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Oh deer! Bucks' need to exude masculinity takes toll on trees

Oh deer! Bucks' need to exude masculinity takes toll on trees

As you enjoy early fall colours, keep a sharp eye for evidence of deer and moose using the trees for back rubs, says outdoors columnist
Homeschooling your kids? Outdoor education opportunities abound

Homeschooling your kids? Outdoor education opportunities abound

Nature provides valuable lessons and can be fun for the whole family, says outdoors columnist
Ghostly shapes shrouding trees are bubbles for tiger moths

Ghostly shapes shrouding trees are bubbles for tiger moths

'Fall webworms' create nests that are visual distractions to the landscape but most efforts to remove them are futile, says outdoors columnist
Goldenrod, a scapegoat for allergies, is a medicinal plant

Goldenrod, a scapegoat for allergies, is a medicinal plant

Insects like to live within the stems and leaves of goldenrods, which are prolific in this region, notes outdoors columnist
For turtles, basking in the sun can be a matter of life or death

For turtles, basking in the sun can be a matter of life or death

Cold-blooded turtles rely on their surrounding environment to warm them up or cool them down, explains outdoors columnist
Shy, fast and elusive: Skinks pose a challenge for photographers

Shy, fast and elusive: Skinks pose a challenge for photographers

Hiding under small broken boulders of granite, these lizards are predators that are fast on their feet, says outdoors columnist
Be 'berry' careful of bears if you're going raspberry picking

Be 'berry' careful of bears if you're going raspberry picking

If you plan on indulging on some trailside nibbling, you should know there are several species of raspberries in our area, says outdoors columnist
Grandson's interest in moths becomes study of life lessons

Grandson's interest in moths becomes study of life lessons

Outdoors lover finds a way to incorporate geography, spelling, observation skills and language lessons in unique home schooling experience
Unique 'swamp monsters' are masters of camouflage

Unique 'swamp monsters' are masters of camouflage

July and August are the peak months to find dragonfly nymphs, dubbed flying ‘eating machines,’ says outdoors columnist
Heat wave reminds us of the importance of trees, shade

Heat wave reminds us of the importance of trees, shade

The tree’s shade is cooling me, settling me, allowing me to compose both mind and body, says outdoors columnist