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Mudpuppies

Feb 9, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

I was invited to search for mudpuppies in a Wellington County stream last December.

Winter Bird Watching

Jan 12, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

This is a special winter for bird watching in the hills.

Brook Trout

Dec 1, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

There is no guarantee that brook trout will continue to thrive in Caledon, Erin and Dufferin in the years to come.

Tree Crickets

Nov 3, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Singing tree crickets are beautiful. They raise diaphanous wings like miniature sails and vibrate them as they trill their songs.

Hopping and Walkin’ in the Rain

Oct 15, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

This is the time of year to get out after dark and explore… especially as the rain falls.

Singing Insects

Sep 8, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

You likely won’t see many of these without a little dedicated searching.

Beetle Mania

Aug 4, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Four beetles among hundreds of thousands, each with a unique story to tell.

Promethea Moths

Jul 6, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

While most moths release their pheromones after dusk, promethea moth females are an exception.

Red Foxes

Jun 16, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The Georgetown fox family is lucky to be living in an older section of town where yards are spacious and tree filled.

Dispatches from a Vernal Pool

May 5, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Vernal pools, like coral reefs, are theatres showcasing life and death struggles between prey and predators.

Flying Squirrels

Apr 7, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Remarkably, flying squirrels can glide up to 90 metres, though most of their aerial journeys are much shorter.

Otters

Mar 9, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The reappearance of otters in our hills is a hopeful sign that the capacity of our rivers and landscapes to support wildlife is improving.