Skip to content

Notes from the Wild



Jul 18, 2013 | Don Scallen

Milksnakes, a threat to no one except Mickey and Minnie.

Here's looking at you kid!

Green Frog Blog

Jun 26, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Green frogs sometimes strike out cross country in search of new ponds and new environments, boldly going where no frogs have gone before!

male cowbird


May 27, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Cowbirds, if unlikely to garner much human sympathy, are fascinating creatures.

White throated sparrow

Spring Sparrows

May 8, 2013 | Don Scallen | Environment

Take time to notice the fox, white-crowned and white-throated sparrows.


Apr 9, 2013 | Don Scallen

The flight of the timberdoodle should continue through April and can be witnessed at dawn as well as dusk.


Mar 17, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

The redpoll feeding etiquette is decidedly boorish; they jostle each other rudely for favoured perches on the feeders.


Mar 3, 2013 | Don Scallen

Chickadees are consummate risk takers and they pack a lot of smarts into their tiny bird brains.

Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers

Feb 15, 2013 | Don Scallen

Hairy woodpeckers brandish large dagger-like beaks; the beaks of downys are smaller and more chisel-like.



Jan 6, 2013 | Don Scallen

Opossums, having migrated north are also unlikely winter survivalists. Naked ears, feet and tails slough off frozen fragments during our harsh winters.

Christmas fern

Evergreen Ferns

Dec 11, 2012 | Don Scallen

Many ferns boast exquisite form and are splendid photographic subjects. Seeking them is a fine excuse for a late season ramble.

The downed elm

The Death of a Tree

Nov 13, 2012 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Denuded and sterilized, the land waits sullenly for the homes and strip malls that characterize the inexorable expansion of Brampton.

viceroy, the monarch mimic


Oct 15, 2012 | Don Scallen

Like everything in nature, mimicry is complex and nuanced.

Submit Your Event

Submit your community, arts or nonprofit event to What's On in the print edition and online calendar of In The Hills. It's quick and it's free.

Add Your Community Event

In The Hills

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.