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Recommended reading for wildlife lovers

Happy New Year, everyone! If you haven’t done so already, maybe take a moment to celebrate the wonderful natural world all around us. Can you believe it’s already 2016? Although many are wondering what is in store for them at home, at work, with friends, family, and loved ones, I find myself wondering what wildlife […]

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Open eyes reveal a birder’s paradise

Ever since I got into birding I’ve come to appreciate what seems like a very obvious cliché: the more you open your eyes, the more you see. The more I learn about the natural world and the more I learn about plants and animals, the more I seem to notice the beauty and abundance of […]

Look into my big yellow eyes…

October is here and the bird migration is going strong. If you’ve been observing the departure of our local songbirds, hawks, Canada geese, and others, you might be lucky enough this time of year to also catch a glimpse of a migrating owl. While it’s nice for us to enjoy the sight of these birds […]

Rabbits perfect their happy bunny dance

It’s that time of year when the rabbits start to reproduce like, well, rabbits, as I’m sure many of you have noticed. Though they might be bad for our vegetable gardens, it’s hard to stay mad at fuzzy wittle bunnies. Recently Erle and I have enjoyed watching a pair of rabbits in our front yard. […]

Celebrating Canada’s most beloved rodent

Every day, every walk, and every drive seems to bring a new adventure for me. Am I lucky? Maybe, but I wonder if maybe by learning about the wonderful natural world around me I’ve found a way to create my own luck. Just the other day I was taking a walk by the water and […]

In praise of early morning song

Have you ever heard the dawn chorus? It’s one of the most beautiful sounds found in nature and one that can be appreciated anywhere in the world where birds sing. The dawn chorus is the mix of high and low notes, trills, and whistles you hear from the birds each morning as the sun rises. […]

A look back at a growth experience

If you’ve been reading my articles you’ve probably noted the many reasons why I love the winter. Among other reasons, winter allows anyone interested to take pictures of animals on beautiful snowy backgrounds, to follow animal tracks after a fresh snowfall, and to easily locate waterfowl, as growing lake ice encourages them to group together […]

‘Snow angels’ show traces of wildlife

Of the many reasons to love winter, one of my top ones is finding footprints in freshly fallen snow. If you take the time to go for an early morning walk after a snowfall you can observe the extensive animal activity that is happening all the time and all around us. Animals that are nocturnal, […]

Serial murderer or animal helper?

I’ve had some interesting conversations with different people over the years, but the day a police officer asked me if I was a serial killer might be one of the most memorable. I should probably explain that I wasn’t under arrest, at a police station, or crouched over a body. I was merely standing behind […]