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Life continues at a lively pace during Winter months

2020 01 05 owl

By David Hawke -- It seems fitting that the winter solstice, which marked the lengthening of daylight hours, coincided with this extended thaw. Within the big cycle of life, certain things happen in winter-time, whether or not the snowdrifts are piled over your car or barely over your boot-tops.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Sweetheart Gibby loves attention

2020 01 03 gibby

Meet Gibby, a six-year-old gentle soul who is looking for his forever home in the new year!

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Oh my is he ever beautiful. I would love to come see him. I am looking for a cat.
Sunday, 05 January 2020 20:33
Johanna Powell
You can see him at Pet Valu, 165 Wellington St W., Barrie.
Sunday, 05 January 2020 20:56
Guest — Judith mulhall
I am interested in gibby
Sunday, 05 January 2020 20:39
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On preserving traditional knowledge

2019 12 30 moon

By David Hawke -- If you look up at the moon and it's a lovely crescent shape... can you determine how long until the next full moon?

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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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I enjoyed this column. I have a collection of birds' nests & have had knowledgeable birdwatchers identify them. Some nests were ob... Read More
Sunday, 08 December 2019 16:11
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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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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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