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Hoary Bat. Photo by Brock Fenton.

Bats Aided by Citizen Scientists

Aug 8, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Bats hunt with their astonishing echolocating ability, sending out pulses of sound and then “reading” the returning echoes for the shape signatures of potential prey.

Who Pollinates Michigan Lilies?

Jul 14, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Could the answer to my pollination puzzle be butterfly wings?

Movers and Shakers: River Chub

Jun 7, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The breeders and the egg stealers make a river chub nest a happening place in springtime.

Calvin the piebald salamander in 2022. Photo by Don Scallen.

Calvin the Salamander Returns!

May 10, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Calvin and his kin depend on two things for their survival: forest and fishless ponds.

Merlin female close up. Photo by Don Scallen.

Magical Merlins

Apr 17, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Merlins have been recorded nesting in Orangeville, Caledon Village and just south of Headwaters in Georgetown.

American robin. Photo by Don Scallen.

Signs of Spring

Mar 3, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

In March nature pushes against the shackles of winter, and then bursts free with birdsong and butterflies.

Doe with fawn. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Bambi Has a Dark Side

Feb 3, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Deer are lovely but too many can hurt the environment.

Starling resplendent in a new cloak of feathers. Photo by Don Scallen.

Good Bird? Bad Bird?

Jan 5, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Starlings have three strikes against them.

Ravens display neophobia, the fear of new things. Photo by Don Scallen.

Raven Foodies

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

Ravens are clever and adaptable, they eat just about anything we do.

Fly agaric. Photo by Don Scallen.

Fall Fungi

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

Fungi are mysterious, stunningly diverse, and impactful.

Turtles

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

Only two of Ontario’s eight native turtle species are likely to be found here: midland painted turtles and common snapping turtles.

Kingfisher. Photo by Don Scallen.

To Catch a Fish

Sep 13, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Fish are fast, slippery, and camouflaged, designed by evolution to avoid being eaten.

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