Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Super playful, sociable, athletic softie

2019 06 17 grizzlyDon't let the name fool you, Grizzly is a huge softie!

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Watch for the ‘flicker’ of yellow wing feathers

2019 06 14 flicker2Here's a new one for you... "When is a woodpecker not a woodpecker? When it's a flicker!"

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How to create an edible garden

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An Edible Garden, by Anna Van Maris

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Anna has a big heart, full of love

2019 06 04 chubbyannaAnna is a big girl with an even bigger heart full of love to give.

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Colourful wildflowers bring much more than simple joy

2019 06 03 wildflowersBy David Hawke -- Observing a springtime blossom is such a simple joy.

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Fighting for our white pines

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By David Hawke -- I pause and take a look at the daunting line of pine trees still ahead of me: "1,800 down and 400 to go."

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Maxfield is a pet with 'catitude'!

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Meet Maxfield.

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The showy trillium is a springtime favourite

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By David Hawke -- A white-tailed deer had made its presence known by a series of nipped-off trillium stems, a seasonal reminder that the deer are always out there, always hungry. Aside from human bouquet-gatherers, trilliums usually don't have too much to worry about, other than a wandering doe.

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Spring Dandelion and Strawberry Salad

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By Anna Van Maris, Parklane Landscapes

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Delicious Spring treats soon ready for picking!

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Anna Van Maris is the owner at Parklane Landscapes.

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If frogs disappear, we won't be far behind

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By David Hawke -- It starts with a single peep, usually on an April eve. Just a peep.

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Butterfly war in the woodlot

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By David Hawke -- The country lane looked peaceful enough, the first true warming rays of springtime sun easily splashing down on the still damp gravel. The snow had gone, with a few small puddles of melt water all that remained to remember the winter snows. As I wandered along, little did I know that this was a scene of great anxiety, as I had just intruded on the butterfly wars.

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Let's find Walker a home!

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Energetic Walker needs a special home. 

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Declining woodcock numbers signal ecological alert

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By David Hawke -- While the name 'timberdoodle' may sound wacky, it somehow seems to fit the bird whose moniker it is.

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Lake Simcoe’s opening water is magnet for migrating ducks

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By David Hawke -- Buffleheads and ringnecks. Goldeneyes and bluebills. Hoodies and woodies.

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UPDATE: Majestic Frankie has been adopted!

 

2019 04 18 FrankieUPDATE: Majestic and proud Frankie has been adopted!

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Abner is a sweet guy who has lots of love to share!

 

AbnerLake Simcoe Living, in partnership with the SPCA Orillia Animal Centre, brings you a regular feature highlighting a special pet that is in need of adoption.

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Sparrows mark start new season in Lake Simcoe area

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By David Hawke -- The snowbanks are melting, tree sap is running, puddles are ripe for splashing and the annual springtime mess under the bird feeders is once again revealed.

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Luney is waiting patiently for a loving home

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Luney is an affectionate 10-year-old black cat with mesmerizing green eyes.

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Connecting with Lake Simcoe nature

2019 03 28 Otter smallerBy David Hawke -- I have a challenge with otters.

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