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northern flicker male

Flickers

Oct 29, 2017 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Northern flickers are boldly and beautifully marked woodpeckers that are common throughout the Headwaters.

Beautiful wood nymph caterpillar.

Night Creatures

Oct 17, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Night Hikes – A purposeful walk along a path, playing a flashlight over leaves, branches and trunks will reveal wonders.

Fall’s Best: The Monarch Butterfly, the Porcupine and the Brook Trout

Sep 16, 2017 | Don Scallen | Environment

Savour fall with these 10 wonders of autumnal nature – from insects to constellations.

Katydids

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

Katydids are seldom seen, because they camouflage so well with greenery.

Monarch caterpillar on butterfly milkweed.

Caterpillars and Chrysalides

Aug 17, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Caterpillar food plants will summon egg-laying female butterflies to your yard. Then, if sharp-eyed, you may find the minute eggs. More likely you’ll find the caterpillars.

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.

For Mary and Brad Kruger, living lightly doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort for conscience. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Going off the Grid

Jun 21, 2017 | Don Scallen | Environment

For Mary and Brad Kruger, living lightly doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort for conscience.

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 | Blogs

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 | Blogs

If you love birds, and you plant trees or shrubs this spring, please choose native plants.

Eastern red-spotted newt, juvenile or eft phase. Photo by Robert Mccaw.

Vernal Pools

Mar 20, 2017 | Don Scallen | Environment

These fleeting spring wetlands are factories of biodiversity. Unusual winters threaten vernal pools, as do hot, dry summers.

Deborah Wilson and her husband Bruce replaced the grass in their front yard with a ground cover of colourful, maintenance-free species geraniums, while a more diverse perennial garden flourishes in their backyard. Photo by Don Scallen.

8 Ways to Kick Your Grass Habit

Mar 20, 2017 | Don Scallen | Environment

Inspiring tales from those who broke free from the rule of lawn.

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