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<b>COLUMN:</b> Summer is fleeting, so go outside, find solitude!

COLUMN: Summer is fleeting, so go outside, find solitude!

You don’t have to eat roots and berries, but a simple getaway should be just that ... simple, urges columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> A beautiful trillium is eight years in the making

COLUMN: A beautiful trillium is eight years in the making

While there is no law against picking a trillium — outside of provincial parks — ask yourself if a temporary bouquet is worthwhile, urges columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Birds of a feather molt together ... for good reason

COLUMN: Birds of a feather molt together ... for good reason

Even the wing and tail feathers are replaced in anticipation of the arduous fall flight to South America and other destinations of warmth, explains columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Spawning run of suckers signals spring in Sundial Creek

COLUMN: Spawning run of suckers signals spring in Sundial Creek

Primitive looking fish have been spawning in shallow streams for eons, explains columnist who says spring sucker run can last several weeks
<b>COLUMN:</b> No need for mourning as dove population soars

COLUMN: No need for mourning as dove population soars

Mourning doves are quite easy to observe as they are well adapted to city living as well as rural settings, explains outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Freaky or fascinating? Keep your eyes peeled for these critters

COLUMN: Freaky or fascinating? Keep your eyes peeled for these critters

Some 30 spider species call Ontario home and their hunting techniques vary, explains outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Unmistakable catkins are spring's early flowers

COLUMN: Unmistakable catkins are spring's early flowers

Catkins, lacking delicate parts, can tough out a few days of chill rain and a small flurry of lacklustre snow, notes outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Being a victim of a pesky skunk can really stink

COLUMN: Being a victim of a pesky skunk can really stink

If you have been sprayed, you have to fight science with science, and that doesn't include tomato juice, says outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Our natural world is springing into 'very dynamic shift'

COLUMN: Our natural world is springing into 'very dynamic shift'

'Winter things are disappearing and spring things are showing up in every habitat type from wilderness to urban,' notes outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Earliest blossoms of the season springing into form

COLUMN: Earliest blossoms of the season springing into form

A question persists, says columnist: Can wildlife species adapt to new blooming periods and all the changing attachments in their web of life?