Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Hang in. Spring is on its way - really!

2019 03 17 wyemarsh

By David Hawke -- Maybe it's just the time of year, but each March many people, myself included, get a tad melancholy. Each day passes looking much the last... and tomorrow is shaping up to be a lot like today. Ho-hum. Is it just us, or are we missing something?

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Sweet senior Zoey ready to give kisses

2019 03 14 ZoeyThe Ontario SPCA in Stouffville has the sweetest senior dog who needs a little extra TLC in her forever home.

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The pileated woodpecker appears dressed to kill - bugs, not trees

2019 03 09 woodpecker1

By David Hawke -- You don't see them very often, but when you do it's a moment to remember. With their bright scarlet top-knot and striking black-and-white plumage, the pileated woodpecker is a bird that looks quite “dressed-up.”

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Your one and only Rose

2019 03 07 Rose

Meet Rose, who is available for adoption.

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Why are there so many sandhill cranes in the Lake Simcoe area?

By David Hawke - As a nature-loving kind of guy I like to think that a report of a species strengthening its population is a good thing.

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Chickadees evade surprise attack

2019 02 23 chickadeeREVBy David Hawke -- About the only time a chickadee remains still is when it's dead, sleeping, or about to become dead.

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Gabbie and Tumble want a quiet forever home

2019 02 19 Tumble

2019 02 19 Gabbie

Hey there! Our names are Gabbie and Tumble. We are seven-year old Calico ladies.

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Look for special scenes of beauty in your Lake Simcoe region

2019 02 17 forestfogBy David Hawke -- "Art is where you find it. Art is all around us, always."

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Sweet dog has been adopted

2019 02 14 lugnut1

UPDATE (Feb. 19, 2019) Lugnut has been adopted! Have a great life, sweet dog!

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NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY! Help animals in need

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NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY! Are you ready to "bake" a difference for animals in need?

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Adorable guinea pigs make great pets!

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Are you looking for a little critter to keep you company?! Look no further! The OSPCA Barrie Animal Centre has 3 guinea pigs available for adoption - Mocha, Coco and Latte!

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Tracks tell of unexpected results in Lake Simcoe area field

2019 02 09 turkeys in yard

By David Hawke -- "Cause and effect" is a term that is well known in the scientific community (and I imagine it's just as well known in the social community).

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Creatures fight for food - and survival - around Lake Simcoe

2019 02 03 red squirrel

By David Hawke -- The pattern of holes in the snow revealed where a red squirrel had come forth from the distant spruce trees.

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Woodpecker legend - good reading for a winter day

2019 01 27 woodpecker

By David Hawke -- Just as the temperature slides up and down the thermometer, so too does the level of activity around our bird feeders.

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Super chatty tabby Ronin is adventurous and affectionate

2019 01 22 Ronin1Hey there! My name is Ronin and I am a 2 year old grey tabby. I am a sweet guy who loves getting attention.

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Fragile ecosystems could be at risk

2019 01 20 TreeMandala JulianaHawke

By David Hawke -- As one studies the natural environment, trying to understand the inter-relationships of many species, the exercise can become a bit overwhelming. I say this as one who has had the privilege to work in and for our environment for several decades. Concepts once considered simple and straightforward have become very complex.

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Adapting to survive Lake Simcoe area’s changing climate

2019 01 12 adapt

By David Hawke -- Snow insulates, ice not so much. This little fact comes into play in a big way if you happen to be a deer mouse, meadow vole or, occasionally, a ruffed grouse.

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Fresh fox tracks as balance swings in Lake Simcoe area

2019 01 07 foxBy David Hawke -- As I hauled garbage bags and blue bins out to the end of our lane, the neatly laid pattern of fox tracks in the snow caught my eye.

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Magical beauty across Lake Simcoe Watershed

2018 12 28 magicBy David Hawke -- According to TV advertisements, this is the season of magic.

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Eruption of rabbits in the Lake Simcoe area this year

2018 12 10 Milkweed

By David Hawke -- Every eight or 10 years, the woodlots and backyards of our region erupt in rabbits. Rabbits on the lawn, rabbits in the garden, rabbits crossing the road, dead rabbits laid at your feet by the family cat, and well, just rabbits everywhere. This is a natural cycle with the realm of nature, and peaks within a fairly regular period.

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