Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Perfect time to check on wilder neighbours

2019 03 30 Adams porcupineBy David Hawke – At the end of each winter, usually mid to late March, there comes a time when the snow conditions are ideal for walking, just about anywhere, without the aid of snowshoes or skis.

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We rely on Nature's fragile relationships

2019 03 24 BrownCreeper

By David Hawke -- While reading through an agricultural newspaper last week, I came upon a short article about bees and apple orchards.

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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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