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Black swallowtail, another pipevine swallowtail mimic. Photo by Don Scallen.

Batesian Mimicry

Jul 7, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

July is prime butterfly season in Headwaters.

Minnows

Jun 8, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Most of our minnows, like our songbirds, breed in spring and many male minnows, like male songbirds, advertise their reproductive fitness with brilliant colours.

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander. Photo by Don Scallen.

Calvin the Salamander

May 4, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander.

Red elderberry flower buds

Life Renewed

Apr 12, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

There is much to quicken the pulse at this time of year. So much to see, hear and appreciate.

Red-breasted merganser are fish eaters, equipped with serrated bills to grip their slippery prey. Photo by Don Scallen.

Winter Ducks

Mar 1, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

For sheer visual pleasure it’s hard to beat the splendour of ducks on a sunny winter’s day.

Mudpuppies

Feb 9, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

I was invited to search for mudpuppies in a Wellington County stream last December.

Redpoll feeding on aster seeds. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Winter Bird Watching

Jan 12, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

This is a special winter for bird watching in the hills.

Brook Trout

Dec 1, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

There is no guarantee that brook trout will continue to thrive in Caledon, Erin and Dufferin in the years to come.

Black-horned tree cricket. Photo by Don Scallen.

Tree Crickets

Nov 3, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Singing tree crickets are beautiful. They raise diaphanous wings like miniature sails and vibrate them as they trill their songs.

Hopping and Walkin’ in the Rain

Oct 15, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

This is the time of year to get out after dark and explore… especially as the rain falls.

Cicada. Photo by Don Scallen.

Singing Insects

Sep 8, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

You likely won’t see many of these without a little dedicated searching.

milkweed beetle

Beetle Mania

Aug 4, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Four beetles among hundreds of thousands, each with a unique story to tell.

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