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Tips for watching the elusive butterfly

   2019 07 03 butterflies          By David Hawke -- Although birdwatching is certainly a year-round activity for naturalists,

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Orchids are the 'superstars' of wildflowers

2019 06 23 orchidsBy David Hawke -- In the world of wildflowers, orchids are the 'superstars'.

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Update: ADOPTED! Beauty lives up to her name!

2019 06 23 BeautyBeauty lives up to her name - She's GORGEOUS!

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Coy violets abound in Nature's garden

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By David Hawke -- Each spring we (well, okay, my wife Julie) tries to "improve" the looks of the landscape around our home, the most obvious endeavor usually being the flower gardens.

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Waiting to be your next family member

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Henry came into the care of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society in May, one of 70 cats transported from the Second Chance Pet Network in Dryden, located approximately 140 kilometres east of Kenora. He has been patiently waiting for a home and is hopeful that you’ll come meet him today.

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Update: Grizzly has been adopted

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

2019 05 27 tree.resized

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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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Maxfield is a pet with 'catitude'!

 2019 05 22 Max

Meet Maxfield.

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The showy trillium is a springtime favourite

2019 05 21 trillium

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

2019 05 15 GFTG

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

2019 05 12 ToadTrilling

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!

2019 05 03 Walker

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

2019 04 10 Carden ducks

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

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