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Sweet little guinea pig needs a home to retire

2019 12 20 Gouda

Gouda is the sweetest little guinea going.

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Chickadee survival tactics revealed!

2019 12 21 chickadee

By David Hawke -- The wildlife of our area, if they are programmed to stay and survive winter, are subjected to a rolling schedule of feast then famine. Food abundance can and does disappear overnight, whether the cause be weather (hey, it snowed last night... a lot!) or migration (hey, where'd everybody go?). To get by until springtime many changes must be undertaken, sometimes physiological, sometime with behaviours.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Marvellous Mena is cuddly and outgoing

2019 12 17 Mena

This marvellous seven-month-old kitten is waiting to meet you right now at Pet Valu Barrie Wellington St.

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Immediate home needed for sweet male cat

2019 12 16 poseidon

Poseidon is a loving, gentle soul who gets along well with other cats, but not dogs.

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Red-bellied woodpecker rare but expanding in the Lake Simcoe area

2019 12 14 red belliedwoodpecker

By David Hawke -- I admit I was rushing when I went out the door... places to go, people to see... so my sudden appearance was indeed a surprise to the gathered flock of birds. Blue jays bolted this-away, chickadees flitted that-away and two black squirrels almost had a head-on collision as escape branches were grasped for! But then a new shape was noted, a new pattern of feathers, enough of a difference that I halted half-way across the deck for a better look-see.

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Sweet bonded siblings looking for home together

2019 12 12 shadow.tigger

Shadow and Tigger are a bonded pair of siblings who are hoping you will welcome them both into your home.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Loodles will be your family helper!

2019 12 11 loodlesLoodles is nine years old and has been waiting for six months at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter for her 'furever' family.

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Winter reveals some of Nature's secrets

2019 12 08 hawke nest

By David Hawke -- If Mother Nature were ever to sit in on a card game, you could count me out! For Nature doesn’t like to reveal any secrets, and if they are revealed, it's only because it needn't be kept a secret any longer.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED Sweet and soft Mya loves to be brushed and cuddled

2019 12 05 Mya

Sweet and soft Mya is 9 years old, with a glowing personality.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Energetic puppy needs a family to keep up with her!

2019 12 05 Joey

Joey is a female, approximately 9 months old.

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How conifers cope with Winter's cold

2019 11 30 ScotchPineHawke By David Hawke -- Winter tires on? Check. Storm windows installed? Check. Snow boots, scarf and toque dug out from back of closet? Check.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Are you sweet Erica's purrfect person?

2019 11 29 Erica

Darling Erica is still hoping and waiting to find her forever family at Pet Valu Barrie Yonge St.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Lucy is still looking for someone to snuggle!

2019 11 28 Lucy1

Lucy is a bit shy at first but once she is comfortable with you, she becomes a snuggle bug.

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How deciduous trees survive the winter

2019 11 23 treemandala

By David Hawke -- Thank goodness for the rains of autumn! Nothing beats a good ground-soaker to help the trees prepare for winter. While most of us mobile creatures often bemoan the cold dampness of pre-winter, the stuck-in-one-place trees are, I’m sure, quite grateful for the additional moisture that’s dropped within their reach.

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UPDATE: ADPOPTED! One-year-old Ethan is the purr-fect fit!

2019 11 21 Ethan

Ethan is the purr-fect fit for any home! He is funny, entertaining, social and just an all around busy boy.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! One-year-old Jose is spirited and quirky

2019 11 20 jose

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

2019 11 16 Bob Whittam

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

2019 11 09 milkweed.seed      

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?

2019 11 08 April

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

2019 11 07 Millie

This beauty is Millie.

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