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Notes from the Wild

Mourning cloak

Spring Butterflies

May 1, 2016 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Five ways butterflies survive the winter.


Mar 28, 2016 | Don Scallen | Blogs

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

Squirrel triumphant atop the feeder


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

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

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.

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