Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

David Hawke is a naturalist who is well known for his outdoor writing and photography. David has worked for several agencies and organizations around Lake Simcoe. In his weekly blog, he shares his observations and insights related to our local natural environment.

'Along the line of smoky hills...'

2018 11 04 leaf.blower

By David Hawke -- There are certain, unmistakable, signs of seasonal change.

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Successful warriors or invasive species?

2018 10 28 YellowIrisBy David Hawke -- Halloween can be scary, but even scarier invasive plants are already amongst us!

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Busy as a beaver

2018 10 21 beaver

By David J. Hawke -- Autumn is not so much a time to pause and reflect on summer, as it is a time to prepare for winter.

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Autumn is for artists

            2018 10 13 mapleleaves

By David Hawke -- Autumn is for artists.

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Autumn brings stirring winds

2018 10 06 thunderheadBy David Hawke - Physics is the science that deals with the relationships between matter and energy.

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Fabulous fall fungi

 2018 10 01 fungi

By David Hawke -- Early October is mushroom season! Now is the time to look for fabulous fall fungi popping up in woodlots all across the region.

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Hummingbirds begin astounding migration

2018 09 22 hummingbird small

By David Hawke - There is a fascination with migration that shows up every autumn.

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The curious life of a walking stick

2018 09 17 Walking Stick 499

By David Hawke -- Any hiker who has covered more than a couple of kilometres will attest to the usefulness of a walking stick. However, 'walking sticks' can be more than an ornately carved tree branch -- they can also be very interesting insects.

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Unmistakable, noisy blue jays

2018 09 08 bluejay

By David Hawke - Although most of September is still officially summer, a lot of autumnal events start to roll out early in the month.

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Open your eyes and ears to Nature

2018 09 01 June.Mack.Williams.Forest

By David Hawke -- It's amazing how easy it is to let your natural skills go to waste.

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Good reading for anyone who eats food

2018 08 26 straw     By David Hawke - By now I would think most of us have seen those car window stickers that proclaim "Farmers Feed Cities." Believe it. It's a simple truth.

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Murder of a crow?

 

2018 08 19 smallcrowBy David Hawke - Finding dead birds while on a country walk is somewhat unusual, although it does happen from time to time.

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Barn swallows need the right conditions to nest

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By David Hawke - It seems that some farmers will do anything to best their neighbour.

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Luckily for us, dragonflies eat mosquitoes

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By David Hawke - Spiders make some people jump. Bees and hornets make some people cringe. Mosquitos and deer flies make some people crazy. And then there are the dragonflies.

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Hunt is on for scaly wings

2018 07 22 swallowtail revBy David Hawke -- Every July they emerge to scour the countryside, long-handled nets at the ready.

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Nature's darker side

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By David Hawke (Photo by Chris Tomasini) -- As I write this, and certainly by the time you read it, the subject of today's column likely will be dead.

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A dewdrop fell from a small flower - a tiny link in Nature's chain

2018 07 07 woodsorrel         

By David Hawke -- A vibration caused a dewdrop to quiver and fall from the leaf of a small flower that is growing at the base of a cedar tree... 

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The Nature of Canada

2018 07 01 canadaflag

By David Hawke  -- "The Nature of Canada" is the course title of a program that I have the privilege of co-teaching at Lakehead University in Orillia.

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Giant silk moths are big, bold, beautiful – and fascinating

2018 06 25 Cecropia small

By David Hawke -- They are big. They are bold. They are beautiful. They are elusive yet unmistakable when found. If you think I'm talking about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie you are so in the wrong column.

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Chasing cows - not a favourite sport

2018 06 17 cattle small

 

By David Hawke — It's been a while since I wrote an article about cattle.

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