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Notes from the Wild

Great Horned Owls

Feb 14, 2011 | Don Scallen | Environment

Great horned owls along with other members of the owl tribe are gifted with adaptive traits beyond their acute senses.

Winter Bird Counting

Jan 17, 2011 | Don Scallen | Environment

The Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition that entices naturalists to down steaming cups of pre-dawn coffee and then head out birding at first light.

Elms

Nov 28, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs

I grew up in the shade of elm trees that arched magnificently across the suburban street where I lived as a young boy. Then, one by one they began to die.

Brook Trout

Nov 3, 2010 | Don Scallen

Make sure to enter Don’s “Name these fish” contest (see details in this article). Deadline: November 30th!

Vultures

Oct 11, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Despite their “refined” eating habits, vultures have traits that endear us.

Spiders: Intricate Weavers

Sep 20, 2010 | Don Scallen

On cool September mornings, dew reveals the intricate weavings of spiders.

Monarchs: Children of the Sun

Aug 30, 2010 | Don Scallen

Monarchs are children of the sun. The boldness of Sol this summer has energized their life cycle.

Underwing Moths

Aug 9, 2010 | Don Scallen

Nighttime flyers with a sweet tooth! (ironic considering they have no teeth at all!). If you plan to host a dinner party for them, a mélange of sugary foods and alcohol is called for.

Snapping Turtles

Jul 21, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Grist for spinners of tall tales, snapping turtles are on the verge of becoming endangered. May these reptiles of prehistoric visage long patrol our wetlands.

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

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

Cecropia moths: Strange and wonderful phantoms of the twilight world.