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Notes from the Wild

Fishers have been Lured South

May 3, 2011 | Don Scallen | Environment

Fishers are said to attack porcupines in a particularly grisly manner.

The Jefferson Salamander

Apr 5, 2011 | Don Scallen

The Jefferson salamander is a cause célèbre locally because of its very restricted range in Canada.

Merlins

Mar 14, 2011 | Don Scallen

Merlins in Caledon would have been almost unthinkable 25 years ago. At that time, except on migration, Merlins seldom strayed south of the lakes and forests of the Canadian Shield.

Great Horned Owls

Feb 14, 2011 | Don Scallen | Environment

Great horned owls along with other members of the owl tribe are gifted with adaptive traits beyond their acute senses.

Winter Bird Counting

Jan 17, 2011 | Don Scallen | Environment

The Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition that entices naturalists to down steaming cups of pre-dawn coffee and then head out birding at first light.

Elms

Nov 28, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs

I grew up in the shade of elm trees that arched magnificently across the suburban street where I lived as a young boy. Then, one by one they began to die.

Brook Trout

Nov 3, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Make sure to enter Don’s “Name these fish” contest (see details in this article). Deadline: November 30th!

Vultures

Oct 11, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Despite their “refined” eating habits, vultures have traits that endear us.

Spiders: Intricate Weavers

Sep 20, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

On cool September mornings, dew reveals the intricate weavings of spiders.

Monarchs: Children of the Sun

Aug 30, 2010 | Don Scallen

Monarchs are children of the sun. The boldness of Sol this summer has energized their life cycle.

Underwing Moths

Aug 9, 2010 | Don Scallen

Nighttime flyers with a sweet tooth! (ironic considering they have no teeth at all!). If you plan to host a dinner party for them, a mélange of sugary foods and alcohol is called for.

Snapping Turtles

Jul 21, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Grist for spinners of tall tales, snapping turtles are on the verge of becoming endangered. May these reptiles of prehistoric visage long patrol our wetlands.

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