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Carnivorous Plants

Jul 4, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Plants can be killers too, and in Headwaters we have at least three varieties of carnivorous plants that consume small animals.

Wonderful Warblers

Jun 15, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Naturalist Don Scallen explores the many species of Warblers found in Ontario; though if you want to see them, you’ll have to leave suburbia.

Streamside Salamanders

May 3, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Long-tailed and tiny-legged, these slow moving salamanders face formidable challenges as our urban footprint grows.

Screech Owls

Apr 4, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Listen closely for their distinctive vocalizing and you just might manage to catch a peek of these pint-sized predators.

Our Ever Heavier Urban Footprint

Feb 27, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

As development continues unabated, our growing population and urban footprint will inevitably diminish biodiversity.

Not All Invaders Are Bad

Feb 7, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

During a trip south, naturalist Don Scallen gets a closer look at introduced lizards in Florida and asks questions about our own invasive species in Ontario.

Nesting Instincts

Jan 6, 2023 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Most of us have the good fortune to raise our families in safe, comfortable houses. Birds want nothing less. 

Return to the Trout Stream

Dec 1, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Rivers in the Headwaters region still flow clean, clear and cool through areas not yet urbanized. This natural heritage is a gift to area residents and well worth protecting.

Crooning Tree Crickets

Nov 3, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Male tree crickets – rock stars of the insect realm – sing to attract females, and display other courtship behaviour not so different from ours.

Fascinating Fungi

Oct 5, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Fall is the perfect time to get down low and take a closer peek at the stunningly diverse and complex organisms that are fungi

Transforming Turf into a Meadow Ecosystem

Sep 12, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

From a swath of turf grass came a thriving meadow ecosystem full of wild flowers, pollinators and biodiversity.

Bats Aided by Citizen Scientists

Aug 8, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Bats hunt with their astonishing echolocating ability, sending out pulses of sound and then “reading” the returning echoes for the shape signatures of potential prey.