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Barred owl streamside in a hemlock. Photo by Don Scallen.

Barred Owls

Feb 5, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Barred owls, like all owls, exercise a mysterious hold on our psyches. Birders and non-birders alike are drawn to their expressive faces and large liquid eyes.

Evening grosbeaks feeding on sunflower seeds northeast of Shelburne

Boreal Birds

Jan 4, 2019 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Over 300 species, totalling billions of birds rely on Canada’s boreal forest as breeding grounds, some boreal birds are migrating through Headwaters during the winter months.

Common milkweed seeds.

Seeds on the Move

Dec 5, 2018 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

A great many seeds tap into the mobility of birds and animals to spread themselves around.

Northern Booster: Jordyn Stafford, 23, Caledon East. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Northern Booster: Jordyn Stafford

Nov 20, 2018 | Jeff Rollings | 25 Under 25

Caledon East’s Jordyn Stafford lives and works as a youth counsellor in the remote community of Inukjuak in northern Quebec.

Organic Grower: Jordan Tilley, 24, Hillsburgh. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Organic Grower: Jordan Tilley

Nov 20, 2018 | Janice Quirt | 25 Under 25

Jordan Tilley is a dedicated organic farmer at Everdale farm in Hillsburgh.

CSI: Natureworld The Case of Burying Beetle Bob

Nov 2, 2018 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

A CSI probe into Bob’s disappearance has revealed damning evidence linking Sam to the incident!

red-backed salamander

Autumn Salamanders

Oct 2, 2018 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Small wonder so many salamanders are active at this time of year, seeking last suppers of grubs and spiders, crickets and millipedes.

Where Do Old Batteries Go?

Sep 18, 2018 | Anthony Jenkins

These transformers smash enemies of the ecosphere to fertilizer.

Yellow morel ~ Morchella esculenta. Photo by Robert McCaw.

The Meaning of Mushrooms

Sep 18, 2018 | Don Scallen | Food

The Fungus Among Us: The astonishing web of life beneath our feet.

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar, snake mimic. Photo by Don Scallen.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Sep 4, 2018 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

I’ve written about our remarkable caterpillars before, but so many interesting ones inhabit our hills that another look is warranted.

Birdsong – Brought to You by Bugs

Jul 4, 2018 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

I recently had the pleasure of watching a pair of house wren parents feed their babies in a backyard nest box.

Dog-strangling vine. Photo by Rob Routledge | Wikimedia Commons.

Invasive Species in Our Backyard

Jun 19, 2018 | Don Scallen

They’re big. They’re strong. And they’re probably here to stay. But keeping them in check will give native plant species a chance.

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