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Notes from the Wild

Green heron

Herons and Egrets

Sep 27, 2016 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Herons, egrets and bitterns are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae.

Ambush Bug

True Bugs Suck

Aug 25, 2016 | Don Scallen | Environment

To an entomologist, “true bugs” are insects that suck. No insult intended – they really do suck.

Crab spider

Spiders

Jul 29, 2016 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Next time you stumble across a spider try not to scream or reach for a shoe.

Red Fox courtesy Ian Jarvie

Fox Scat: the scoop on poop

Jun 30, 2016 | Don Scallen | Blogs

On a Bruce Trail hike I came across a small mound of freshly deposited fox scat.

caddisfly case made of shells and cedar needles

Caddisflies

May 30, 2016 | Don Scallen

French artist Hubert Duprat capitalized on this in the 1980s by supplying caddisflies with flecks of gold and tiny precious stones.

Mourning cloak

Spring Butterflies

May 1, 2016 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Five ways butterflies survive the winter.

Muskrats

Mar 28, 2016 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Muskrats are largely herbivorous – chomping cattail roots and shoots is a favourite pastime.

Squirrel triumphant atop the feeder

Supersquirrel

Mar 1, 2016 | Don Scallen

The bird feeder was now far enough from trees to thwart my backyard community of furry filchers.

Pileated woodpecker in a tree. Photo by Ian Jarvie.

The Pileated Woodpecker

Jan 30, 2016 | Don Scallen

Not only do these woodpeckers have remarkable adaptations for excavating wood, they also have acute hearing that allows them to pick up the telltale sounds of ants scurrying within trees.

Red-tailed hawk in white pine

Red-tailed Hawk

Dec 23, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

A red-tailed hawk’s vision can be 10 times more acute than ours.

Camouflage Five

Camouflage and the Vision of Birds

Nov 25, 2015 | Don Scallen

How good is your eye? Take our camouflage challenge and test your knowledge.

Talking Turkey

Nov 4, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Turkeys – especially rival tom turkeys can be highly entertaining to watch at this time of year.

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