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Notes from the Wild


Dec 9, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

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

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

Oct 17, 2013 | Don Scallen

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


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.

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.

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.


Jul 18, 2013 | Don Scallen

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

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!


May 27, 2013 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

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

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.

In The Hills

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