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<b>COLUMN:</b> Milkweed, once a threat, is now loved and encouraged

COLUMN: Milkweed, once a threat, is now loved and encouraged

If you take a walk through a milkweed patch, you will quickly discover it is abuzz with life, says outdoors columnist
Mother Nature is taking care of those pesky caterpillars

Mother Nature is taking care of those pesky caterpillars

Did you notice hundreds upon hundreds of dead caterpillars on local trees? Our outdoors columnist explains what happened and why 'gypsy moth' term is out
Phragmites: the 'bad boy' of invasive species

Phragmites: the 'bad boy' of invasive species

Phragmites wreaks havoc on not only native species, but municipal budgets, too, columnist explains
<b>COLUMN:</b> When it comes to gypsy moths, resistance is futile

COLUMN: When it comes to gypsy moths, resistance is futile

These nuisances are here to stay, so we might as well get to know more about them
<b>COLUMN:</b> Why did the turtle cross the road? You better read this!

COLUMN: Why did the turtle cross the road? You better read this!

Roadside gravel shoulders are perfect turtle nurseries, offering easy digging, good sun exposure and proximity to a wetland, explains outdoors columnist
Bobolinks survive thanks to truce between farmers, biologists

Bobolinks survive thanks to truce between farmers, biologists

It was determined haying was putting these unique birds in peril, so a cooperative approach was developed to ensure they survive, columnist explains
Diabolical wrens are a force to be reckoned with in the woods

Diabolical wrens are a force to be reckoned with in the woods

Courting males boldy claim ownership of every nesting cavity within its boundaries - even if it means dispatching the current tenants
Peaceful and tranquil? For birds, spring turns habitat into war zone

Peaceful and tranquil? For birds, spring turns habitat into war zone

When a bird sings, whether sweetly or coarsely, it is a proclamation that 'this tree is mine!' explains outdoors columnist
For grosbeaks, finding an ant hill is like a trip to the spa

For grosbeaks, finding an ant hill is like a trip to the spa

Our outdoors columnist explains why several species of birds get themselves covered in ants ... quite deliberately
Iconic, familiar trillium has deep roots in the Canadian story

Iconic, familiar trillium has deep roots in the Canadian story

Official recognition began after First World War as white trillium was chosen to be planted on graves of Canadian soldiers, but there's lots to learn about this perennial