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Mystery insect is tree squirrel bot fly

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By Bob Bowles -- Any live bug in Simcoe County in late March -- other than the occasional woolly bear, snow flea, or winter stonefly – is, of course, extremely interesting. Therefore, I was intrigued to receive a message from an Orillia resident with a report and photo of a yellow and black bumblebee-like creature she discovered crawling over a neatly folded pile of clean laundry inside her house. She felt this was unusual and asked if I could identify it. 

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The dance of the hares

2020 03 29 hare

By David Hawke -- It is now well into March so I assume that you know what that means… it’s rabbit dancing season! The term ‘mad as a March hare’ was coined to describe the courtship antics of both rabbits and hares, at least for the male members of the species.

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Homes on flood plains prone to Spring flooding

2020 03 21 watersheds with pic

By David Hawke -- In the coming week, if you watch the 6pm news or, if you’re still young enough to stay up, the 11pm news, I predict that one of the top stories you’ll see has to do with, not the lack of toilet paper, but the abundance of water. Spring floods are upon us once again, and the TV reporters are digging out their hip waders and will soon be seen out standing in the field as they document the spring freshet.

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Amazing chickadees adapt as temperature drops

2020 03 15 chickadees

            By David Hawke -- So, how's your code? Ma ed id still pugged up, bud at lead ma node had topped running, foe adwhile endyway. Seems everbody I knowd god a sore troat, hed code, or duh flu. Yuck.

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Sociable Spike could add magic to your life

2020 03 12 Spike

Spike is a wonderful bearded dragon who is needs a new family to care for him.

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Mourning doves already nesting

2020 03 07 doves

By David Hawke -- As I shovelled the snow off the deck once again, moaning and groaning sounds seemed to echo throughout our valley. But this time they weren’t coming from me (I’ve learned to moan and groan silently elsewise someone near and dear to me will suggest I go see the family doctor). No, this time the sounds were coming from the nearby grove of pine trees, and hearing this call actually made me happy.

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Mouse-savvy home needed for two little sweeties

2020 03 05 mice

Two cute little mice are looking for a new home.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED Jose still looking for her perfect person

2020 03 02 josie

Jose has been with us here at Furry Friends for 163 days. That’s a pretty significant portion of her 1.5 year old life that she has spent waiting for her own special person!

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Voracious, venomous, creepy critter

2020 03 01 scutigera

What has 30 rather long legs, runs like greased lightning, is only a couple inches long at best, eats living prey, has venom in its mouth, is able to climb walls, shuns the light, and lives in your house? A character from a Stephen King horror novel? Nope, guess again.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Energetic Tyson wants play and treats

2020 02 27 Tyson

Hi, I’m Tyson.

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Love is in the air for great horned owls

2020 02 23 owlnestBy David Hawke -- The wind rattles bare branches and damp coldness fills the night air.

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Purr-fect pair of sweet, loving siblings

2020 02 20 kahlua and cali

If you are looking for a sweet, loving and very affectionate pair of sibling felines, this is the purr-fect pair!

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UPDATE: ADOPTED 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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UPDATE: ADOPTED Some bunny to love for Valentine's!

2020 0 16 Gomez

Happy Valentine's Day! 

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