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Notes from the Wild

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.

Redpoll feeding on aster seeds. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Winter Bird Watching

Jan 12, 2021 | Don Scallen

This is a special winter for bird watching in the hills.

Brook Trout

Dec 1, 2020 | Don Scallen

There is no guarantee that brook trout will continue to thrive in Caledon, Erin and Dufferin in the years to come.

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

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.

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