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The terrible death toll on our roads

2020 06 21 hawke roadkills

By David Hawke -- Road kills. We see them all the time, lying on the pavement, sometimes surrounded by fresh gore, other times well-cooked from a few days in the hot sun. These animals, who never made it to the other side, are part of a motorist's daily life -- usually we just see them, occasionally we cause them.

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Delightful time for sedge-heads

2020 06 13 sedges small

          By David Hawke -- This is an awkward time of year for one who professes to be a naturalist. The spring flowers are pretty well over, the song birds have stopped most of their singing and the woods are now dark and deep in shadows. Not that any of that is a bad thing, it just that the excitement of spring has slipped away and the lazy summer days haven’t quite arrived.

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The morel of this blog - taste with trepidation

2020 06 06 ediblewildBy David Hawke -- You can tell that we humans are hard-wired with the need to survive.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED - Mary is a smart bunny

2020 06 05 Marybunny

I'm Mary!  At first I was very suspicious of people after being found outside in a park. But now I love to hop up right to my new friends for pets on the head and treats for being such a good bunny. 

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Small, colourful warblers finally arrive

2020 05 30 warblers

By David Hawke -- If you were to chart the highs and lows of excitement for birdwatchers you would see a high peak in late March when the waterfowl migrate northwards, the ducks, geese and swans following the edge of melting ice as the lakes open up.

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Moles, voles and holes in your yard

2020 05 23 voles

By David Hawke -- There have been reports coming in of “unauthorized construction” appearing in many yards this spring: heaps of soil and haphazard tunneling have shown up regularly since the snow cover melted away. All good evidence that moles have been ‘busy as beavers’ helping you maintain a beautiful lawn. However, their messy habit of leaving soil debris may not fit with your vision of a manicured grassland.

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Support Dave in the 2020 Carden Challenge!

2020 05 23 towhee2

Hello to all the dear readers of my stories,

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UPDATE: ADOPTED Eight-month-old Soux ready for play, training, love

2020 05 21 Soux

Hey there, I’m Soux! I am an energetic, lovable eight-month-old girl who
came to the Barrie SPCA through the Northern Dog program.

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The trilliums are shivering this year!

2020 05 17 trilliums

By David Hawke -- It may have just been the way the cool breeze swept over them, but I think I saw a patch of white trilliums shivering. Heavy in bud, not yet open, waiting, waiting… when will it be warm enough to burst open into radiant bloom? I mean, really, what’s up with the weather this spring?

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Our responsibility to stop invasives

2020 05 10 hawke invasiveBy David Hawke -- There are those who say that we humans are a part of nature, and those who say that we are separate, indeed above, nature.

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Guest — Outdoorsygal
Would have been nice to see a few shots of some of these evasive species. Just a suggestion ?
Sunday, 10 May 2020 23:29
Johanna Powell
Thanks for your comment. The green plant in the photo is garlic mustard, one of the invasive plants Dave talks about, and should h... Read More
Monday, 11 May 2020 06:35
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UPDATE: ADOPTED Sweet, handsome Simon

2020 05 07 Simon

Simon, a grey tabby with some white, is approximately two years old.

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Black squirrels with blond tails!?

2020 05 04 squirrel2Dear Lake Simcoe Nature Detective:  A family of black squirrels with "blond tails" has shown up in our woods this spring.

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The frog he would a wooing go

2020 05 03 frogs

By David Hawke -- With temperatures sneaking up past the freezing point, the frog he would a wooing go. Although the cool temperatures of late have delayed some aspects of spring, the amorous frogs have been jostling for position in the icy waters.

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Deer 'social distance' every Spring

2020 04 26 hawke deer

By David Hawke -- With the melting of the winter’s snow comes an important time in the life of a white-tailed deer… social distancing! For the past four months, all the deer in the area have been clustered together in a deer yard, and now it’s time for spring break!

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What is that crow REALLY thinking?

2020 04 18 anthromorph

By David Hawke -- While anthropomorphism is a honkin' big word, it describes something we do, probably every day. Have you ever looked at an animal and said that "it looks like it’s hungry" or "it must be lonesome" or "it acts angry"? The transfer of a human emotion onto an animal is an anthropomorphic act.

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Mouse finds cozy bird house to wait for Spring

2020 04 04 mice

         By David Hawke -- To enjoy another day of ‘social distancing,’ I took a wander through our tree farm to inspect for winter damage and assess what work may lay ahead in regards to pruning. The snow had been dropping steadily and the remaining patches were still sturdy enough to walk on without snowshoes. The freeze-thaw cycles of March were chipping away at winter in a delightfully steady fashion.

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Mystery insect is tree squirrel bot fly

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By Bob Bowles -- Any live bug in Simcoe County in late March -- other than the occasional woolly bear, snow flea, or winter stonefly – is, of course, extremely interesting. Therefore, I was intrigued to receive a message from an Orillia resident with a report and photo of a yellow and black bumblebee-like creature she discovered crawling over a neatly folded pile of clean laundry inside her house. She felt this was unusual and asked if I could identify it. 

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The dance of the hares

2020 03 29 hare

By David Hawke -- It is now well into March so I assume that you know what that means… it’s rabbit dancing season! The term ‘mad as a March hare’ was coined to describe the courtship antics of both rabbits and hares, at least for the male members of the species.

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Homes on flood plains prone to Spring flooding

2020 03 21 watersheds with pic

By David Hawke -- In the coming week, if you watch the 6pm news or, if you’re still young enough to stay up, the 11pm news, I predict that one of the top stories you’ll see has to do with, not the lack of toilet paper, but the abundance of water. Spring floods are upon us once again, and the TV reporters are digging out their hip waders and will soon be seen out standing in the field as they document the spring freshet.

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Amazing chickadees adapt as temperature drops

2020 03 15 chickadees

            By David Hawke -- So, how's your code? Ma ed id still pugged up, bud at lead ma node had topped running, foe adwhile endyway. Seems everbody I knowd god a sore troat, hed code, or duh flu. Yuck.

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