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Hemlocks

Sep 15, 2008 | Linda McLaren | Autumn 2008 | Back Issues | Departments | Headwaters Sketchbook

Tiny cones hang down at branch tips, over winter they will open and release seed.

Local Farm, to Local Food, to Local Fuel

Jun 20, 2008 | Tim Shuff | Back Issues

The Everpure Biodiesel Co-op aims to put the ‘bio’ back in biofuels.

Loggerhead shrike eggs. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Raising Cain

Jun 20, 2008 | Tony Maxwell | Back Issues

The provincial growth plans have focussed on the cities but “there’s been nothing about the spaces in between,” he says. “If we want farming to be an integral part of the GTA, the province has to turn its attention to the next step, which is creating a viable protected countryside economy.”

A big brown bat snoozes head down on the trunk of a tree. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Dancing in the Dark

Jun 20, 2008 | Don Scallen

From dusk until dawn, our local bats perform an aerial ballet, devouring millions of flying insects.

Capitalists, Millionaires and Worldly Pleasures

Jun 20, 2008 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues | Countryside Digest | Departments | Summer 2008

A British study suggests that for every minute you walk, you live about three minutes longer. You’re not using time, you’re generating time.

Grasses

Jun 20, 2008 | Linda McLaren | Back Issues | Departments | Headwaters Sketchbook | Summer 2008

Grasses have flowers just like roses or daisies.

Wetland Restoration? Leave it to Beaver

Mar 23, 2008 | Don Scallen | Back Issues | Spring 2008

If beavers are permitted to help reverse wetland losses, frogs will be among the happy beneficiaries.

Field of Schemes

Mar 23, 2008 | Jeff Rollings | Back Issues

There’s a population boom coming to Headwaters. Where will all the people go and what will it mean for our countryside?

Enough of Zoomburb

Mar 23, 2008 | Signe Ball | Back Issues

When I moved to Caledon from Toronto in 1974, feeling all starry-eyed and back-to-the-landish, as befitted the mood of the times, the population of the newly minted “town” was just shy of 20,000. Although already well in transition, the character of the community was still very much a reflection of its historic agricultural roots. Our…

honeybee

Bursting bubbles, boosterisms and commoner sense

Mar 23, 2008 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues | Countryside Digest | Departments | Spring 2008

Boost “Deficit spending is already beyond belief, and the country is hugely indebted, as are households. The housing bubble has already burst. The Federal Reserve has made clear it will reduce interest rates if the economy gets worse, but there, too, are limits. “I’m not an economist, but the only new tool I can think…

Eastern Meadowlark

Mar 23, 2008 | Linda McLaren | Back Issues | Departments | Headwaters Sketchbook | Spring 2008

Eastern Meadowlarks decline 24% in 20 years.

Hares

Nov 15, 2007 | Linda McLaren | Back Issues | Departments | Headwaters Sketchbook | Winter 2007

In the spring breeding season hares indulge in boxing matches.

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