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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".

Butterfly Invasion

May 2, 2012

Twenty times more admirals than normal are moving into the province.

March Madness

Apr 9, 2012

The next day spring peepers, chorus frogs and wood frogs heralded the early spring from sylvan pools.

Spring’s Croaking Chorus

Mar 23, 2012

Ten species of frogs and toads share our landscape, a rich assemblage of hopping amphibians for such a northerly clime.

White-Tailed Deer

Mar 17, 2012

There are probably more deer now than there were before European settlement.

Butternut Canker

Feb 22, 2012

Most of our butternuts are dead or dying, stricken by a fungal disease called butternut canker.

Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles

Jan 31, 2012

Help the turtles by signing a petition being circulated by Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles.


Jan 3, 2012

Cardinals appear at feeders most frequently at dusk and dawn. Perhaps during the twilight hours they are less visible to predators.

Cedar Waxwings

Dec 12, 2011

A lovely shrub that waxwings find irresistible in late fall and early winter is a native holly called “winterberry”.

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.

Norway Maples

Nov 17, 2011

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

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.


Aug 30, 2011

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

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.

Caterpillars & Butterflies

Jul 25, 2011

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


Jul 6, 2011

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

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.