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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".

In the Bleak Midwinter

Nov 20, 2022

Don Scallen explores how birds, mammals and reptiles have adapted to survive our long, trying winter.

Crooning Tree Crickets

Nov 3, 2022

Male tree crickets – rock stars of the insect realm – sing to attract females, and display other courtship behaviour not so different from ours.

Fascinating Fungi

Oct 5, 2022

Fall is the perfect time to get down low and take a closer peek at the stunningly diverse and complex organisms that are fungi

Transforming Turf into a Meadow Ecosystem

Sep 12, 2022

From a swath of turf grass came a thriving meadow ecosystem full of wild flowers, pollinators and biodiversity.

Bats Aided by Citizen Scientists

Aug 8, 2022

Bats hunt with their astonishing echolocating ability, sending out pulses of sound and then “reading” the returning echoes for the shape signatures of potential prey.

Who Pollinates Michigan Lilies?

Jul 14, 2022

Could the answer to my pollination puzzle be butterfly wings?


Jun 24, 2022

From a small observatory in a Belfountain backyard, the heavens are revealed.

Movers and Shakers: River Chub

Jun 7, 2022

The breeders and the egg stealers make a river chub nest a happening place in springtime.

Calvin the Salamander Returns!

May 10, 2022

Calvin and his kin depend on two things for their survival: forest and fishless ponds.

Magical Merlins

Apr 17, 2022

Merlins have been recorded nesting in Orangeville, Caledon Village and just south of Headwaters in Georgetown.

Adapting to Survive

Mar 29, 2022

Animals use camouflage, poison and deception to live another day.

Signs of Spring

Mar 3, 2022

In March nature pushes against the shackles of winter, and then bursts free with birdsong and butterflies.

Bambi Has a Dark Side

Feb 3, 2022

Deer are lovely but too many can hurt the environment.

Good Bird? Bad Bird?

Jan 5, 2022

Starlings have three strikes against them.

Raven Foodies

Dec 4, 2021

Ravens are clever and adaptable, they eat just about anything we do.

Fall Fungi

Nov 4, 2021

Fungi are mysterious, stunningly diverse, and impactful.


Oct 12, 2021

Only two of Ontario’s eight native turtle species are likely to be found here: midland painted turtles and common snapping turtles.

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

Sep 24, 2021

All you need is a smartphone and a love of nature to make valuable contributions to conservation science.