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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.

Goldenrod gall predated. Photo by Don Scallen.

Insect Engineers

Jan 10, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Football-sized bald-faced hornet nests, hanging from branches, are prominent in the winter landscape.

Trees can host multiple burls and still lead long, robust lives. Photo by Don Scallen.

Burls and Trees on Stilts

Dec 5, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The reasons burls grow on trees are still not fully understood, but infection by viruses, fungus and bacteria are likely causes.

Activist Nancy Urekar has hoisted a sign and marched along Broadway in Orangeville every Friday at noon since January. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Cause for Commotion: Nancy Urekar

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Local Heroes

Local climate change activist pounds the Orangeville pavement weekly to get her message out.

Ready or Not, Winter Storms Are on the Way

Nov 22, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins

Howling blizzards, ice storms, power outages. Emergency services are on high alert, but when disaster strikes, the first line of defence is you.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Nov 22, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins

Handy lists for the items you’ll need and the steps you’ll want to take before you hunker down at home or hit the road in an emergency.

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