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Survivor with a heart of gold

2020 02 18 DonnieDonnie is a wonderful, one-of-a-kind kitty.

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What lurks beyond the patio's glow?

2020 02 16 nightsky

By David Hawke -- A few evenings ago there appeared in the night sky a wonderfully lit half moon, surrounded by the sparkle and glint of thousands of stars. While standing outside in the new fallen snow I immediately went back (in my memories) to a similar night years ago when I had been asked by a local resort to take their weekend guests on a wintertime evening hike.

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Groundhog Day is a silly excuse for a winter celebration

2020 02 08 groundhog By David Hawke -- As you may recall, dear and faithful reader, about a decade ago I proposed a halt to this silly thing called Groundhog Day.

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Mystery winter visitor

2020 02 01 butterfly

By David J. Hawke -- Those of us who seek out nature either for pleasure or for business are often hard-pressed to discover something new during the winter months. Migration and hibernation took most species away from view, and the few critters that remain visible become, after a time, "same old-same old". Maybe a new bird will show up at the feeder, but this season is nothing like the late spring-early summer overwhelming rush of blooming flowers and singing birds.

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Sweet Lasagna is a social butterfly

2020 01 30 Lasagna

How sweet is Lasagna?

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Local history, naturally

2020 01 27 nathistoryBy David Hawke -- When one stops to think about the history of an area, the usual first impression is of the people who populated the landscape and the results of their efforts.

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Snowy owls often photographed to death

2020 01 20 owl.brush

By David Hawke -- The provincial bird emblem for Quebec is the snowy owl, and there are a number of them hanging around southern Ontario this winter. That's okay for them to be here, as 'our' provincial icon, the common loon, frequents La Belle Province quite a bit in the summer months. Bit of a trade off.

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Some bunny to love for Valentine's!

2020 0 16 Gomez

Happy Valentine's Day! 

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Scottie has become quite the cuddly fellow

2020 01 14 scottie

How much do our volunteers love our cats? Here's one of several cartoons that was drawn by Furry Friends Animal Shelter volunteer Serena of some of the long-time residents at the animal rescue centre in Barrie.

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Many ways of adapting to winter

2020 01 11 hibernate

By David Hawke -- The shortest day of the year is in December and the coldest days are in February, but the month with the most short, cold days is certainly January.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! This female pair needs rat-savvy home together

2020 011 freddy queen

Queen and Freddy are hoping to find a home together.

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Sweet cats need a home together

2020 01 08 sophie

2020 01 08 ella

Ella and Sophie are a special pair of kitties who came to Furry Friends AnimalShelter through extremely sad circumstances.

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Life continues at a lively pace during Winter months

2020 01 05 owl

By David Hawke -- It seems fitting that the winter solstice, which marked the lengthening of daylight hours, coincided with this extended thaw. Within the big cycle of life, certain things happen in winter-time, whether or not the snowdrifts are piled over your car or barely over your boot-tops.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Sweetheart Gibby loves attention

2020 01 03 gibby

Meet Gibby, a six-year-old gentle soul who is looking for his forever home in the new year!

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Guest — .
Oh my is he ever beautiful. I would love to come see him. I am looking for a cat.
Sunday, 05 January 2020 20:33
Johanna Powell
You can see him at Pet Valu, 165 Wellington St W., Barrie.
Sunday, 05 January 2020 20:56
Guest — Judith mulhall
I am interested in gibby
Sunday, 05 January 2020 20:39
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On preserving traditional knowledge

2019 12 30 moon

By David Hawke -- If you look up at the moon and it's a lovely crescent shape... can you determine how long until the next full moon?

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Sweet little guinea pig needs a home to retire

2019 12 20 Gouda

Gouda is the sweetest little guinea going.

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Chickadee survival tactics revealed!

2019 12 21 chickadee

By David Hawke -- The wildlife of our area, if they are programmed to stay and survive winter, are subjected to a rolling schedule of feast then famine. Food abundance can and does disappear overnight, whether the cause be weather (hey, it snowed last night... a lot!) or migration (hey, where'd everybody go?). To get by until springtime many changes must be undertaken, sometimes physiological, sometime with behaviours.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Marvellous Mena is cuddly and outgoing

2019 12 17 Mena

This marvellous seven-month-old kitten is waiting to meet you right now at Pet Valu Barrie Wellington St.

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Immediate home needed for sweet male cat

2019 12 16 poseidon

Poseidon is a loving, gentle soul who gets along well with other cats, but not dogs.

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Red-bellied woodpecker rare but expanding in the Lake Simcoe area

2019 12 14 red belliedwoodpecker

By David Hawke -- I admit I was rushing when I went out the door... places to go, people to see... so my sudden appearance was indeed a surprise to the gathered flock of birds. Blue jays bolted this-away, chickadees flitted that-away and two black squirrels almost had a head-on collision as escape branches were grasped for! But then a new shape was noted, a new pattern of feathers, enough of a difference that I halted half-way across the deck for a better look-see.

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