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<b>COLUMN:</b> Is it time to re-think battle against invasive species?

COLUMN: Is it time to re-think battle against invasive species?

Is the time and money being spent on current control methods really the best way to tackle the issue, wonders outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Feisty red squirrels are small but mighty forces

COLUMN: Feisty red squirrels are small but mighty forces

Red squirrel spends much of its time doing battle against other squirrels, woodpeckers, owls and others in the woodlot to protect its winter bounty
<b>COLUMN:</b> Nature's news is all around us

COLUMN: Nature's news is all around us

Tracks left in snow tell tales of critters' adventures
<b>COLUMN:</b> It's that time of the year: Deer are losing their heads!

COLUMN: It's that time of the year: Deer are losing their heads!

After being shed, the cast antler becomes a much needed dietary supplement for rodents as well as for carnivores such as coyote and fox
<b>COLUMN: </b> Sharp-shinned hawk provides up-close lesson in survival

COLUMN: Sharp-shinned hawk provides up-close lesson in survival

Shy but wily predator waited for human observers to leave the scene before swooping down to claim the spoils of war: a mourning dove
<b>COLUMN:</b> Swarm of wild turkeys was a 'grape' adventure

COLUMN: Swarm of wild turkeys was a 'grape' adventure

A bumper crop of wild grapes, hanging thick in clusters, put more than 50 turkeys in the midst of outdoor columnist's recent travels
<b>COLUMN:</b> Letting nature take its course can be painful

COLUMN: Letting nature take its course can be painful

When it comes to nature, and particularly the fate of a living creature, we have a list of options to choose from, says outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Wild pigs are a threat to our natural environment

COLUMN: Wild pigs are a threat to our natural environment

While fictionalized pigs are cute, real live wild pigs could be an 'ecological disaster about to sweep across southern Ontario farmlands,' warns columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> What sets us apart from all other living things?

COLUMN: What sets us apart from all other living things?

We are storytellers, making us the only species on the planet that has been able to carry its history from one generation to the next, columnist explains
<b>COLUMN:</b> Change the clock, change the tires, put up the bird feeder

COLUMN: Change the clock, change the tires, put up the bird feeder

To see wild birds feed, groom, argue and roost just inches away, with only a pane of glass between you and them, is an entertaining education, says columnist