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Notes from the Wild

white tailed deer head shot

White-Tailed Deer

Mar 17, 2012 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

There are probably more deer now than there were before European settlement.

Butternut canker colonized by another fungus species

Butternut Canker

Feb 22, 2012 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Most of our butternuts are dead or dying, stricken by a fungal disease called butternut canker.

Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles

Jan 31, 2012 | Don Scallen

Help the turtles by signing a petition being circulated by Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles.

Female cardinal at the winter bird count. Photo by Peter McMullen

Cardinals

Jan 3, 2012 | Don Scallen | Environment

Cardinals appear at feeders most frequently at dusk and dawn. Perhaps during the twilight hours they are less visible to predators.

Cedar Waxwings

Dec 12, 2011 | Don Scallen

A lovely shrub that waxwings find irresistible in late fall and early winter is a native holly called “winterberry”.

sugar maple left, Royal Red Norway maple right

Norway Maples

Nov 17, 2011 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Our rural roads and historic schoolhouses may have ended up as dull as suburbia in the fall.

Mantis On Goldenrod

Exotic Species aka Mantis and Honeybee

Oct 22, 2011 | Don Scallen

What has our impact been on native North American wildlife? I think we know the answer to that.

Both male and female wrens generate a potpourri of chatter - a profusion of messaging rivaling the texting of human teenagers. Photo by Don Scallen

Wrens

Aug 30, 2011 | Don Scallen | Environment

Both male and female wrens generate a potpourri of chatter – a profusion of messaging rivaling the texting of human teenagers.

Jumping spider. Fear not – this nightmarish creature is about the size of a pea. Photo by Don Scallen

Micro – cosmos in your yard

Aug 23, 2011 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Environment

Many new point-and-shoot cameras have a macro focus function, allowing you to take close-up photos of miniature creatures.

Tiger swallowtail nectaring on petunia

Caterpillars & Butterflies

Jul 25, 2011 | Don Scallen

Most butterfly caterpillars will mature and form chrysalides within two or three weeks.

Raccoon peering around a tree trunk

Raccoons

Jul 6, 2011 | Don Scallen | Blogs

We need to learn how to coexist with these fellow opportunists.

luna moth close up

Luna Moths

Jun 8, 2011 | Don Scallen

If you have seen a luna moth recently in Headwaters please let us know.

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