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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".

Spring Butterflies

May 1, 2016

Five ways butterflies survive the winter.


Mar 28, 2016

Muskrats are largely herbivorous – chomping cattail roots and shoots is a favourite pastime.

A Foraged Feast

Mar 21, 2016

Skip the supermarket, find the ingredients for gourmet dining in forest, field and stream.

Wild Leek Soup

Mar 21, 2016

Please harvest wild leeks sustainably, taking only 5 to 15 per cent of a given population a year.

Pineapple Weed Tea

Mar 21, 2016

Pineapple Weed is a member of the aster family, it is easily overlooked because it lacks petals.


Mar 1, 2016

The bird feeder was now far enough from trees to thwart my backyard community of furry filchers.

The Pileated Woodpecker

Jan 30, 2016

Not only do these woodpeckers have remarkable adaptations for excavating wood, they also have acute hearing that allows them to pick up the telltale sounds of ants scurrying within trees.

Red-tailed Hawk

Dec 23, 2015

A red-tailed hawk’s vision can be 10 times more acute than ours.

Camouflage and the Vision of Birds

Nov 25, 2015

How good is your eye? Take our camouflage challenge and test your knowledge.

Talking Turkey

Nov 4, 2015

Turkeys – especially rival tom turkeys can be highly entertaining to watch at this time of year.

Goldenrod and Asters

Oct 12, 2015

Asters and goldenrods are tremendously important wildlife plants.


Sep 16, 2015

We need to learn more about honeybees and other pollinators so we can contribute intelligently to the conversation about their health and well-being.

The Beautiful and Damned – Dying Trees

Sep 11, 2015

Ash is doomed. Beech and butternut hover on the brink.


Aug 12, 2015

The migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds to and from the tropics puzzled early birdwatchers.


Jul 8, 2015

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on earth and can be easily attracted to your garden.

Treefrog Blog

Jun 3, 2015

Treefrogs have adhesive disks on the tips of their fingers that allow them to climb trees.

Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp

May 5, 2015

These aquatic shrimp fairies are aptly named, for they are tiny, gossamer creatures.

Green Herons

Apr 7, 2015

Humans and other animals – not so different. Green herons will sometimes use leaves and other objects to lure fish within striking distance of their rapier-like beaks.