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Notes from the Wild

Calvin the Salamander Returns!

May 10, 2022 | Don Scallen

Calvin and his kin depend on two things for their survival: forest and fishless ponds.

Magical Merlins

Apr 17, 2022 | Don Scallen

Merlins have been recorded nesting in Orangeville, Caledon Village and just south of Headwaters in Georgetown.

Signs of Spring

Mar 3, 2022 | Don Scallen

In March nature pushes against the shackles of winter, and then bursts free with birdsong and butterflies.

Bambi Has a Dark Side

Feb 3, 2022 | Don Scallen

Deer are lovely but too many can hurt the environment.

Good Bird? Bad Bird?

Jan 5, 2022 | Don Scallen

Starlings have three strikes against them.

Raven Foodies

Dec 4, 2021 | Don Scallen

Ravens are clever and adaptable, they eat just about anything we do.

Fall Fungi

Nov 4, 2021 | Don Scallen

Fungi are mysterious, stunningly diverse, and impactful.


Oct 12, 2021 | Don Scallen

Only two of Ontario’s eight native turtle species are likely to be found here: midland painted turtles and common snapping turtles.

To Catch a Fish

Sep 13, 2021 | Don Scallen

Fish are fast, slippery, and camouflaged, designed by evolution to avoid being eaten.


Aug 16, 2021 | Don Scallen

I’ve walked through meadows teeming with wasps, innumerable times, without being stung.

Batesian Mimicry

Jul 7, 2021 | Don Scallen

July is prime butterfly season in Headwaters.


Jun 8, 2021 | Don Scallen

Most of our minnows, like our songbirds, breed in spring and many male minnows, like male songbirds, advertise their reproductive fitness with brilliant colours.