Don Scallen enjoys sharing his love of nature through his writing and presentations. Check out his blog "Notes from the Wild".
Micro – cosmos in your yardAug 23, 2011
Many new point-and-shoot cameras have a macro focus function, allowing you to take close-up photos of miniature creatures.
Caterpillars & ButterfliesJul 25, 2011
Most butterfly caterpillars will mature and form chrysalides within two or three weeks.
RaccoonsJul 6, 2011
We need to learn how to coexist with these fellow opportunists.
Luna MothsJun 8, 2011
If you have seen a luna moth recently in Headwaters please let us know.
Fishers have been Lured SouthMay 3, 2011
Fishers are said to attack porcupines in a particularly grisly manner.
The Jefferson SalamanderApr 5, 2011
The Jefferson salamander is a cause célèbre locally because of its very restricted range in Canada.
MerlinsMar 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 OwlsFeb 14, 2011
Great horned owls along with other members of the owl tribe are gifted with adaptive traits beyond their acute senses.
Winter Bird CountingJan 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.
ElmsNov 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 TroutNov 3, 2010
Make sure to enter Don’s “Name these fish” contest (see details in this article). Deadline: November 30th!
VulturesOct 11, 2010
Despite their “refined” eating habits, vultures have traits that endear us.
Spiders: Intricate WeaversSep 20, 2010
On cool September mornings, dew reveals the intricate weavings of spiders.
Has the Cat Come Back?Sep 13, 2010
The last cougar in Ontario was shot at Creemore in 1884. Now, after the passage of more than a century, a modest “re-wilding” is underway. But what of the cougar? Has the cat come back?
Monarchs: Children of the SunAug 30, 2010
Monarchs are children of the sun. The boldness of Sol this summer has energized their life cycle.
Underwing MothsAug 9, 2010
Nighttime flyers with a sweet tooth! (ironic considering they have no teeth at all!). If you plan to host a dinner party for them, a mélange of sugary foods and alcohol is called for.
Snapping TurtlesJul 21, 2010
Grist for spinners of tall tales, snapping turtles are on the verge of becoming endangered. May these reptiles of prehistoric visage long patrol our wetlands.
BumblebeesJul 5, 2010
At this time of year when we celebrate Canada Day, Don Scallen celebrates the hardy bumblebee, the “true Canadian” of the insect world.