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Snowflakes, sap and socialist plots

Nov 20, 2010 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues | Countryside Digest | Departments | Winter 2010

Unfortunately, Bentley’s love of snow was not reciprocated: He died of pneumonia in 1931 after walking home in a blizzard.

Matching Birds to Food

Nov 20, 2010 | Linda McLaren

The WINTER 2010 edition of the Headwaters Sketchbook: Matching Birds to Food.

Vultures

Oct 11, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Notes from the Wild

Despite their “refined” eating habits, vultures have traits that endear us.

Spiders: Intricate Weavers

Sep 20, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Notes from the Wild

On cool September mornings, dew reveals the intricate weavings of spiders.

Has the Cat Come Back?

Sep 13, 2010 | Don Scallen

The last cougar in Ontario was shot at Creemore in 1884. Now, after the passage of more than a century, a modest “re-wilding” is underway. But what of the cougar? Has the cat come back?

Apple

Spotty apples, sleepy bees and mad economists

Sep 13, 2010 | Douglas G. Pearce | Autumn 2010 | Back Issues | Countryside Digest | Departments

Spotty Apples, Sleepy Bees and Mad Economists. Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

Treasure Boxes

Sep 13, 2010 | Linda McLaren | Autumn 2010 | Back Issues | Departments | Headwaters Sketchbook

Headwaters Sketchbook — A rainy day in October, a good day to open treasure boxes and dream of summers past or plan a winter holiday on tropical beaches.

Monarchs: Children of the Sun

Aug 30, 2010 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Monarchs are children of the sun. The boldness of Sol this summer has energized their life cycle.

Underwing Moths

Aug 9, 2010 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Nighttime flyers with a sweet tooth! (ironic considering they have no teeth at all!). If you plan to host a dinner party for them, a mélange of sugary foods and alcohol is called for.

Snapping Turtles

Jul 21, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Notes from the Wild

Grist for spinners of tall tales, snapping turtles are on the verge of becoming endangered. May these reptiles of prehistoric visage long patrol our wetlands.

Bumblebees

Jul 5, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Notes from the Wild

At this time of year when we celebrate Canada Day, Don Scallen celebrates the hardy bumblebee, the “true Canadian” of the insect world.

Showy Lady’s Slipper orchids

Jun 18, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Notes from the Wild

With its glorious pink and white blossoms and thumb-sized pouches, this orchid is perhaps the most exquisite of all our wildflowers.

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