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Notes from the Wild

Bumblebees

Jul 5, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

At this time of year when we celebrate Canada Day, Don Scallen celebrates the hardy bumblebee, the “true Canadian” of the insect world.

Showy Lady’s Slipper orchids

Jun 18, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

With its glorious pink and white blossoms and thumb-sized pouches, this orchid is perhaps the most exquisite of all our wildflowers.

Cecropia moths stir like phantoms in the twilight

Jun 5, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Moths: as night falls, these denizens flit like phantoms through the twilight world. By Don Scallen.

Warblers are Tropical Emissaries

May 19, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Lured by warm weather and a bonanza of insects, warblers return from tropical realms. By Don Scallen.

In Praise of the Humble Toad

May 3, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

The mellifluous trilling of toads resonates through our hills at this time of year. The tranquil sound wafting through an open window on a warm mid-spring eve is delightful.

Spring Peepers

Apr 18, 2010 | Don Scallen

On warm evenings in April and May our hills awaken to the life affirming voices of spring peepers. Their shrill calls stir the winter weary soul.

April is Salamander Time

Apr 9, 2010 | Don Scallen

Don Scallen introduces us to three species of salamanders that are starting to appear in our hills. The first half of April is salamander time in our hills.

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