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Notes from the Wild

Black-horned tree cricket. Photo by Don Scallen.

Tree Crickets

Nov 3, 2020 | Don Scallen

Singing tree crickets are beautiful. They raise diaphanous wings like miniature sails and vibrate them as they trill their songs.

Hopping and Walkin’ in the Rain

Oct 15, 2020 | Don Scallen

This is the time of year to get out after dark and explore… especially as the rain falls.

Cicada. Photo by Don Scallen.

Singing Insects

Sep 8, 2020 | Don Scallen

You likely won’t see many of these without a little dedicated searching.

milkweed beetle

Beetle Mania

Aug 4, 2020 | Don Scallen

Four beetles among hundreds of thousands, each with a unique story to tell.

Promethea Moths

Jul 6, 2020 | Don Scallen

While most moths release their pheromones after dusk, promethea moth females are an exception.

Red fox kits by their den entrance under an old garage. Photo by Don Scallen.

Red Foxes

Jun 16, 2020 | Don Scallen

The Georgetown fox family is lucky to be living in an older section of town where yards are spacious and tree filled.

Jefferson salamander eggs. Photo by Don Scallen.

Dispatches from a Vernal Pool

May 5, 2020 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Vernal pools, like coral reefs, are theatres showcasing life and death struggles between prey and predators.

Southern flying squirrel. Photo by Kim van Oosterom.

Flying Squirrels

Apr 7, 2020 | Don Scallen

Remarkably, flying squirrels can glide up to 90 metres, though most of their aerial journeys are much shorter.

Otters

Mar 9, 2020 | Don Scallen

The reappearance of otters in our hills is a hopeful sign that the capacity of our rivers and landscapes to support wildlife is improving.

Animal Tracks

Feb 6, 2020 | Don Scallen

Tracks inscribed on snow by unseen animals offer tantalizing multilayered puzzles.

Goldenrod gall predated. Photo by Don Scallen.

Insect Engineers

Jan 10, 2020 | Don Scallen

Football-sized bald-faced hornet nests, hanging from branches, are prominent in the winter landscape.

Trees can host multiple burls and still lead long, robust lives. Photo by Don Scallen.

Burls and Trees on Stilts

Dec 5, 2019 | Don Scallen

The reasons burls grow on trees are still not fully understood, but infection by viruses, fungus and bacteria are likely causes.

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