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Notes from the Wild


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 and Porcupines, Masters of Defence

Jan 12, 2018 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

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 | Notes from the Wild

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

northern flicker male


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 | Notes from the Wild

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


Sep 5, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Katydids are seldom seen, because they camouflage so well with greenery.

Monarch caterpillar on butterfly milkweed.

Caterpillars and Chrysalides

Aug 17, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Caterpillar food plants will summon egg-laying female butterflies to your yard. Then, if sharp-eyed, you may find the minute eggs. More likely you’ll find the caterpillars.

Black swallowtail chrysalis


Jul 4, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

With a few exceptions, chrysalides are designed to be overlooked, to allow the wondrous alchemy of metamorphosis to proceed undisturbed.

Bluebird parent with food for young. Photo by John Beaudette.


Jun 5, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The success of bluebird nest boxes tells us that we can help wildlife, if we care enough and have the will.

Gay wings

Woodland Wildflowers

Apr 30, 2017 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Spring wildflowers are a varied lot, many graced with fanciful names that fire the imaginations of children and adults.

Cecropia caterpillar on choke cherry.

Trees for Birds

Mar 29, 2017 | Don Scallen | Blogs

If you love birds, and you plant trees or shrubs this spring, please choose native plants.

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