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Breaking down barriers to climate inaction

2021 01 21 winter2Floods, forest fires, air pollution, and more. Most of us know that the planet is currently facing a climate change crisis. So why aren’t we doing more about it?

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Keeping away the Winter’s cold

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By David Hawke — What is it about firewood that still catches our attention in these modern times? Few people use it as primary heat for the home, and even homes with fireplaces rarely actually spark them up. Yet there sits a pile of birch or ash beside the grate, neatly split and ready to go, more for aesthetics than practical use.

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Winter's delicate beauty

2021 02 13 hawke snowflakesBy David Hawke -- A single snowflake is a beautiful thing.

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Hunt for wildlife — it may be closer than you think!

2021 02 06 hawke indoor.wildlifeBy David Hawke — Seeking wildlife species is a constant quest for most of us.

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Wondering about ravens evermore

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By David Hawke -- No doubt many of you have watched Olympic ice dancers performing their skating routine and were awed by their precise, symmetrical movements and fluid grace. I admit that they are pretty good, but definitely less impressive than a pair of ravens performing their courtship flight.

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Give Grey a home this winter!

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Grey is a 10-year-old male tabby searching for a fur-ever home! This independent and bold senior has a bit of cat-itude; he’ll tell you when he wants your affection. But if you are okay letting him take the lead, he might be the purr-fect cat for you!

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Parks and natural areas overwhelmed by unruly visitors

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By David Hawke -- Well, here we go again. History, on a grand scale, is once more being written by the hordes of humanity. Last go-round was in the early 1800s when Europe and the United Kingdom were packed with people with nowhere to go and poor job prospects. And so, they surged to North America with the understanding that the land was basically unoccupied and opportunities for establishment and growth would be “boundless.”

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Midwinter — and we can see the light!

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By David Hawke -- While we collectively hunker down to get through winter (hey, it’s mid-January already), in the big cycle of life certain things do happen in wintertime. Whether the snowdrifts are piled over your car or barely over your boot-tops, natural rhythms and events are rolling out.

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Burdock inspired a catchy new material — Velcro

2021 01 09 hawke burdock          By David Hawke -- On a crisp autumn day in 1941, George de Mestral was out for a walk with his dog, Milka.

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Human nature goes under the microscope

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By David Hawke -- Of the five basic questions that must be asked to truly understand anything, those being who, what, when, where and why, it’s the answer to that last one that can really make or break a conversation.

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Hares, rabbits — and how to tell the difference

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By David Hawke -- One of the things I’ve noticed about converting our former pasture field into a forest has been the shift in wildlife species using the area.

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Environmental awareness, appreciation precede action

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By David Hawke -- I know there are readers of this blog who are waiting impatiently for me to rip a strip off our provincial government in regards to their recent and ongoing desecration of our accepted environmental protections.

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Give Celeste a loving home this holiday!

2020 12 17 Celeste1Celeste is looking to make your home a little bit warmer in time for the holidays!

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Hemlock reveals secrets of a good life

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By David Hawke -- Deep within our local valleys and wet areas grow a variety of conifer trees: white cedar, balsam fir, eastern hemlock, black spruce and tamarack.

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Predators: Cruel or simply part of nature?

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By David Hawke — If you have observed wildlife for any length of time, you may have realized that life for these critters can appear to be cruel and unfair; very few, if any, wild animals die of old age.

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Bonded pair of cats seeking purr-fect home together

NanoWith the winter cold upon us, it’s the perfect time to take in some snuggles with a furry friend, or two!

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Tracking our feathered visitors

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By David Hawke -- That last blast of snow no doubt encouraged you to get the bird feeders up and filled.

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Melancholy moments as fall turns to winter

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By David Hawke -- This month feels so much like a recently completed festival -- coloured leaves are gone, wildflowers have been killed by frost, Thanksgiving and Halloween are over, Indian summer has come and gone, and most of the birds, mammals and insects have either migrated or are hibernating. Nothing left but memories.

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Tigger can't wait to hop onto your lap!

tiggerTigger is the purr-fect companion to cuddle you through the cold winter!

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The autumn hunt -- both a tradition and a controversy

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By David Hawke -- BOOM! BOOM! KA-POW!  Yep, autumn has arrived and with it comes the annual tradition -- and associated controversy -- of hunting.

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