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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.

Yellow Lady’s Slippers

Jun 5, 2018 | Don Scallen | Blogs

These botanical wonders sport whimsical – you guessed it – slipper-shaped blossoms.

Chorus frogs are even smaller than spring peepers. They can perch comfortably on the ends of index fingers.

Chorus Frogs

May 14, 2018 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Chorus frogs are vulnerable to a who’s who of predators from ground-foraging birds, to shrews, to big spiders to small snakes.

Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits

Mar 30, 2018 | Don Scallen | Blogs

Cottontails conceal themselves in dense thickets of shrubs and brambles.

The annual Fire & Ice Festival culminates with a giant bonfire at Alton Mill Arts Centre. Courtesy Alton Mill.

Reimagining Tourism

Mar 26, 2018 | Liz Beatty | Community

Can sharing our way of life help sustain it?

Maple Syrup Traditions in Headwaters

Mar 26, 2018 | Tony Reynolds | Farming

Sugaring off is a time-honoured ritual in the hills.

Rose-breasted grosbeak, May 16. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Spring Hikes on The Bruce Trail

Mar 26, 2018 | Don Scallen

Along the Bruce Trail, spring is the time to slow to a saunter 
and see, hear and scent nature’s renewal.

American naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir sauntered through Headwaters in 1864. He came to Ontario to avoid conscription into the Civil War.

John Muir

Mar 26, 2018 | Don Scallen

A saunter through the hills in 1864.

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