Notes from the Wild
Ontario’s only lizard species happens to be one that utilises a clever survival tactic — dropping its tail when scared.
Rattlesnakes in Ontario are largely harmless, save for the Massasauga rattlesnake, the only venomous one in the province.
As habitats shrink, these three animals have become ‘extirpated herptiles’ — reptiles and amphibians that are now regionally extinct in Ontario.
Look closely in the forests of Headwaters and you’ll find walking sticks, one of nature’s cleverly disguised doppelgängers.
With UV flashlight in hand, strolling in the night-shrouded escarpment woods reveals fantastic caterpillars, some of which glow under a black light.
The sweet nectar of liatris ligulistylis is renowned for its ability to lure monarch butterflies to gardens.
Summer holidays might be halfway over, but the bees are still having a field day thanks to these flowering pollinator plants
Plants can be killers too, and in Headwaters we have at least three varieties of carnivorous plants that consume small animals.
Naturalist Don Scallen explores the many species of Warblers found in Ontario; though if you want to see them, you’ll have to leave suburbia.
Long-tailed and tiny-legged, these slow moving salamanders face formidable challenges as our urban footprint grows.
Listen closely for their distinctive vocalizing and you just might manage to catch a peek of these pint-sized predators.
As development continues unabated, our growing population and urban footprint will inevitably diminish biodiversity.