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Flight of the Bumblebee (and other pollinators)

Jun 15, 2010 | Don Scallen | Back Issues | Summer 2010

In “Flight of the Bumblebee” Don Scallen says we owe a debt of gratitude to pollinating insects for keeping food on the tables of the human race!

This sculpture by Kristina Priebe, 16, a Grade 11 student at Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School, was one of the winning entries in a competition sponsored by the Town of Caledon asking students to visualize the town’s future.

Imagining the Future

Jun 15, 2010 | Jeff Rollings | Back Issues

It’s called community-based planning, and with it citizens hope to shape a sustainable future in the hills.

Fordlandia, Flying Machines and Formulas for Success

Jun 15, 2010 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues | Countryside Digest | Departments | Summer 2010

An American town in the Brazilian jungle, J. Paul Getty and Mark Twain. Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

Cicadas

Jun 15, 2010 | Linda McLaren | Back Issues | Departments | Headwaters Sketchbook | Summer 2010

Headwaters Sketchbook — Cicadas buzz-saw through the silence of a sweltering August mid-afternoon.

Cecropia Moths Stir Like Phantoms in the Twilight

Jun 5, 2010 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Cecropia moths: Strange and wonderful phantoms of the twilight world.

Warblers are Tropical Emissaries

May 19, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Notes from the Wild

Lured by warm weather and a bonanza of insects, warblers return from tropical realms. By Don Scallen.

In Praise of the Humble Toad

May 3, 2010 | Don Scallen | Blogs | Notes from the Wild

The mellifluous trilling of toads resonates through our hills at this time of year. The tranquil sound wafting through an open window on a warm mid-spring eve is delightful.

Spring Peepers

Apr 18, 2010 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

On warm evenings in April and May our hills awaken to the life affirming voices of spring peepers. Their shrill calls stir the winter weary soul.

April is Salamander Time

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

Don Scallen introduces us to three species of salamanders that are starting to appear in our hills. The first half of April is salamander time in our hills.

The Greenbelt: Letting the Belt out a Notch or Two

Mar 21, 2010 | Jeff Rollings | Back Issues

Should the Greenbelt be expanded? The central purpose of the plan is to protect farmland and environmentally sensitive land on the urban fringe.

Agriculture in the Greenbelt

Mar 21, 2010 | Jeff Rollings | Back Issues

In recent years farmers have been subjected to a plethora of regulations related to environmental protection and food safety. Has the pendulum swung too far?

The delicate feathers of the egret were once eagerly sought by the millinery trade, a fad that led the birds to near extinction. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Herons and Co.

Mar 21, 2010 | Don Scallen | Back Issues | Spring 2010

Herons and egrets wading in local wetlands or silhouetted against blue skies, excite people whenever they are seen. They speak to us of grace, elegance and regal bearing. We would do well to listen to what they have to say.

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