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Notes from the Wild

Monarch nectaring on New England Aster

Goldenrod and Asters

Oct 12, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Asters and goldenrods are tremendously important wildlife plants.



Sep 16, 2015 | Don Scallen

We need to learn more about honeybees and other pollinators so we can contribute intelligently to the conversation about their health and well-being.


Aug 12, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

The migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds to and from the tropics puzzled early birdwatchers.

Black swallowtail


Jul 8, 2015 | Don Scallen

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on earth and can be easily attracted to your garden.

Gray treefrog calling

Treefrog Blog

Jun 3, 2015 | Don Scallen

Treefrogs have adhesive disks on the tips of their fingers that allow them to climb trees.

Fairy shrimp female

Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp

May 5, 2015 | Don Scallen

These aquatic shrimp fairies are aptly named, for they are tiny, gossamer creatures.

Green Herons

Apr 7, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Humans and other animals – not so different. Green herons will sometimes use leaves and other objects to lure fish within striking distance of their rapier-like beaks.

Bur oaks spread their muscular limbs on the Peel Plain

Bur Oaks

Mar 6, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Why do so many sentinel bur oaks grace farm fields in Caledon and other parts of southern Ontario?

Mourning doves at the bird feeder buffet

Avian immigrants and bird-feeding

Feb 9, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Bird feeding has been largely responsible for the expansion of cardinals and mourning doves into Ontario.

House sparrow male in winter

House Sparrows

Jan 12, 2015 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

House sparrows may now be the most abundant and widespread bird on Earth, occupying every continent except Antarctica.

Beech leaves in fall

Beech trees

Dec 10, 2014 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Beech are being destroyed at heartbreaking speed by an introduced pathogen called beech bark disease.

Trout Stream

Where the wild things are

Nov 8, 2014 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Where brook trout flourish, expect other exquisite wild things.

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