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Pandemic is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature

Pandemic is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature

Many other species share our spaces and, in this new norm of social isolation, that is just fine, says outdoors columnist
They're mad as a March hare ... and not social distancing!

They're mad as a March hare ... and not social distancing!

Cottontail rabbits are carrying on their spring rituals, oblivious to the COVID-19 pandemic
Stockpiling toilet paper? That won't help deal with spring flooding

Stockpiling toilet paper? That won't help deal with spring flooding

Areas of our region are bracing for the annual surge of water and its potentially harmful impact, says outdoors columnist
Chickadees are tough little birds that can survive on their own

Chickadees are tough little birds that can survive on their own

Chickadees eat the equivalent of 150 sunflower seeds a day during mild winter temperatures and up to 250 when it's colder, says outdoors columnist
Did you hear that? It's the sobbing sound of mourning doves!

Did you hear that? It's the sobbing sound of mourning doves!

The haunting song of the mourning doves is a sure sign that warmer weather is on the horizon, says outdoors columnist
It's venomous, has 30 legs ... and lives in your house!

It's venomous, has 30 legs ... and lives in your house!

Despite horror-novel-like characteristics, House Centipedes, while being quite voracious and lively, are not a threat to humans, says outdoors columnist
Love is in the chilly air for these tough winged warriors

Love is in the chilly air for these tough winged warriors

Between Valentine's Day and the dawn of spring, the mother incubates the eggs, while the father brings her food, outdoors columnist explains
Hiking in the woods at night can be a wondrous experience

Hiking in the woods at night can be a wondrous experience

Allowing yourself to experience 'night vision' is the magic that makes a night hike work, says outdoors columnist
Groundhog Day makes little sense — let's celebrate the snowy owl

Groundhog Day makes little sense — let's celebrate the snowy owl

There are many winter critters that could be the centre of attention, says our outdoors columnist
Cabbage butterfly got lost on its way to its warm, winter den

Cabbage butterfly got lost on its way to its warm, winter den

Our outdoors columnist was surprised to find a butterfly fluttering around inside his home - in mid-January!