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.

Unmistakable, noisy blue jays

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Wildflower blossoms decorate our Lake Simcoe area

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By David J. Hawke — Our local woodlots, meadows and wetlands have already been decorated with a wide variety of wildflower blossoms, and it's only going to get better.

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Curiosity, effort and luck reap double reward!

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By David Hawke - The sound coming from our woodlot was eerie, not just because of its sound but that it was the middle of the afternoon. Eerie wails are a night-time thing, when raccoons, fisher and other things that go bump in the night are out and about. It was a single note, drawn out with a downward slide to it, repeated once every two minutes.

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Why our turtles are at risk

20140623 Hawke turtlesBy David Hawke - Over the past few years you may have (should have) noticed new roadside signs being installed that indicate the area is used by turtles to cross the road from one side to the other.

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How to see the 'wee feathered beasties'

2018 05 20 binocs By David Hawke – Taking the time to observe nature is an eons old pastime.

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Turkey Vulture - the roadside cleaner

 

2018 04 28 turkeyvultureBy David Hawke — The word 'catharsis' means to clean or purify, a word brought forward from the ancient Greek language.

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The crime? Raiding the bird feeder. The culprit? Caught! In photos

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By David Hawke — The crime scene, if I may call it that, first appeared rather quiet and orderly.

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Have we learned anything about importing species?

2018 04 15 starling rev

By David Hawke - This week's blog started out to be about European starlings, those somewhat despicable birds that insist on nesting in your mailbox, over the porch entrance, or wherever a deficiency in the exterior of your house occurs. However, as oft occurs when one does research on a subject, distractions happen. This is such a story.

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Trees need moisture, and lots of it

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