Don Scallen enjoys sharing his love of nature through his writing and presentations. Check out his blog "Notes from the Wild".
GroundhogsDec 9, 2013
Have groundhogs learned the ability to look both ways before crossing?
A Bee or not a Bee? That is the question.Nov 11, 2013
Our understanding of the natural world is often rather muddled. Calling a yellow-jacket a bee is like calling a fox a woodchuck.
Red-backed salamanderOct 17, 2013
Red-backed salamanders are abundant, outnumbering all of the reptiles, rodents and birds that share their forest habitat.
GoldfinchesSep 18, 2013
Don’t worry about deadheading your perennials after they flower – allow them to go to seed and provide succor to goldfinches and other birds.
Pollinator Friendly GardensAug 28, 2013
When I walk into my yard I am greeted by a gloriously diverse menagerie of tiny winged creatures.
Monarch Butterfly – RIP 2026Aug 9, 2013
Most of us are old enough to remember when monarchs were a frequent sight in meadows and gardens.
MilksnakesJul 18, 2013
Milksnakes, a threat to no one except Mickey and Minnie.
Green Frog BlogJun 26, 2013
Green frogs sometimes strike out cross country in search of new ponds and new environments, boldly going where no frogs have gone before!
CowbirdsMay 27, 2013
Cowbirds, if unlikely to garner much human sympathy, are fascinating creatures.
Spring SparrowsMay 8, 2013
Take time to notice the fox, white-crowned and white-throated sparrows.
TimberdoodlesApr 9, 2013
The flight of the timberdoodle should continue through April and can be witnessed at dawn as well as dusk.
Dances with CoyotesMar 31, 2013
Humans have long had a love-hate relationship with these ingenious creatures.
Spring’s Wild BeautiesMar 31, 2013
The heart-gladdening beauty of early wildflowers is a signal all is right in the woodland. Which one is your favourite?
RedpollsMar 17, 2013
The redpoll feeding etiquette is decidedly boorish; they jostle each other rudely for favoured perches on the feeders.
ChickadeesMar 3, 2013
Chickadees are consummate risk takers and they pack a lot of smarts into their tiny bird brains.
Hairy and Downy WoodpeckersFeb 15, 2013
Hairy woodpeckers brandish large dagger-like beaks; the beaks of downys are smaller and more chisel-like.
OpossumsJan 6, 2013
Opossums, having migrated north are also unlikely winter survivalists. Naked ears, feet and tails slough off frozen fragments during our harsh winters.
Evergreen FernsDec 11, 2012
Many ferns boast exquisite form and are splendid photographic subjects. Seeking them is a fine excuse for a late season ramble.