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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".

Rose-breasted grosbeak, May 16. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Spring Hikes on The Bruce Trail

Mar 26, 2018

Along the Bruce Trail, spring is the time to slow to a saunter 
and see, hear and scent nature’s renewal.

American naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir sauntered through Headwaters in 1864. He came to Ontario to avoid conscription into the Civil War.

John Muir

Mar 26, 2018

A saunter through the hills in 1864.

Mink

Mink: Master Predators

Mar 5, 2018

Winter is the best time to find evidence of mink. With snow cover, mink tracks can readily be found along streams or the verges of ponds and lakes.

Snowy owl on hydro line. Photo by Ian Jarvie.

How to Find Owls

Feb 2, 2018

Myths, legends and modern literature feature owls, a notable example being Hedwig the snowy owl, loyal companion of Harry Potter.

Skunks

Skunks and Porcupines, Masters of Defence

Jan 12, 2018

Skunks, in contrast to porcupines, are positively cuddly with soft, luxuriant fur, just begging to be stroked.

A Headwaters’ Giant

Dec 5, 2017

Do you know of a bigger tree in the Headwaters Region?

northern flicker male

Flickers

Oct 29, 2017

Northern flickers are boldly and beautifully marked woodpeckers that are common throughout the Headwaters.

Beautiful wood nymph caterpillar.

Night Creatures

Oct 17, 2017

Night Hikes – A purposeful walk along a path, playing a flashlight over leaves, branches and trunks will reveal wonders.

Notes From The Wild

Notes From the Wild

Sep 25, 2017

Don Scallen enjoys sharing his love of nature through his writing and presentations. Check out his blog “Notes from the Wild”.

Fall’s Best: The Monarch Butterfly, the Porcupine and the Brook Trout

Sep 16, 2017

Savour fall with these 10 wonders of autumnal nature – from insects to constellations.

Katydids

Sep 5, 2017

Katydids are seldom seen, because they camouflage so well with greenery.

Monarch caterpillar on butterfly milkweed.

Caterpillars and Chrysalides

Aug 17, 2017

Caterpillar food plants will summon egg-laying female butterflies to your yard. Then, if sharp-eyed, you may find the minute eggs. More likely you’ll find the caterpillars.

Black swallowtail chrysalis

Chrysalides

Jul 4, 2017

With a few exceptions, chrysalides are designed to be overlooked, to allow the wondrous alchemy of metamorphosis to proceed undisturbed.

For Mary and Brad Kruger, living lightly doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort for conscience. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Going off the Grid

Jun 21, 2017

For Mary and Brad Kruger, living lightly doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort for conscience.

Bluebird parent with food for young. Photo by John Beaudette.

Bluebirds

Jun 5, 2017

The success of bluebird nest boxes tells us that we can help wildlife, if we care enough and have the will.

Gay wings

Woodland Wildflowers

Apr 30, 2017

Spring wildflowers are a varied lot, many graced with fanciful names that fire the imaginations of children and adults.

Cecropia caterpillar on choke cherry.

Trees for Birds

Mar 29, 2017

If you love birds, and you plant trees or shrubs this spring, please choose native plants.

Eastern red-spotted newt, juvenile or eft phase. Photo by Robert Mccaw.

Vernal Pools

Mar 20, 2017

These fleeting spring wetlands are factories of biodiversity. Unusual winters threaten vernal pools, as do hot, dry summers.

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.