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Notes from the Wild

Milksnakes

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!

Cowbirds

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.

Timberdoodles

Apr 9, 2013 | Don Scallen

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

Redpolls

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.

Chickadees

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.

Opossums

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.

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 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.

Mimicry

Oct 15, 2012 | Don Scallen

Like everything in nature, mimicry is complex and nuanced.