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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.

A Forest is More Than Its Trees

Sep 18, 2020 | Don Scallen

From deep in the earth to high in the sky, forests shelter teeming life.

The brilliantly plumed scarlet tanager is the only one of hundreds of tanager species that breeds in Headwaters before heading to the tropics for the winter. Photo by Robert McCaw.

These Flora and Fauna Rely On Forests

Sep 18, 2020 | Don Scallen

Here are six plants and animals, representative of myriad others, that depend completely on forests.

A Poetic Take on a Pest

Sep 18, 2020 | Marilyn Boyle

Caledon poet Marilyn Boyle takes the gypsy moth caterpillar as her latest subject after her oak tree was decimated in the summer of 2020.

Cicada. Photo by Don Scallen.

Singing Insects

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

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

milkweed beetle

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.

Where the Moose and the Elk Used to Roam

Mar 24, 2020 | Don Scallen

Wildlife populations in Dufferin and Caledon have come and gone over the past few centuries, most dramatically since European settlement. Some species have vanished from the landscape. Others have arrived. Now things are changing again.

Snooping On Wildlife

Mar 24, 2020 | Anthony Jenkins

Trail (or game) cameras are rugged, motion-activated devices about a quarter the size of a loaf 
of bread and meant for extended, remote use outdoors.

My Foray Into Foraging

Mar 24, 2020 | Ruth Ann Pearce | Food

How I learned to find and cook spring’s local bounty.

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.

Animal Tracks

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

Tracks inscribed on snow by unseen animals offer tantalizing multilayered puzzles.

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