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Black swallowtail chrysalis

Chrysalides

Jul 4, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

With a few exceptions, chrysalides are designed to be overlooked, to allow the wondrous alchemy of metamorphosis to proceed undisturbed.

Bluebird parent with food for young. Photo by John Beaudette.

Bluebirds

Jun 5, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

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

Gay wings

Woodland Wildflowers

Apr 30, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

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

Cecropia caterpillar on choke cherry.

Trees for Birds

Mar 29, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

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.

Starling at a feeder

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.

Laurie May Head Shot - Photo by Rosemary Hasner

From “In the Hills” to “On the Hills”

Dec 8, 2016 | Laurie May

These Two Blue Boots are moving on to find new adventures.

Mastodon Food

Nov 28, 2016 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

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

blue Jay

Blue Jays

Oct 25, 2016 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

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

Green heron

Herons and Egrets

Sep 27, 2016 | Don Scallen

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

Ambush Bug

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.

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