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Notes from the Wild

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.

Calvin the Salamander

May 4, 2021 | Don Scallen

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander.

Life Renewed

Apr 12, 2021 | Don Scallen

There is much to quicken the pulse at this time of year. So much to see, hear and appreciate.

Winter Ducks

Mar 1, 2021 | Don Scallen

For sheer visual pleasure it’s hard to beat the splendour of ducks on a sunny winter’s day.


Feb 9, 2021 | Don Scallen

I was invited to search for mudpuppies in a Wellington County stream last December.

Winter Bird Watching

Jan 12, 2021 | Don Scallen

This is a special winter for bird watching in the hills.

Brook Trout

Dec 1, 2020 | Don Scallen

There is no guarantee that brook trout will continue to thrive in Caledon, Erin and Dufferin in the years to come.

In The Hills

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.