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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 | Blogs

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.

I’d love science to explore the possibility that two of our local tree species, beech and hemlock, might also be co-operating through fungal networks.

Tree Co-operation

Nov 12, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The research into the co-operative nature of trees is in its infancy.

Caligraphic beetle

Night Creatures

Oct 8, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Most of the nocturnal critters my friends and I find are insects, but spiders, millipedes and amphibians also appear in our flashlight beams.

River World

Sep 16, 2019 | Don Scallen

The Credit, the Humber, the Grand and the Nottawasaga rivers are home to a lively community of creatures that form a complex, interdependent web of life.

The Flight of the Mayflies

Sep 14, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The annual emergence of mayflies, wherever it occurs, brings predictable responses.

Amazing Beavers

Aug 6, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

This serendipitous meeting with a near-sighted beaver was my favorite type of wildlife encounter!

Freeliving caddisfly larva from the Credit River in Alton. Photo by Don Scallen.

Benthic Invertebrates

Jul 3, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

The abundance of these aquatic larvae in our streams and rivers is a good thing.

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