Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

One-year-old Jose is spirited and quirky

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Jose is a rescue from Georgia with a BIG personality wrapped up in a little body!

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Naturalist Bob Whittam, much missed

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In the photo, Bob Whittam, then Director of the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, helps staff clean up. What's so special about that? Read on...

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The Dance of the Milkweed Seeds

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By David Hawke -- As October drips into November our outdoor excursions can become a tad chilly and damp, and it really does take an extra effort to appreciate the gifts of the season.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! How can you resist April's sweet face or soft, silky fur?

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One year old April was a rescue from Georgia, and she is just so happy to be here and meet new people.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Beautiful Millie is a shy three-year-old

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This beauty is Millie.

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Furry Friends’ PetSmart Adoptathon Nov. 8th to 10th

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Furry Friends’ PetSmart Adoptathon aims to get rescued kittens & cats “Home Before the Holidays.”

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Elusive yapping drives me barking mad

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By David Hawke -- The barking started at 7:30pm, loud, sharp and annoying. And it continued, non-stop for a good 30 minutes. Now, I have a saying about dogs, and that is, "The dog is probably a nice enough animal, it's the dog owner that's the problem". Yes, there are some nasty tempered dogs out there, but most of the time it seems the dog is 'misbehaving' as a result of poor training, no training, or some level of neglect from the owner.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Cuties Riley & Noel!

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These two cuties are a bonded pair that need to find a home together. They’re as sweet as can be and are so excited to meet you!

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Ruffed grouse get ready for winter

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By David Hawke -- It's just after a rain, and I'm walking along an old logging road, my boots absolutely silent as they press against the wet layers of fallen leaves. Tall poplars line each side of the roadway, their butter-yellow leaves spread thickly on the ground before me. Brambles hang over the trail's edge and clutch at my clothing as I pass by. Occasionally a raspberry thorn catches my attention and then, with exaggerated annoyance, I stop, back up, and disengage it from my sleeve or pant leg.

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Hop to it -- adopt gentle Kuro

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Kuro Is a two-year-old neutered male bunny who enjoys gentle petting. He prefers not to be held in your lap.

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Stunning colours this year - even on the forest floor

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By David Hawke -- Whether your daily walk takes you around the yard, around the block or through the woods, there is a good chance that you will have noticed a mushroom or two growing by the wayside. Depending on your character, you may have looked upon said mushroom and thought: 1. Eww, something rotting is going on here; 2. Hmm, wonder if I can eat it... or maybe it's poisonous; or 3. Wow, look at the form and colour, what a beauty!

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Paddy is one lovable cat!

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Paddy is uniquely handsome, with quirky looks and a warm personality, all wrapped up into one lovable cat!

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UPDATE -- All adopted! Sweet kittens ready to join your family

Luci Furr

Sweet kittens Luci-Furr, Amendial and Mazikeen were named after characters in the hit Netflex show Lucifer.

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Beware of the unseen daggers!

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By David Hawke -- "Beware the dagger moths! Beware the tussock moths!" is the cry that is going across the land this fall, and for good reason.

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Our wildlife depend heavily on forest 'mast'

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By David Hawke -- When a recent caller requested a column about mast production, I assumed she had me mixed up with someone else. What did I know about building sailing ships? But as the conversation went on, it became obvious that she was indeed on the right tack, as “mast” is a word to describe the fruiting bodies of trees -- acorns, beechnuts and such.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Cute bunny still looking for his family

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Introducing Chewy!

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More than one kind of mantis in the meadows

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By David Hawke -- Just when you think you know everything, along comes something new.

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Tracking the ebb and flow of life

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By David Hawke -- Once upon a time in my personal timeline, Sept. 25 held a special meaning: it was the carved-in-stone official first day of the fall hunting season. Ducks, geese, grouse, rabbits... you name it and I and my buddies were probably licensed and loaded for it. But that was then and this is now.

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Mouse is very curious and loves his treats!

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This handsome fellow is Mouse!

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Emma: A diamond in the rough

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Emma is a feral born rescue who is 9 years old.

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