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Notes from the Wild

Blanding's turtle about to cross a road

Imperilled Turtles

May 26, 2014 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

May/June is the time that turtles emerge from a long winter’s dormancy to bask in the sun. Unfortunately fewer and fewer of them appear every spring.

Wood frog female post egg-laying

Wood Frogs

Apr 22, 2014 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Usually wood frogs choose ponds that hold water only temporarily – a roll of the dice that can lead to the death or salvation of their progeny.


Apr 3, 2014 | Don Scallen

Something strange is going on, and the phenomenon is not confined to the Headwaters.

Lightning And Bill Rowe

Snowy Owl Rescue

Mar 5, 2014 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

The winter of 2013-14 has seen a “the largest movement of snowy owls in four or five decades” into southern Canada and the United States.

Snow Buntings

Feb 7, 2014 | Don Scallen

Look for snow buntings every winter, across the windswept fields of Dufferin, Wellington and other open country settings in southern Ontario.

Snowy owl's piercing gaze. Photo by Dan MacNeal.

Snowy Owls

Jan 2, 2014 | Don Scallen | Environment

Hungry snowy owls looking for food in the hills.

Taking time to smell the flowers


Dec 9, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Have groundhogs learned the ability to look both ways before crossing?

Honeybee and crocus

A Bee or not a Bee? That is the question.

Nov 11, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Our understanding of the natural world is often rather muddled. Calling a yellow-jacket a bee is like calling a fox a woodchuck.

Red-backed salamander up close

Red-backed salamander

Oct 17, 2013 | Don Scallen

Red-backed salamanders are abundant, outnumbering all of the reptiles, rodents and birds that share their forest habitat.

Goldfinch male in spring


Sep 18, 2013 | Don Scallen | Environment

Don’t worry about deadheading your perennials after they flower – allow them to go to seed and provide succor to goldfinches and other birds.

Bald faced hornet on bloodflower

Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Aug 28, 2013 | Don Scallen

When I walk into my yard I am greeted by a gloriously diverse menagerie of tiny winged creatures.

The living jewel, the chysalis

Monarch Butterfly – RIP 2026

Aug 9, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Most of us are old enough to remember when monarchs were a frequent sight in meadows and gardens.

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