both male and female wrens generate a potpourri of chatter – a profusion of messaging rivaling the texting of human teenagers.