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Notes from the Wild

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar, snake mimic. Photo by Don Scallen.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Sep 4, 2018 | Don Scallen | Environment

I’ve written about our remarkable caterpillars before, but so many interesting ones inhabit our hills that another look is warranted.

Tiger swallowtail. Photo by Don Scallen.

Flight of the Butterfly

Aug 3, 2018 | Don Scallen

To the casual observer the flight of a butterfly appears haphazard and inefficient, something like the bobbing of a cork on turbulent waters.

Birdsong – Brought to You by Bugs

Jul 4, 2018 | Don Scallen | Environment

I recently had the pleasure of watching a pair of house wren parents feed their babies in a backyard nest box.

Yellow Lady’s Slippers

Jun 5, 2018 | Don Scallen | Blogs

These botanical wonders sport whimsical – you guessed it – slipper-shaped blossoms.

Chorus frogs are even smaller than spring peepers. They can perch comfortably on the ends of index fingers.

Chorus Frogs

May 14, 2018 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Chorus frogs are vulnerable to a who’s who of predators from ground-foraging birds, to shrews, to big spiders to small snakes.

Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits

Mar 30, 2018 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Cottontails conceal themselves in dense thickets of shrubs and brambles.

Mink

Mink: Master Predators

Mar 5, 2018 | Don Scallen | Environment

Winter is the best time to find evidence of mink. With snow cover, mink tracks can readily be found along streams or the verges of ponds and lakes.

Snowy owl on hydro line. Photo by Ian Jarvie.

How to Find Owls

Feb 2, 2018 | Don Scallen | Environment

Myths, legends and modern literature feature owls, a notable example being Hedwig the snowy owl, loyal companion of Harry Potter.

Skunks

Skunks and Porcupines, Masters of Defence

Jan 12, 2018 | Don Scallen

Skunks, in contrast to porcupines, are positively cuddly with soft, luxuriant fur, just begging to be stroked.

A Headwaters’ Giant

Dec 5, 2017 | Don Scallen

Do you know of a bigger tree in the Headwaters Region?

northern flicker male

Flickers

Oct 29, 2017 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Northern flickers are boldly and beautifully marked woodpeckers that are common throughout the Headwaters.

Beautiful wood nymph caterpillar.

Night Creatures

Oct 17, 2017 | Don Scallen

Night Hikes – A purposeful walk along a path, playing a flashlight over leaves, branches and trunks will reveal wonders.

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