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Notes from the Wild


Jun 5, 2017 | Don Scallen

The success of bluebird nest boxes tells us that we can help wildlife, if we care enough and have the will.

Woodland Wildflowers

Apr 30, 2017 | Don Scallen

Spring wildflowers are a varied lot, many graced with fanciful names that fire the imaginations of children and adults.

Trees for Birds

Mar 29, 2017 | Don Scallen

If you love birds, and you plant trees or shrubs this spring, please choose native plants.

The Hollywood Finch

Feb 27, 2017 | Don Scallen

The house finch, perhaps more than any other bird species, is a confirmed urbanite, eating the bird seed we provide and cozying up to us at nesting time – hanging flower baskets are favourite nest sites.

Bald Eagles

Feb 2, 2017 | Don Scallen

Luther Marsh is likely the best prospective nesting real estate for bald eagles in the Headwaters region.

Starlings – Birds We Love to Hate

Jan 4, 2017 | Don Scallen

Starlings were introduced to New York City from Europe in the 1890s, there are now more than over 200 million of them in North America.

Mastodon Food

Nov 28, 2016 | Don Scallen

Mastodons fed largely on the twigs and branches of trees but undoubtedly enjoyed fruit as well.

Blue Jays

Oct 25, 2016 | Don Scallen

Blue jays are villains – winged brigands with a penchant for raiding the nests of other birds to devour eggs and nestlings.

Herons and Egrets

Sep 27, 2016 | Don Scallen

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

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.


Jul 29, 2016 | Don Scallen

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

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.