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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".

Cecropia moths stir like phantoms in the twilight

Jun 5, 2010

Moths: as night falls, these denizens flit like phantoms through the twilight world. By Don Scallen.

Warblers are Tropical Emissaries

May 19, 2010

Lured by warm weather and a bonanza of insects, warblers return from tropical realms. By Don Scallen.

In Praise of the Humble Toad

May 3, 2010

The mellifluous trilling of toads resonates through our hills at this time of year. The tranquil sound wafting through an open window on a warm mid-spring eve is delightful.

Spring Peepers

Apr 18, 2010

On warm evenings in April and May our hills awaken to the life affirming voices of spring peepers. Their shrill calls stir the winter weary soul.

April is Salamander Time

Apr 9, 2010

Don Scallen introduces us to three species of salamanders that are starting to appear in our hills. The first half of April is salamander time in our hills.

The delicate feathers of the egret were once eagerly sought by the millinery trade, a fad that led the birds to near extinction. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Herons and Co.

Mar 21, 2010

Herons and egrets wading in local wetlands or silhouetted against blue skies, excite people whenever they are seen. They speak to us of grace, elegance and regal bearing. We would do well to listen to what they have to say.

Red-tailed Hawk. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Soaring Skyward

Jun 18, 2009

Once gleefully slaughtered as “bloodthirsty villains,” hawks have reclaimed their status as lords of the sky.

Canada Warbler. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Warblers: A Storm of Angels

Mar 21, 2009

In Headwaters country eighteen species of warblers flourish among the trees of the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine.

A big brown bat snoozes head down on the trunk of a tree. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Dancing in the Dark

Jun 20, 2008

From dusk until dawn, our local bats perform an aerial ballet, devouring millions of flying insects.

Wetland Restoration? Leave it to Beaver

Mar 23, 2008

If beavers are permitted to help reverse wetland losses, frogs will be among the happy beneficiaries.

The surpassingly beautiful snowy owl comes south when food supplies are low in its arctic home. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Owls

Nov 11, 2007

With piercing eyes and haunting cry, so flies the lord of the midnight sky.

A dewy spiderweb. Photo by Pixabay.

Web Masters

Jun 21, 2007

“What would you rather have, spiders sitting in webs where you can see them, or bugs wandering around undetected?” asks Tom Mason.

Brook Trout

A Strange Fish Story

Mar 22, 2007

More than sixty species of fi sh make their home in the Credit Valley watershed, but many of them are strangers to all but the most avid observers. Let us introduce you.

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.