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Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Jul 5, 2024 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Underwater video taken at local conservation areas capture the male Pumpkinseed sunfish in action

A Marooned Grebe

Jun 6, 2024 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Without a proper ‘runway’, horned grebes are unable to achieve lift-off, effectively leaving them stranded if they happen to land in small watering holes.

Calvin, the Navigator

May 7, 2024 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

This well-known salamander’s unexplained navigational super-power rivals the precision of our best GPS systems.

In Praise of Holes

Apr 8, 2024 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

In nature, hole digging is replete with meaning, helping countless animals survive.

Borrowed Credit

Mar 4, 2024 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

A recent documentary, “Living on Borrowed Credit”, takes a discerning look at the future of the Credit River and its brook trout populations. 

Five-lined Skinks

Jan 25, 2024 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Ontario’s only lizard species happens to be one that utilises a clever survival tactic — dropping its tail when scared.

Ontario Rattlesnakes and Their Mimics

Jan 8, 2024 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Rattlesnakes in Ontario are largely harmless, save for the Massasauga rattlesnake, the only venomous one in the province.

Three Species That Ontario Has Lost

Dec 6, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

As habitats shrink, these three animals have become ‘extirpated herptiles’ — reptiles and amphibians that are now regionally extinct in Ontario.

Walking Sticks

Nov 6, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Look closely in the forests of Headwaters and you’ll find walking sticks, one of nature’s cleverly disguised doppelgängers.

Caterpillars Darwin Would Love

Oct 12, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

With UV flashlight in hand, strolling in the night-shrouded escarpment woods reveals fantastic caterpillars, some of which glow under a black light.

A Monarch Magnet

Sep 5, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The sweet nectar of liatris ligulistylis is renowned for its ability to lure monarch butterflies to gardens.

Midsummer Pollinator Plants

Aug 8, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Summer holidays might be halfway over, but the bees are still having a field day thanks to these flowering pollinator plants