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Notes from the Wild

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

Good Bird? Bad Bird?

Jan 5, 2022 | Don Scallen

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

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

Fungi are mysterious, stunningly diverse, and impactful.

Turtles

Oct 12, 2021 | Don Scallen

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

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

Great golden digger wasp. Photo by Don Scallen.

Wasps

Aug 16, 2021 | Don Scallen

I’ve walked through meadows teeming with wasps, innumerable times, without being stung.

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

Batesian Mimicry

Jul 7, 2021 | Don Scallen

July is prime butterfly season in Headwaters.

Minnows

Jun 8, 2021 | Don Scallen

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

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander.

Red elderberry flower buds

Life Renewed

Apr 12, 2021 | Don Scallen

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

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

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

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