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Calvin the piebald salamander in 2022. Photo by Don Scallen.

Calvin the Salamander Returns!

May 10, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Calvin and his kin depend on two things for their survival: forest and fishless ponds.

Merlin female close up. Photo by Don Scallen.

Magical Merlins

Apr 17, 2022 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Merlins have been recorded nesting in Orangeville, Caledon Village and just south of Headwaters in Georgetown.

Red eft. Photo by don Scallen.

Adapting to Survive

Mar 29, 2022 | Don Scallen

Animals use camouflage, poison and deception to live another day.

In November 2021 Caledon residents participated in a protest in Bolton calling on the Ford government to cancel Highway 413. Organized by Environmental Defence, protests against 413 and the Bradford Bypass were held the same day in Holland Landing, King City and Mississauga. Photo courtesy Jenni Le Forestier.

Why Highway 413 is a Bad Idea

Mar 29, 2022 | Debbe Crandall

The “zombie” highway will hurt the environment, fail to solve the problems it aims to address – and there are better ideas to explore.

American robin. Photo by Don Scallen.

Signs of Spring

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

In March nature pushes against the shackles of winter, and then bursts free with birdsong and butterflies.

Doe with fawn. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Bambi Has a Dark Side

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

Deer are lovely but too many can hurt the environment.

Starling resplendent in a new cloak of feathers. Photo by Don Scallen.

Good Bird? Bad Bird?

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

Starlings have three strikes against them.

Ravens display neophobia, the fear of new things. Photo by Don Scallen.

Raven Foodies

Dec 4, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Ravens are clever and adaptable, they eat just about anything we do.

Fly agaric. Photo by Don Scallen.

Fall Fungi

Nov 4, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Fungi are mysterious, stunningly diverse, and impactful.

Turtles

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

Only two of Ontario’s eight native turtle species are likely to be found here: midland painted turtles and common snapping turtles.

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

Sep 24, 2021 | Don Scallen

All you need is a smartphone and a love of nature to make valuable contributions to conservation science.

Kingfisher. Photo by Don Scallen.

To Catch a Fish

Sep 13, 2021 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Fish are fast, slippery, and camouflaged, designed by evolution to avoid being eaten.

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.