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Milkweed — from noxious weed to environmental star

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By David Hawke -- It’s always interesting to look at the love-hate relationships we have with certain species of wildlife; yesterday’s enemy “suddenly” becomes today’s poster child of environmental goodness. A somewhat recent example is the common milkweed, the wildflower that’s currently in full glorious bloom across our countryside.

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More about butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies and moths

2021 07 20 virgin tiger moth gary yThe Carden Alvar Butterfly and Dragonfly counts were held this past weekend, July 17 and 18, celebrating the 24th official year of this event.

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Check out EVs at the 'Tread Lightly EV Show' July 31

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Did you know that private vehicles contribute to more than half of Barrie’s greenhouse gas emissions?

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LDD moth plague — continued

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    By David J. Hawke -- I had hoped to move this week’s topic along from yet another tirade about invasive species, but woe, I found some really interesting factoids about those fuzzy-wuzzy caterpillars, the gypsy moths. If the trees in your neighbourhood are as defoliated as mine, I’m hoping this information will be worthy of your attention.

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Phragmites spreads at frightening speed

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By David Hawke - Now that the gypsy moth caterpillars are cocooning and no longer bombarding your patio with their poop, you may be at a loss as to what to worry about next. Not a problem, always something of concern “out there.” This week it’s all about phragmites!

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Butterflies get a new place to reside

2021 07 13 Naturecentre milkweedOne of our goals at the Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre is to help save endangered species.

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Making new friends around the world

2021 07 06 BOBBOWLES BY JUNE C. SMALLThe Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre recently had a wonderful opportunity to host a local group called Friendship Force Lake Simcoe.

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The struggle with invasive caterpillars

2021 07 03 caterpillars          By David Hawke -- This week’s column is about gypsy moths; more precisely it’s about the caterpillar stage of the gypsy moth’s life cycle.

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Energetic Rowan wants to be your honey bunny

rowanRowan is a one-year-old lop-eared black bunny who is looking for the perfect home.

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Snap-worthy snappers

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By David Hawke — Throughout June you have a very good chance of seeing a female snapping turtle sitting on the shoulder of the road. Hopefully it is still alive and in one piece when you see it… because sometimes they are not.

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An unusual find: Crawe's Sedge

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Sedges are often overlooked or thought of as clumps of grass.

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So, just what is an alvar?

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Growing up I had always heard my family talk about the Cameron Ranch, now part of the Carden Alvar, northeast of Orillia. I didn't really pay much attention to this neighbouring area. As an adolescent, the landscape looked barren and nearly bleak. Little did I know that years later I would become fascinated with this area.

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Hay — watch out for that bobolink nest!

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By David J. Hawke — Back in the “old days” when we attended school inside a building and had a teacher at the front of the room, June was always a difficult month to get any classwork done. In elementary grades it was a time of field trips (in my area it was always Wye Marsh, Martyr’s Shrine, Ste. Marie Among the Hurons, Huronia Village and/or Simcoe County Museum).

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Help cheeky Magnolia hop into a new home

Magnolia smallMagnolia needs a home where she is queen of the castle.

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A tale of murder and domestic tyranny

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By David Hawke -- With all the media attention these days seeming to be centered around murder, mayhem, family strife and other crises, I bring you a story of the Troglodyte family, consisting of a sweet charmer of a husband who murders to please his wife, and a wife who is so demanding that her husband has to build house after house until her satisfaction is met.

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How to defend your trees from LDD caterpillars

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The sound of the lake may be competing with a crunching and munching noise in the trees these days. The culprit… Lymantria dispar dispar or LDD moth for short (AKA Gypsy Moth), the hot topic of discussion over the past month.

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Sweet-sounding bird songs indicate a war zone

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         Ah, sweet spring… the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. What we perceive to be a peaceful, perhaps even tranquil, scene, however, is actually a war zone. Avian territorial boundaries are constantly being established, challenged, trespassed, defended and realigned. It’s a dynamic world out there!

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Independent 8-mo-old kitten loves to play

Joplin reducedJoplin is a playful and sweet-natured kitten who is looking for someone to welcome her into their life!

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Anting — one of Nature's mysteries

2021 05 29 hawke antingBy David Hawke -- It’s always exciting to learn something new, even if it’s something that others have already discovered and researched.

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True Love for our trilliums

2021 05 22 trilliumsBy David Hawke -- Without a doubt one of the most easily recognized signs of spring is the blooming of the white trilliums in our local woodlots.

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