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Notes from the Wild

Carnivorous Plants

Jul 4, 2023 | Don Scallen

Plants can be killers too, and in Headwaters we have at least three varieties of carnivorous plants that consume small animals.

Wonderful Warblers

Jun 15, 2023 | Don Scallen

Naturalist Don Scallen explores the many species of Warblers found in Ontario; though if you want to see them, you’ll have to leave suburbia.

Streamside Salamanders

May 3, 2023 | Don Scallen

Long-tailed and tiny-legged, these slow moving salamanders face formidable challenges as our urban footprint grows.

Screech Owls

Apr 4, 2023 | Don Scallen

Listen closely for their distinctive vocalizing and you just might manage to catch a peek of these pint-sized predators.

Our Ever Heavier Urban Footprint

Feb 27, 2023 | Don Scallen

As development continues unabated, our growing population and urban footprint will inevitably diminish biodiversity.

Not All Invaders Are Bad

Feb 7, 2023 | Don Scallen

During a trip south, naturalist Don Scallen gets a closer look at introduced lizards in Florida and asks questions about our own invasive species in Ontario.

Nesting Instincts

Jan 6, 2023 | Don Scallen

Most of us have the good fortune to raise our families in safe, comfortable houses. Birds want nothing less. 

Return to the Trout Stream

Dec 1, 2022 | Don Scallen

Rivers in the Headwaters region still flow clean, clear and cool through areas not yet urbanized. This natural heritage is a gift to area residents and well worth protecting.

Crooning Tree Crickets

Nov 3, 2022 | Don Scallen

Male tree crickets – rock stars of the insect realm – sing to attract females, and display other courtship behaviour not so different from ours.

Fascinating Fungi

Oct 5, 2022 | Don Scallen

Fall is the perfect time to get down low and take a closer peek at the stunningly diverse and complex organisms that are fungi

Transforming Turf into a Meadow Ecosystem

Sep 12, 2022 | Don Scallen

From a swath of turf grass came a thriving meadow ecosystem full of wild flowers, pollinators and biodiversity.

Bats Aided by Citizen Scientists

Aug 8, 2022 | Don Scallen

Bats hunt with their astonishing echolocating ability, sending out pulses of sound and then “reading” the returning echoes for the shape signatures of potential prey.