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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".

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.

Woodland Wildflowers

Apr 30, 2017

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

Trees for Birds

Mar 29, 2017

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

Vernal Pools

Mar 20, 2017

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

8 Ways to Kick Your Grass Habit

Mar 20, 2017

Inspiring tales from those who broke free from the rule of lawn.

The Hollywood Finch

Feb 27, 2017

The house finch, perhaps more than any other bird species, is a confirmed urbanite, eating the bird seed we provide and cozying up to us at nesting time – hanging flower baskets are favourite nest sites.

Bald Eagles

Feb 2, 2017

Luther Marsh is likely the best prospective nesting real estate for bald eagles in the Headwaters region.

Starlings – Birds We Love to Hate

Jan 4, 2017

Starlings were introduced to New York City from Europe in the 1890s, there are now more than over 200 million of them in North America.

Mastodon Food

Nov 28, 2016

Mastodons fed largely on the twigs and branches of trees but undoubtedly enjoyed fruit as well.

Tracking 101

Nov 22, 2016

It’s not just the tracks, but the story they tell.

Blue Jays

Oct 25, 2016

Blue jays are villains – winged brigands with a penchant for raiding the nests of other birds to devour eggs and nestlings.

Herons and Egrets

Sep 27, 2016

Herons, egrets and bitterns are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae.

In Defence of Meadows

Sep 16, 2016

Too often belittled as “idle” land awaiting development – or “rescued” by reforestation – meadows deserve the same protection and respect as our woodlands and wetlands.

True Bugs Suck

Aug 25, 2016

To an entomologist, “true bugs” are insects that suck. No insult intended – they really do suck.

Spiders

Jul 29, 2016

Next time you stumble across a spider try not to scream or reach for a shoe.

Fox Scat: the scoop on poop

Jun 30, 2016

On a Bruce Trail hike I came across a small mound of freshly deposited fox scat.

Caddisflies

May 30, 2016

French artist Hubert Duprat capitalized on this in the 1980s by supplying caddisflies with flecks of gold and tiny precious stones.

Spring Butterflies

May 1, 2016

Five ways butterflies survive the winter.