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Notes from the Wild

Bobolinks, Grasslands and Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Jul 25, 2012 | Don Scallen

Bobolinks, though, are only one patch in the quilt of the glorious grassland ecosystem that exists at the Forks.

polyphemus moths

Polyphemus Moths

Jun 24, 2012 | Don Scallen

Moth communication hints at the wealth of cryptic messaging all around us.

Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit

May 14, 2012 | Don Scallen

These plants can switch genders throughout their lives in response to growing conditions.

red admiral

Butterfly Invasion

May 2, 2012 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Twenty times more admirals than normal are moving into the province.


March Madness

Apr 9, 2012 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

The next day spring peepers, chorus frogs and wood frogs heralded the early spring from sylvan pools.

White-Tailed Deer

Mar 17, 2012 | Don Scallen

There are probably more deer now than there were before European settlement.

Butternut Canker

Feb 22, 2012 | Don Scallen

Most of our butternuts are dead or dying, stricken by a fungal disease called butternut canker.

Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles

Jan 31, 2012 | Don Scallen

Help the turtles by signing a petition being circulated by Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles.


Jan 3, 2012 | Don Scallen

Cardinals appear at feeders most frequently at dusk and dawn. Perhaps during the twilight hours they are less visible to predators.

Cedar Waxwings

Dec 12, 2011 | Don Scallen

A lovely shrub that waxwings find irresistible in late fall and early winter is a native holly called “winterberry”.

sugar maple left, Royal Red Norway maple right

Norway Maples

Nov 17, 2011 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Our rural roads and historic schoolhouses may have ended up as dull as suburbia in the fall.

Mantis On Goldenrod

Exotic Species aka Mantis and Honeybee

Oct 22, 2011 | Don Scallen

What has our impact been on native North American wildlife? I think we know the answer to that.

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