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Notes from the Wild

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.


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.

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.


Mar 1, 2016 | Don Scallen

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

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

Dec 23, 2015 | Don Scallen

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

Camouflage and the Vision of Birds

Nov 25, 2015 | Don Scallen

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

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.