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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".


Sep 18, 2013

Don’t worry about deadheading your perennials after they flower – allow them to go to seed and provide succor to goldfinches and other birds.

Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Aug 28, 2013

When I walk into my yard I am greeted by a gloriously diverse menagerie of tiny winged creatures.

Monarch Butterfly – RIP 2026

Aug 9, 2013

Most of us are old enough to remember when monarchs were a frequent sight in meadows and gardens.


Jul 18, 2013

Milksnakes, a threat to no one except Mickey and Minnie.

Green Frog Blog

Jun 26, 2013

Green frogs sometimes strike out cross country in search of new ponds and new environments, boldly going where no frogs have gone before!


May 27, 2013

Cowbirds, if unlikely to garner much human sympathy, are fascinating creatures.

Spring Sparrows

May 8, 2013

Take time to notice the fox, white-crowned and white-throated sparrows.


Apr 9, 2013

The flight of the timberdoodle should continue through April and can be witnessed at dawn as well as dusk.

Dances with Coyotes

Mar 31, 2013

Humans have long had a love-hate relationship with these ingenious creatures.

Spring’s Wild Beauties

Mar 31, 2013

The heart-gladdening beauty of early wildflowers is a signal all is right in the woodland. Which one is your favourite?


Mar 17, 2013

The redpoll feeding etiquette is decidedly boorish; they jostle each other rudely for favoured perches on the feeders.


Mar 3, 2013

Chickadees are consummate risk takers and they pack a lot of smarts into their tiny bird brains.

Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers

Feb 15, 2013

Hairy woodpeckers brandish large dagger-like beaks; the beaks of downys are smaller and more chisel-like.


Jan 6, 2013

Opossums, having migrated north are also unlikely winter survivalists. Naked ears, feet and tails slough off frozen fragments during our harsh winters.

Evergreen Ferns

Dec 11, 2012

Many ferns boast exquisite form and are splendid photographic subjects. Seeking them is a fine excuse for a late season ramble.

The Death of a Tree

Nov 13, 2012

Denuded and sterilized, the land waits sullenly for the homes and strip malls that characterize the inexorable expansion of Brampton.


Oct 15, 2012

Like everything in nature, mimicry is complex and nuanced.


Aug 28, 2012

Dragonflies have been on Earth an incredibly long time, way before the appearance of the first dinosaurs.